Skip to comments.Indoctrination Fridays: Teacher's Lesson Compares Scott Walker to White Segregationist
Posted on 07/01/2011 8:02:26 AM PDT by Kaslin
A paper published by several college professors, entitled Organizing the Curriculum for Labor Consciousness, calls for more weaving of Big Labor history and tactics into every day curriculum.
Take the case of Kate Lyman, a teacher in the Madison, Wisconsin school district.
According to an article she penned for the leftist Rethinking Schools magazine, she was swept into the protests by her daughter and Facebook, because thats how they did it in Egypt.
When teacher staged a sick out, Lyman described it as four exhilarating days, four confusing days, four stressful and exhausting days.
For the record, shes speaking of the self-serving school employees. Shes not talking about the working parents that had to scramble to find child care because their children were not in school.
At first, the teacher, who already apparently has a warning in her personnel file for violating the schools controversial issues policy, claimed to just invite the students observations about what took place.
Consider what these students said: of immigrants, one said Walker would send them back to Mexico. Lyman apparently didnt correct this idiotic notion. Another said, does he want to be rich? Yeah, he wants to be rich! Hes selfish. Hes crazy. Hes guilty. Hes greedy. He should go to jail, even though hes governor.
Lyman made up math problems with the attendance numbers from the protests.
Lymans student teacher created a PowerPoint presentation, with side-by-side pictures of the Madison protests and images from the civil rights fights in the south. Then, she went lower than I thought was possible even for union activists. Quoting Lyman:
I hesitated to ask this last question as the students were examining a photo of white segregations (We want a white school!) juxtaposed to a Walker supporter (WisSCOTTsin). But we talked extensively about rights, in the context of both the Civil Rights Movement and the Capitol protests.
I bet you cant guess how old these kids were. Surely if they were tuned into the news, they must be high schoolers. No, Lyman is warping the brains of 2nd- and 3rd-graders.
This is a perfect example of what the professors paper was calling for.
Embedded in the history of labors struggle is an alternative system of values that we sorely need in this era of socially destructive greed and consolidated corporate power, the professors wrote.
The values of the labor movement, embodied in collective action for social justice, can counter the gross mal-distribution of wealth and power that has dangerously undermined our economy and politics. A restoration of organized labors power can promote prosperity by securing a living wage for working people, and reinvigorate democracy by building a politically progressive electorate that bridges the traditional fault lines of different that have been used to confuse working people and divide them against each other and from their own deepest interests. (emphasis added)
It seems that if the truth is on your side, nothing would have to be built. The masses, once informed, would come flocking to your side.
But the reasoning for the union activists push for more labor history in curriculum seems to be becoming more clear. The professors cite leftist American historian Howard Zinn, when he wrote:
If teacher unions want to be strong and well-supported, its essential that they not only be teacher-unionists but teachers of unionism. We need to create a generation of students who support teachers and the movement of teachers for their rights. (emphasis added)
Movement of teachers for their rights, is, of course, code for teachers unions. So the teachers need to get them when theyre young, fill their heads with propaganda equating collective bargaining privileges and lawsuits over coverage of Viagra as somehow equal to the work of Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis.
Is this becoming more clear now?
This is a battle that is being waged for what our youngest students are taught.
In education the neoliberal emphasis on accountability and individual efforts militate against the labor movements call for solidarity and collective action to address common economic problems. This (mis)education does not serve the needs of the vast majority of students, who need more than anything else to develop the capacity for collective action in their own real interests.
Moreover, the traditional curriculum does not require discussion of the alternatives to corporate capitalism promoted by historic American social and political movements, such as the International Workers of the World, and the American Socialist Party, beyond a nominal mention and subsequent dismissal, and despite the end of the Cold War, Marxist economics is not seriously studied and communism is not considered as an alternative economic system but simply dismissed as the flawed ideology of a deservedly defeated empire.
This is the overarching principle of organizing the curriculum: to change America away from a free market economy and towards socialism, all the while exalting the virtues of Big Labor.
PART 2 of her story should be about how Rahm Emmanuel is doing the EXACT SAME THING in Chicago and no one is saying a word about breaking the unions in Chicago!!
double standard, Rahm can do it and it’s OK!!
When the second an third graders find out they are pAying for burned out liberals until they are all dead things will change, they are saddleing the unborn with debt so they can retire early. Good luck with that scheem
“Whaddaya mean youse don’t support da union?”
I have received the below message from Mark Mix of the National Right to Work Committee, which I am posting for your information. I signed the letter, and I hope you will too.
“We will hunt you down . . . slit your throats . . . drink your blood. I will have your decapitated head on a pike in the Madison town square.”
