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Soviet Satellite School Brainwashes Teens (The note that floored a jaded political combatant)WOW
Cornell Review ^ | 2/18/2003 | Joseph J. Sabia

Posted on 02/18/2003 5:08:43 PM PST by TLBSHOW

Soviet Satellite School Brainwashes Teens

Every once in awhile, even the most jaded political combatant will have a moment that stops him in his tracks, a moment that makes him say “wow.” These moments are rare. Political animals make a life out of delivering the same arguments over and over again. The monotony is usually only broken by (i) the different contexts in which these arguments can be made or (ii) original, pointed humor. It takes something special to break through the usual political noise. For me, that something special was a shy teenage girl’s note. My “wow” moment came after my recent participation in a debate on the War in Iraq at Ithaca’s Alternative Community School (ACS). There were over 100 students attending the debate, ranging in age from 13-17. 99% of the students were opposed to military action in Iraq, likely due to indoctrination from anti-American teachers and parents. Certainly this was no surprise. (Many have argued that Ithaca is the safest location in the United States—anti-American terrorists would never bomb their allies.)

Following the debate, nearly 25 students crowded around me, just thirsting for knowledge. Among the most common comments made to me were, “You are so brave to have come down here to support the war,” and “I disagree with everything you said, but thanks for being here,” and “We never hear anything like that!”

In the midst of the handshaking and discussions, a shy-looking teenage girl approached me and handed me a white piece of paper, folded in fourths.

“It’s a note,” she said, “you can read it later.”

And with that, she walked away, disappearing into a crowd of students. I didn’t even have a chance to say thanks before another student started asking me about France. So I placed the folded paper in the inside right pocket of my blazer, forgot about it, and went on with my discussion with the crowd of students.

Later that afternoon, I returned home, took off my coat, and sat down to watch Fox News’s coverage of the latest Osama bin Laden tape. Part way through the program, one of the news anchors was scribbling something on a pad and it hit me—the note! I had forgotten. I sprang to my feet and walked over to the doorknob upon which my blazer was hanging. I reached into the pocket and pulled out the note.

As I unfolded it, I remember thinking that the note would probably be very hostile. I specifically remember hoping that the author would, at least, refrain from making fun of my hair (that’s so passe at this point).

And then I saw the first seven words: “It makes me sick how closed minded...” and I thought, well here we go again.

But as I read, a feeling of awe came over me. Here’s the note:

The simple note floored me. My first reaction was helplessness. Why didn’t she sign the note or leave an email address? I wanted to write her, to tell her that she’s not alone, that she should keep up the fight and be proud of her views.

And then it hit me. She was obviously scared to death. She was scared to tell me her views face-to-face because students and teachers were standing around when she approached me. That’s why she came up to me out of the blue and disappeared into a crowd before I could say a word. She didn’t sign the note because she feared that she would be connected to pro-American views and be punished by her school.

Is the Alternative Community School like an old Soviet satellite country, where folks holding pro-American views are punished? Was this girl a scared freedom fighter, having tasted a bit of the truth? My entire appearance at the school now took on new meaning for me.

Why don’t these teenagers hear points of view like mine in their classrooms? Why are these students being denied a full education? Why aren’t they learning about the doctrines of détente, containment, appeasement, mutually assured destruction, and peace through strength? Why aren’t they given full information by their teachers, taught critical thinking skills, and permitted to come to their own conclusions?

These liberal totalitarian thugs running the classrooms are more interested in brainwashing teenagers and creating disciples than teaching them how to think. I looked into the eyes of an adorable 13-year-old boy and watched him tell me that America brought 9/11 on herself. Tell me -- where does he get that garbage? It was a truly horrific sight.

The anonymous note has had two profound impacts on me. First, it has heightened my deep anger at liberals for exploiting and brainwashing America’s youth. Second, it has heightened my deep anger at conservatives for allowing liberals to exploit and brainwash America’s youth. Liberals have targeted America’s children, espousing the evil philosophy of moral relativism and—for the most part—conservatives are content to sit back and hope that the kids will “grow out of it.”

It’s time for conservatives to get back in the education game. We need to take back our turf classroom by classroom, student by student. And we need to do it for all of the young girls out there who are too scared to speak their minds or sign their notes.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Front Page News; Government; US: New York
KEYWORDS: academialist; antiamerican; antiamericanwar; antibush; antiwar; brainwash; brainwashing; culturewar; denialofthought; freedomofthought; freespeech; indoctrination; ithaca; liberals; liberalthugs; liberaltotalitarian; notapeacemovement; partyline; pc; politicallycorrect; schools; soviet; thecityofevil; totalitarianthugs
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1 posted on 02/18/2003 5:08:43 PM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: TLBSHOW
No surprise here. The brainwashing is nationwide and has been going on for probably 80 years.
2 posted on 02/18/2003 5:12:39 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~All our ZOT are belong to us~)
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To: TLBSHOW
ping
3 posted on 02/18/2003 5:14:31 PM PST by genefromjersey
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To: TLBSHOW
"It’s time for conservatives to get back in the education game."

We are back...in our homeschools.

Until the NEA is defanged and public education is privatized this problem will continue.
4 posted on 02/18/2003 5:19:58 PM PST by Domestic Church (AMDG)
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To: TLBSHOW
She didn’t sign the note because she feared that she would be connected to pro-American views and be punished by her school.

Very likely, though she may have also been embarrassed by her penmanship and grammar.

