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Michelle Malkin: Why Parents Donít Trust the Educator-in-Chief
The Santa Barbara Noozhawk ^ | September 6, 2009 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 09/07/2009 1:28:48 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Are American children to learn basic education or an agenda of education-as-'social justice'?

They think we’re crazy. “They” are the sneering defenders of President Barack Obama who can’t fathom the backlash against his nationwide speech to schoolchildren Tuesday. “We” are parents with eyes wide open to the potential for politicized abuse in America’s classrooms.

Ask moms and dads in Farmington, Utah, who discovered last week that their children sat through a Hollywood propaganda video promoting the cult of Obama. In the clip, a parade of entertainers vow to flush their toilets less, buy hybrid vehicles, end poverty and world hunger, and commit to “service” for “change.” Actress Demi Moore leads the glitterati in a collective promise “to be a servant to our president.” Musician Anthony Kiedis pledges “to be of service to Barack Obama.”

The campaign commercial crescendos with the stars and starlets asking their audience: “What’s your pledge?”

This same “Do Something” ethos infected the Education Department teachers guides accompanying the announcement of Obama’s speech — until late Wednesday, that is, when the White House removed some of the activist language exhorting students to come up with ways to “help the president.” Education Secretary Arne Duncan had disseminated the material directly to principals across the country — circumventing elected school board members and superintendents now facing neighborhood revolts.

O’s bureaucrats can whitewash offending language from Tuesday’s speech-related documents, but they can’t remove the taint of left-wing radicalism that informs Obama and his education mentors. A spokesman maintained that the speech is “about the value of education and the importance of staying in school as part of his effort to dramatically cut the dropout rate.” But the historical subtext is far less innocent.

Obama served with Weather Underground terrorist and neighbor Bill Ayers on the Chicago Annenberg Challenge education initiative. Downplaying academic achievement in favor of left-wing radical activism in the public schools is rooted in Ayers’ pedagogical philosophy. Obama served as the program’s first chairman of the board, while Ayers steered its curricular policy. The two oversaw grants to welfare-rights enterprise ACORN and to avowed communist Michael Klonsky — a close pal of Ayers and member of the militant Students for a Democratic Society. SDS served as a precursor to the violent Weather Underground organization.

As investigative journalist Stanley Kurtz reported, Klonsky and Ayers teamed up on the so-called “small schools movement” to steer schoolchildren away from core academics to left-wing politicking on issues of “inequity, war and violence.”

A cadre of like-minded educators and national service administrators across the country share the same core commitment to transforming themselves from imparters of knowledge to transformers of society. The “change” agenda trains students to think only about what they should do for Obama — and rarely to contemplate how his powers and ambitions should be limited and restrained.

Ayers preached his education-as-“social justice” agenda to his “comrades” at the World Education Forum in Caracas, Venezuela, three years ago:

“This is my fourth visit to Venezuela, each time at the invitation of my comrade and friend Luis Bonilla, a brilliant educator and inspiring fighter for justice. Luis has taught me a great deal about the Bolivarian Revolution and about the profound educational reforms under way here in Venezuela under the leadership of President (Hugo) Chavez. We share the belief that education is the motor-force of revolution, and I’ve come to appreciate Luis as a major asset in both the Venezuelan and the international struggle — I look forward to seeing how he and all of you continue to overcome the failings of capitalist education as you seek to create something truly new and deeply humane.”

Ayers continued:

“I walked out of jail and into my first teaching position — and from that day until this I’ve thought of myself as a teacher, but I’ve also understood teaching as a project intimately connected with social justice. After all, the fundamental message of the teacher is this: You can change your life — whoever you are, wherever you’ve been, whatever you’ve done, another world is possible. As students and teachers begin to see themselves as linked to one another, as tied to history and capable of collective action, the fundamental message of teaching shifts slightly, and becomes broader, more generous: We must change ourselves as we come together to change the world. Teaching invites transformations, it urges revolutions small and large. La educacion es revolucion!”

This is why informed parents do not trust the educator-in-chief and his “comrades.” You can take Obama from the radicals in Chicago. But you can’t take the Chicago radicalism out of Obama.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 90809; agenda; bho44; bhoeducation; billayers; communists; education; malkin; obama; obamaschooladdress; socialism; trust
My son won't be in school that day, I assure you!
1 posted on 09/07/2009 1:28:48 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Michelle Malkin is a national treasure. She’s a great warrior in the culture wars. I glad she on the right side.


2 posted on 09/07/2009 1:51:57 AM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

bttt


3 posted on 09/07/2009 1:57:11 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: truthguy

Yes, she is! And she is not afraid of any of these people.
She has the truth on her side and she is not afraid to use it.


4 posted on 09/07/2009 1:58:16 AM PDT by kcvl
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
First they show the kids this:

I Pledge

Then they have the kids do this:

More Obama Indoctrination going on in schools

And then there's the books they might read...

Sept 8th: Here are two of the books on Obama your kids are expected to read [get your children OUT!]

Obama Son of Promise

No, no cult of personality, no agenda there at all. /s

5 posted on 09/07/2009 2:03:28 AM PDT by TigersEye (0bama: "I can see Mecca from the WH portico." --- Google - Cloward-Piven Strategy)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That’s one reason I home-schooled my kid.


6 posted on 09/07/2009 2:05:16 AM PDT by Phantom4
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Bruce was right... demi is a leftist commie.

