"A controversy has recently been in the news regarding the writings of those who declare that that Holocaust never happened. Is the blackout and censorship going on in this school another way to effect that and to have people forget these awful things so it will be possible for a cruel dictator to wipe out groups he/she doesn't like again? Will people ever understand enough about what is happening to academia and our public schools to rise up and change it?"
Good points. I do agree with Dr. Sowell that a lot of it comes down to the concept of fallen mankind and the belief that man is inherently evil unless changed by supernatural intervention and submission to that intervention. If the Left believes that evil comes from outside influences rather than the very nature of man, then the belief that controlling outside circumstances will rid the world of evil is very powerful. Many a Nazi and Communist argued that, after a painful (bloody) transition, State control will bring on a paradise for all and they are just the ones to run the State that will bring about the paradise.
Is this part of a larger conspiracy to brainwash the masses for control by the Left? I am always a little hesitant to abscribe conspiracy except by a few, very select players at the top. Most of the minions are useful idiots. They have been conditioned to believe some highly contradictory principles which are being mindlessly foisted on everyone. For example, one ought not challenge our children about anything that might make them uncomfortable, EXCEPT about their patriotism, religion, or codes of morality. One ought not frighten children EXCEPT about soldiers, guns, white males, and stay-at-home mothers. One ought not dictate lifestyles EXCEPT for veganism and "carbon footprints". One ought to rely completely on science EXCEPT in matters of homosexual relationships, abortion, or the differences between men and women. It goes on. In fact the very teaching of logic and reconciliation in the mind of man is being neglected, possibly on purpose but most likely because most have lost the ability to deal with contradictions in any way except to avoid them.
Will people wake up and change public education? It would take a massive revolt on the part of both teachers and parents. The problem is, many of us quit caring when our children are out of the system, at least until grandkids show up. And many feel it is a losing proposition and so are dropping out, going into home schooling or other options which give public education free rein to go about their conditioning of the ones left behind. I have a sister in public education. She has standards like mine and sees the flaws in society in general but we can't talk about education because she is highly defensive of any criticism whatsoever. She deals with occasional bad apple teachers but sees them as aberrations rather than the norm. She votes Republican (I think) but supports the highly-partisan NEA. Her tolerance of contradictions is almost unlimited. So I don't hold out much hope in the direction of getting teachers to revolt. Once teachers and other educators get high enough to see the real flaws in public education, the employment and retirement benefits are just too powerful for them to want to rock the boat.
Thank you so much for your intelligence and wisdom concerning all this. I learned from you and I wish society, at large, could openly debate these issues. Regarding teachers, some of those in my circles cannot wait to retire.