To begin, as an American, I have the highest respect for what that flag stands for, what that flag represents, and those who have done a lot more than me to make that flag still flies. As a teacher, I can say without hesitation that this was inappropriate, controversial, and not only wasted precious time for education but also now has been the entire year’s ciricula in a tailspin. In addition, regardless of the message being sent, the violent and overtly offensive act is a poor choice in examining symbolism and nonverbal messages. He not only offended a great many people, he brought shame to himself, controversy to his school, and distraction to his students.
The point he was making however, its not dogmatic nor indoctrination in the topic of the display, but rather in his method. He was trying to explain that the flag is a symbol. Its not just a piece of cloth, it represents something. I would have then pointed to my FSU Plague (GO NOLES!) and said, that symbol represents me, my fellow students, the college of FSU, the football team of FSU, etc. I then would explain how we can express nonverbal communication with symbolism. For example, doing as this man did, than saluting it to show a juxaposed comparison. I then would have added smashing my FSU plaque as further reinforcement. The guy is an obvious liberal, a buffoon, a controversial harlet, and most likely an annoying person to be around in the lounge. But, please don’t accuse every teacher of dogma/indoctrination, we ain’t all like that.