Skip to comments.Michelle Malkin: Why Parents Donít Trust the Educator-in-Chief
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 were crazy. They are the sneering defenders of President Barack Obama who cant fathom the backlash against his nationwide speech to schoolchildren Tuesday. We are parents with eyes wide open to the potential for politicized abuse in Americas 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: Whats your pledge?
This same Do Something ethos infected the Education Department teachers guides accompanying the announcement of Obamas 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.
Os bureaucrats can whitewash offending language from Tuesdays speech-related documents, but they cant 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 programs 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 Ive 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.
I walked out of jail and into my first teaching position and from that day until this Ive thought of myself as a teacher, but Ive 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 youve been, whatever youve 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 cant take the Chicago radicalism out of Obama.
Michelle Malkin is a national treasure. She’s a great warrior in the culture wars. I glad she on the right side.
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.
Then they have the kids do this:
And then there's the books they might read...
No, no cult of personality, no agenda there at all. /s
That’s one reason I home-schooled my kid.
Bruce was right... demi is a leftist commie.
Nobody should trust a proven sneak.
A man is known by the company he keeps....
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!
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.)”
“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. “
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.
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.
I wonder what Van Jones thinks about this avowed “Crack Head”?
>> 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.
President Clinton’s forays are why there is an epidemic of oral sex amongst kids today. It’s not really sex, you see.
Excellent article from Michelle...
We must be vigilant regarding our children especially.
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 ;^)
Can you provide a link to the Daily KOS comment? I want to use that. :)
Sorry, long gone. it was a comment to one of the stories..likely the one on the speech.
Oh, well. I’m sure there will be others.