Those are the words of a union militant aimed directly at a Wisconsin state legislator for daring to vote to restrict Big Labor’s forced dues control over Wisconsin state workers.
There were literally dozens of similar recorded death threats along with acts of vandalism leveled against Wisconsin state legislators and Governor Scott Walker for not towing the union boss line.
Even more ominous, the Wisconsin State Journal reported police found “dozens of rounds of live ammunition outside the Capitol” during the height of the Wisconsin protests.
Thankfully union militants did not use that ammunition to make good on their threats . . . at least not yet.
Unfortunately, just last month the New York Daily News reported that a small group of union whistle blowers and members of the Communications Workers of America were not so lucky.
After reporting a timesheet-padding scheme by their local union bosses, one of the whistle blowers was beaten so severely by a union thug he suffered two herniated discs and had to undergo knee surgery.
Another whistle blower found a dead rat in his locker along with a note he would be “taken care of.” And another stated he was told: “If I continue to complain about their finances, they would have me killed.”
The fact is nearly every day ordinary working men and women face death threats, harassment, vandalism and bodily harm if they dare defy the dictates of union officials.
Union bosses consider themselves above the law because — they are — thanks to the notorious Supreme Court Enmons decision.
Today you and I have an opportunity to put an end to all this.
That’s why it’s vital you sign the petition urging your Congressman and Senators to cosponsor and vote for the Freedom From Union Violence Act IMMEDIATELY.
The fact is, for decades union bosses and their underlings have committed thousands of reported incidents of violence, extortion, vandalism and even murder.
And in most of these cases these vicious acts of violence and intimidation have not even been investigated, much less prosecuted and punished.
Ever since the Supreme Court’s infamous 1973 Enmons decision, union bosses have been granted immunity from prosecution for acts of violence and vandalism they orchestrate in the so-called “pursuit of legitimate union objectives.”
This outrageous loophole in federal law has effectively tied the hands of federal law enforcement officers and has permitted union bosses and their handpicked “enforcers” to achieve their union goals by any means necessary.
And, it’s no secret union bosses are all too happy to use violence and terror to achieve their number one goal: force more and more working men and women into paying union dues.
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This teacher(used loosely) will most likely never be punished for this. It is for this reason and many others that we home school our children.
The only way I see to fix the public schools is to withdraw enough of the students out and give them a real education some where else. These kids will show how flawed the public schools really are.
Those “White segregationists” were Southern Democrats.
I had a series of email exchanges with him, pointing out some of the fallacies in his book, starting with my grandfather and what happened to him. My grandfather was the top tool and die maker at RCA. He was what they called the model maker, the guy who made the prototypes. He loved his job, working directly with the top design engineers on all the newest and most important advances in radio and tv, as well as government contract work for the war effort.
My grandfather was the VP of the radio and tv workers, when in 1949, he was elected to be the first president of the Electrical workers and Machinists at RCA. The CIO had gotten without a strike and the men elected my grandfather, but the CIO bosses were not happy and requested that RCA move my grandfather into management so that he could not serve. My grandfather turned down the offer. Money wasn't a big deal to him. He loved his job and he loved politics. He had some differences with the CIO bosses, though. My grandfather wasn't a racist.
A few months later, before he could even take office, he and my grandmother were run down by a hit and run driver as they stood on the curb in front of their home.
RCA responded by closing the plant in Camden, NJ, and moving out of the area, before my grandfather had even fully recovered.
The people of Camden County responded by electing my grandfather as the new Camden County State Assemblyman.
The CIO responded by reporting my grandfather as a communist to the HUAC. There evidence was that someone had once seen him perusing the headlines on a Communist newspaper at the news stand by his bus stop.
“Ever since the Supreme Courts infamous 1973 Enmons decision, union bosses have been granted immunity from prosecution for acts of violence and vandalism they orchestrate in the so-called pursuit of legitimate union objectives.
Incredible reading about this. It’s infuriating. The decision is like giving the KKK an okay to murder opponents if the murder advances the goals of the KKK. I’m slowly coming to the belief that only an armed revolution, that kills millions of liberals and unionists, can stop the corruption, the violence and the march toward communism.
Thanks for the reference to Enmons. I never knew about that completely boneheaded and illegal decision by our court of communist clowns. Their bones should be dug up and hanged from lampposts.
We will hunt you down . . . slit your throats . . . drink your blood. I will have your decapitated head on a pike in the Madison town square.
And not a peep from the obammy mwedia whores. Imagine if this showed up in one of Sarah Palin’s emails.
The National Right To Work people do good work. Sign one of their petitions and get regular updates on what they are doing.
Thanks for sharing that.
Here’s a public school indroctination thread...
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