Free will, free thinking. That is what the sixties generation claimed they wanted, but in reality it was free thinking allowed only if you were thinking along the lines they found acceptable.
Jump forward nearly fifty years and those who protested are now in charge of your child’s educational system. Bill Ayers is a infamous example. How can a nation let someone who thought killing ten percent of the population during a re-education campaign ala Stalin become a major contributor to the educational conversation concerning our kids?
Two American Thinker articles highlight this.
The day after Barack Obama’s re-election, unrepentant terrorist-turned-“education reformer” Bill Ayers posted an open letter to the president on his blog, focused on educational matters. Specifically, it was a straw man-filled plea to resist private influences in public education, in the names (naturally) of “freedom” and “democracy.”
Perfectly echoing his intellectual forbear, John Dewey, Ayers tells Obama that “[w]hen the aim of education and the sole measure of success is competitive, learning becomes exclusively selfish, and there is no obvious social motive to pursue it.” (See my discussion of Dewey’s near-identical remarks, and their meaning, here.)
Ayers even concludes his post by citing his hero by name. Reminding Obama of the progressive University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, where Ayers, Obama, and “your friend Rahm Emanuel” all sent their own children, he urges Obama to universalize this schooling through the public system, and concludes:
Good enough for you, good enough for the privileged, then it must be good enough for the kids in public schools everywhere — a standard to be aspired to and worked toward. Any other ideal for our schools, in the words of John Dewey who founded the school you chose for your daughters, “is narrow and unlovely; acted upon it destroys our democracy.”
In a typical leftist projection, Ayers, one of America’s foremost living experts on the methods of destroying a democracy, argues that only by following his prescription may democracy be saved. And, in a perfect parallel of the modern progressive ratchet, in which government causes a problem through regulation and then advocates more regulation as the solution to the problem, Ayers responds to the death of education under the hundred-year influence of Dewey (“the father of modern education“) by proposing to salvage the public schools by infesting them with even more Deweyism.
And make no mistake about one point: Ayers is invoking Dewey not merely as a respectable cover for his subversive agenda. Deweyism is his subversive agenda. Ayers and his fellow “reformers” are to Dewey what Lenin was to Marx. Marx was an intellectual who wished to undermine Western civilization. Lenin was a thug who sought to bring Marxist principles into full practice through propaganda, armed revolution, and sophisticated lies. Likewise, Dewey hated American liberty and individualism and wished to undermine them through socialist education. Ayers is Dewey’s less civilized, more “practically minded” disciple.
Having laid the groundwork regarding the methods and goals of Ayers and the Weather Underground (WU) in Part 1 of this interview with Larry Grathwohl, we turn now to the significance of this radicalism in today’s terms, particularly with regard to modern education.
DJ: Several members of WU and SDS, most famously Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, but also Howard Machtinger and others, have become prominent childhood education and “children’s rights” activists and theorists. What do you make of this?
Ayers is a nutjob, but a cunning one. His disciples have worked their way into your educational system and created a nightmare of bureaucracy and political agendas. One of those is the make kids hate guns. The goal, to push for disarmament of the American population, one method is by law, the other is by culture. And one way to get there is to influence young minds by “punishing” young offenders. The following is an example of the madness we have allowed to foment in our schools.
Around the ranch we usually mutter and shake our heads, but now they’ve gone too far.
Public school officials at Heritage Middle School in Meridian, Idaho put the school on ‘lockdown’ because a teenage boy was seen ‘roaming the halls’ with a … ready? … a folding military style … shovel.
No report filed on whether it was a high capacity shovel. Might have been high capacity in the hands of Big John, loading sixteen tons. Certainly not in the soft un-calloused hands of a school bureaucrat.
A middle school teenage boy was spotted in the halls with a ‘suspicious’ object and the school “resource officer” leapt into action. Only trouble was the boy was on an errand for a teacher who had forgotten the folding entrenching tool, meaning shovel. A prop for a history lesson on WWII.
Local police said no charges would be filed. So the kid’s got that going for him, which is nice.
Meanwhile, quoting the KTVB article:
… Nearby Rocky Mountain High School, Paramount Elementary, Prospect Elementary, Sawtooth Middle School were put in “shelter in place” mode, which means students weren’t allowed to leave those schools while police responded to Heritage Middle School. Exline says those schools took the measure as a precaution.
Dear God. Whatever happened to a proud and resilient people who took pride in the phrase “One Riot. One Ranger“? Are our public schools really captained by idiots and Peter Principle bureaucrats? Has it really come to this, that a boy with a shovel is a threat to the community?
There’s the boy who brought kombucha tea to school in his own lunchbox.
The six year old Maryland boy suspend for making gun-hand gesture and saying … gasp … Pow!
The Hyannis School District’s threat to rid themselves of a boy, age five, who made a gun out of Legos!
The Arizona high school freshman suspended for being in possession a blankety blank picture of a gun.
A Loveland, Colorado 2nd Grader playing at being hero during recess in a make believe game of saving his friends by throwing an imaginary grenade into a box.
(take the blood pressure pill, Geer)
The five year old suspended in Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania and actually accused of being a terrorist for playing with her ‘Hello Kitty Bubble Gun’. No, I did not make that up. Wait, I typed that wrong. Suspended for talking about playing with her bubble gun.
Melody Valentin was searched, harassed, interrogated, chastised, yelled at by school officials, ridiculed by her classmates and suspended for the crime of having a piece of paper with her that sorta kinda resembled a gun. Quote: “He [school official] yelled at me and said I shouldn’t have brought the gun to school and I kept telling him it was a paper gun, but he wouldn’t listen.” She was even called a murderer.
Paper bullets, anyone? A grown man yelling at a little girl, making her cry in public? He needs to meet Trace Adkins.
A Waco, Texas four year old boy suspended for hugging a teacher’s aide.
A San Diego teen suspended for bringing his Bible to school, and the horror of sharing his faith while at school.
Alyssa McKinley thought her Monument, Colorado friend was having an asthma attack and shared her asthma inhaler with her. That’s how they got thrown out of school. For an act of kindness.
Suspended for taking a picture of a teacher napping on the job. Yep, Mustang, Oklahoma. Not the teacher. The student.
My kids were homeschooled. They were brought up to question the consensus by nature. My oldest benefited from a great class in logical thinking held by a homeschooling mother. That allowed my daughter to realize when people in authority are speaking, they may not be telling the truth and it is best- and your right- to question them.
What is crazy is that mindset belongs to the liberals and the free thinking hippies of the sixties who grew up to be the ones trying to use the government to indoctrinate your kids into some kind of bizarre “1984” way of thinking.
It is hard to escape the irony.