LLS


7 posted on 09/07/2009 2:13:33 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (hussama will never be my president... NEVER!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Nobody should trust a proven sneak.


8 posted on 09/07/2009 2:15:13 AM PDT by Bird Jenkins
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Obama served with Weather Underground terrorist and neighbor Bill Ayers on the Chicago Annenberg Challenge education initiative.

A man is known by the company he keeps....

9 posted on 09/07/2009 2:45:21 AM PDT by x_plus_one (In Chicago, the dead vote twice, in St. Louis they get elected. Require A Picture ID for voting)
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To: x_plus_one
Kids are pretty savvy today and given an opportunity will use such excuses as:

President Obama never read the Health Care Bill why should I have to read all my homework?

President Obama smoked dope so it's OK!

President Obama was a rebel and had radical friends and ideas why can't I?

I do not need an education to be a community organizer.

I am running away to Chicago where people will understand me.

AFTER ALL YOU DID SAY ANYONE COULD BE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IN THIS WONDERFUL COUNTRY!

10 posted on 09/07/2009 3:08:48 AM PDT by not2worry (WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND)
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To: truthguy
rules are rules ..
11 posted on 09/07/2009 3:50:31 AM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: Neidermeyer

I would like to point out to parents the mindset of some of the liberal teachers...so be vigilant. I am sure the speech will be very very innocent at this point...they couldnt release the speech last week because they have had to rewrite it.....but watch out for those that are planning to do the lesson plan anyway.

From the daily kos

“though we’ve been “warned” by our principal that we should honor parental wishes from those parents that request their children do not view the President’s speech next week. I’m showing it to anyone the principal herself has not visited my room to escort elsewhere, because its not my job to entertain the wishes of insane people, that’s what she took on. I’m showing it on my movie screen and I’m bring popcorn. Not only that, I’m doing a huge bulletin board with the Presidential seal and the letters my students will write will be to President Obama, as originally planned. I’m ignoring the motherF888888. (Sorry for the language, but this teacher has had enough as well.)”

Another:

“He’s the President of the United States

and this is part of my required lesson plans on respect, as proscribed by the building principal. If we cannot teach our students to respect the office of the President how do we support the other lessons in our curriculum that encourage respect for our government and rule of law.

That’s my defense.

I think they’re all going to feel like complete idiots after the speech is over. Most of the students are excited about it. “


12 posted on 09/07/2009 5:36:34 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Anyone in Southwest MI who needs to go to work, but doesn’t want to send their kids to school, can PM me.

I will be having a Movie Day and will take in any FReeper’s kids, free of charge.


13 posted on 09/07/2009 5:46:43 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Did not read the article, but just want to add: The parents’ lack of trust extends to the social studies teachers, the teachers’s union, etc.


14 posted on 09/07/2009 6:49:20 AM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: TigersEye

I wonder what Van Jones thinks about this avowed “Crack Head”?


15 posted on 09/07/2009 7:36:13 AM PDT by Young Werther ("Quae Cum Ita Sunt - Julius Caesar "Since these things are so!">)
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To: RummyChick

>> self described teacher: “I’m ignoring the motherF888888. (Sorry for the language, but this teacher has had enough as well.)”

Had enough of what?

The problem is too many teachers are not afraid to violate parental concerns.


16 posted on 09/07/2009 8:02:02 AM PDT by Gene Eric
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To: not2worry

President Clinton’s forays are why there is an epidemic of oral sex amongst kids today. It’s not really sex, you see.


17 posted on 09/07/2009 8:50:17 AM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“After all, the fundamental message of the teacher is this: You can change your life — whoever you are, wherever you’ve been, whatever you’ve done, another world is possible. As students and teachers begin to see themselves as linked to one another, as tied to history and capable of collective action, the fundamental message of teaching shifts slightly, and becomes broader, more generous: We must change ourselves as we come together to change the world. Teaching invites transformations, it urges revolutions small and large. La educacion.”
__________________________________________________________

Excellent article from Michelle...

We must be vigilant regarding our children especially.

18 posted on 09/07/2009 9:10:30 AM PDT by geologist (The only answer to the troubles of this life is Jesus. A decision we all must make.)
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To: RummyChick
“He’s the President of the United States and this is part of my required lesson plans on respect, as proscribed by the building principal. If we cannot teach our students to respect the office of the President how do we support the other lessons in our curriculum that encourage respect for our government and rule of law. That’s my defense."

Oh, yeah, I'm sure she did that when George Bush was President too. And I'm twenty feet tall and eat plutonium for breakfast. /s ;^)

19 posted on 09/07/2009 1:11:29 PM PDT by TigersEye (0bama: "I can see Mecca from the WH portico." --- Google - Cloward-Piven Strategy)
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To: RummyChick

Can you provide a link to the Daily KOS comment? I want to use that. :)

Thanks.


20 posted on 09/07/2009 2:30:59 PM PDT by Politicalmom (Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government. -- James Madison)
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To: Politicalmom

Sorry, long gone. it was a comment to one of the stories..likely the one on the speech.


21 posted on 09/07/2009 3:19:25 PM PDT by RummyChick
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To: RummyChick

Oh, well. I’m sure there will be others.

*sigh*


22 posted on 09/07/2009 3:25:03 PM PDT by Politicalmom (Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government. -- James Madison)
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