Skip to comments.Systematic Practice of Political Indoctrination at Universities and Colleges
Posted on 04/15/2012 12:03:27 AM PDT by expat1000
Homeschool is the only option left to the rational, freedom-loving American. The left and their subversive partners have destroyed our universities and colleges. Every parent with a child in school knows how awful the leftwing indoctrination is.
The war on education commenced with the student rebellion of 1964. Brick by brick, piece by piece, the great American education system was dismantled, destroyed. This did not happen organically. This was a deliberate, systematic attack on America and individualism.
Teaching as a Subversive Activity: The Theory of Political Indoctrination PJM
Last weekend I visited the U.C. Berkeley campus and on a whim attended a lecture with the provocative title Teaching as a Subversive Activity Revisited.
Because this was a presentation aimed at education insiders only, the lecturer, retired professor H. Douglas Brown from S.F. State, seemed perfectly willing to let the cat out of the bag about political indoctrination on college campuses. Fortunately, I had my trusty camera with me, so I was able not only to snap a few pictures but also record several key portions of his speech, which I found so eye-opening that I felt the general public deserved to hear it as well.
The timing couldnt have been better: A devastating new report issued by the National Association of Scholars had just been issued a few days beforehand, which documented with exquisite and irrefutable detail the extreme liberal bias at the University of California. However, the main problem with the NAS report (which you can download in full here if youre interested) is that its too overwhelming and too technical to deliver the kind of emotional impact needed to sway public opinion. To drive home the point in a more personal way, the NAS report needed an introductory companion anecdote of a professor frankly confessing the rationale behind what is essentially the theory of indoctrination. As if on cue, Professor Brown stepped into that role, unwitting though he may have been.
Let it be noted that Professor H. Douglas Brown is no wild-eyed extremist; in fact, hes rather bland and respectable and not the most thrilling of speakers, as you will soon hear. But thats what made his presentation so disturbing: radical and self-admittedly subversive attitudes that affect the future of society are discussed with matter-of-fact nonchalance. The main drawback of Professor Browns verbal style (at least from my point of view) is that he often resorts to the academics tried-and-true escape hatch, which is to rephrase statements as questions, so as to have plausible deniability if later confronted. Thus, for example, instead of just flatly saying something like We should indoctrinate students with leftist ideologies, he asks Should we indoctrinate students with leftist ideologies? and only after five minutes of talking in circles eventually concludes Yes.
The title of Browns lecture is taken from an influential and groundbreaking book published in 1969. Written by Neil Postman and Charles Weingartner, the manifesto Teaching as a Subversive Activity did not actually advocate political indoctrination in the classroom, but rather it was one of the first books to completely deconstruct the concept of education itself, and the subversion it advocated was much deeper and more structural: Get rid of tests, the notions of the right answer and the wrong answer, the memorization of facts, the ascendency of teachers, and so forth; instead, make education an ungraded process of learning how to think and how to criticize, respecting the opinions and ideas of the students themselves. Of course, this being 1969, it was presumed that the establishment status quo with its facts and rules was rigid and conservative, while the students were radical and transgressive, so all one had to do to foment a revolution was simply to put the kids in charge of their own education, and theyll naturally overthrow society without even being specifically instructed to do so. (If youre curious, the entire text of Teaching as a Subversive Activity is now available for free online as a PDF document.)
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Back in the 16th century Martin Luther wrote: “I am afraid that schools will prove to be the gates of Hell unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of youth.”
I’m now 78, and even back in 1953 I could see some of this coming (we called it brainwashing back then) in my first year of college!
Not only has our public schools and colleges became gates of Hell, so has our nation!
It started with the idea that we should have a single payer education system.
Forgive me for what I do - for I’m sure I’ve posted this at least 10x over the last 21 years......
This is the big kahuna that no one in either Christian or Conservative worlds is addressing.
Our nation’s kids are brainwashed for 13 to 17 years in Marxism, almost 24x7 (school, media), and we are now seeing two generations of the results: an almost majority of Marxists in the electorate.
This was the plan from the beginning. My mother, bless her sweet 96 year old heart, worked for the FBI in WWII as a secretary, and typed the then-known commmunist plans for taking over the USA from the inside, and this was a key foundational element. It has been slow - but totally successful. RINO’s are even one of the results.
We can promote Tea Party thinking all we want, but until we have a solution for dealing with/changing the root of the Marxist mentality - educations first, media 2nd - all our efforts are like the proverbial kid sticking his finger in the collapsing dam.
NO Christian or conservative addresses this as the root or comes up with a solution. Not Rush, not Michael Savage, no one.
Personally, I believe the only solution is the gospel of Jesus Christ. But alas, a majority of churches are - as planned - taken by the Marxist mindset as well.
Apart from divine intervention - the USA is history, as the tombstone says, “Death by Suicide”. We’re just waiting for the burial......
I'd modify your statement from the absolute "NO" to a qualification about "no current" and add "as a consistent, daily message". The reason they don't do so can be found in the history of how those with that message have been derisively dismissed to the point of becoming irrelevant. Since your mom is 96yo, I bet you and she could have a lively conversation on this subject from what each of you have observed just in your lifetimes.
For conversation starters, especially given your mom's background, I'd offer Nixon and McCarthy as congressman and senator, respectively, in the late 40s and thru the mid-50s. For a book review, Amazon has the classic "None Dare Call It Treason". A review of the Rosenberg nuclear spy case and the subsequent death sentence would probably provide potential areas for study. Each of these will reveal how those dealing in the reality of cultural subversion were treated by media and political elite.
That's true. You've got the big picture.
We've cultivated Marxism in our schools, promoted it via our media, and hawked it through our government institutions. And the successfully conditioned voter/customer base has become quite pleased with the product on offer.
Technically, of course, you are correct. But I think the word “is” has embedded in it the thought, “currently”.
Not sure I agree it’s all a matter of guts tho, though you are correct on what happens if one does address it. With some who know, I’m sure it is. With others, it’s probably simply because - unlike other areas - they simply cannot propose a solution. A few may not even know or want to deal with the root cause.......
Grew up on books like “None Dare Call it Treason” and others like it....
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