5 posted on 02/18/2003 5:20:31 PM PST by dead
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To: TLBSHOW
So was anyone else reminded of Julia passing her note to Winston in 1984?
6 posted on 02/18/2003 5:21:59 PM PST by Redcloak (Jn th lton t Prvnt the bs of nnssrl Lngth, Vrbs nd Nnsnsl Tg Lns)
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To: TLBSHOW
I've been ranting here for years: the Culture War is real, we're WAY behind and the stakes are high. Assuming these kids will grow out of it in time to save America is wishful thinking. I'm a cultural warrior, it gets me in hot water, but it is better than waiting for lock-step liberal teachers and professors to change their tactics. All Freepers are freedom ambassadors waiting to be activated.

Go.

7 posted on 02/18/2003 5:22:20 PM PST by moodyskeptic
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To: Redcloak
You nailed it! Creepy...JFK
8 posted on 02/18/2003 5:24:46 PM PST by BADROTOFINGER
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To: TLBSHOW
liberal totalitarian thugs

Triple redundancy alert!

9 posted on 02/18/2003 5:25:47 PM PST by Sloth (I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!)
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To: dead
Very likely, though she may have also been embarrassed by her penmanship and grammar.

Both of which are exemplary by the standards of the average denizen of today's public schools.

Don't get me wrong... there's room for improvement... but she was able at least to mach subject and verb, a skill that eluded many of my collegiate peers.

10 posted on 02/18/2003 5:27:29 PM PST by Oberon (I think I need a nap.)
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To: dead
Typo alert! "...but she was able at least to match subject and verb."

Perhaps these fellows really were my peers. Funny, I don't remember going to Appalachian State...

11 posted on 02/18/2003 5:29:35 PM PST by Oberon (I think I need a nap.)
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To: moodyskeptic
The culture war is big but there are hearts waiting to be turned. What we have now is not working and eveyone know it. The future is in our hands.
12 posted on 02/18/2003 5:34:59 PM PST by mlmr
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To: dead
Very likely, though she may have also been embarrassed by her penmanship and grammar.

Aside from one spelling error ("speach"), the grammar and usage looks okay to me at a glance. And her handwriting is better than my doctor's ;)

13 posted on 02/18/2003 5:36:04 PM PST by general_re (Three Step Plan: 1. Take over the world. 2. Get a lot of cookies. 3. Eat the cookies.)
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To: TLBSHOW; Behind Liberal Lines
City of Evil alert...
14 posted on 02/18/2003 5:38:55 PM PST by general_re (Three Step Plan: 1. Take over the world. 2. Get a lot of cookies. 3. Eat the cookies.)
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BUMP to the VERY top of the LIST!!! Pass, bump, ping, send this along to everyone you know. This is what "ed-joo-kay-shun" has regressed to in Amerika.

Joseph Farah fans take heed: There will be NO "Taking Amerika Back" if we do not takeour children back from state sponsored indoctrination.

15 posted on 02/18/2003 5:42:58 PM PST by Captainpaintball (i wus publik skool edjookaded and i turnedout good)
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To: TLBSHOW
Unfortunately this article was printed months ago and I can't find it online anymore.

But in reference to taking back our schools one classroom at a time...A Berkeley, CA preschool, well the teachers/adults that run it, had the PRESCHOOL children protesting. Made disgusting/derrogatory signs against our President and saying 'give peace a chance.'

I sat here staring at the web article. These are toddlers with their pictures in the press for the world to see. They are being taught, praised and rewarded to disrespect the President and call him names for a side show agenda for the 'teachers/adults'. No one is outraged about this?

I saw that as no worse then the Pals teaching the six year olds to handle guns.

The web discription still comes up for this article; but the CA Patriot doesn't have the archives up and running yet.

Preschoolers protest: Kids urge
city leaders to end war; City leaders heed their call ::GO By Steve Sexton. ...
Description: An independent monthly of news and conservative opinion at the University of California, Berkeley;...
Category: Society > Politics > ... > Youth and Student > Publications
www.calpatriot.org
16 posted on 02/18/2003 5:42:59 PM PST by Calpernia
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To: dead
THINK a little bit. She obviously was writing this letter on the spur of the moment and was probably trying to hide that she was even writing it. He has it right, this girl was afraid of being found out by the Stalinists who run that sad school.

Forget penmanship, her hands were probably shaking as she wrote it. This girl was brave to even do this.

17 posted on 02/18/2003 5:43:50 PM PST by keithtoo
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To: TLBSHOW
And then it hit me. She was obviously scared to death. She was scared to tell me her views face-to-face because students and teachers were standing around when she approached me.

They are scared, very scared. During the election my daughter who attends college asked me for a Bush Button, but told me she would have to hide it.

She voted for Bush but had to tell her college "friends" that she voted for Gore. I cannot stress enough how out spoken she is. At home she has never been afraid to go against the "popular opinion" even among her peers. It made me feel mad as well as sad that she would feel that much pressure to have to lie about who she voted for. She told me that if she told the truth they would never leave her alone.

18 posted on 02/18/2003 5:50:18 PM PST by Vicki (Truth and Reality)
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To: Vicki
I call that the crab theory.

Picture a bucket of crabs. They will RIP your arms and claws off while crawling over you to get out of the bucket. They keep each other from getting out. That is no different then the unsuccessful, uneducated, closed minded.

They can't do for themselves, so they don't want anyone else to do either.
19 posted on 02/18/2003 5:53:41 PM PST by Calpernia
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To: TLBSHOW
My husband is currently running the school-of-education gauntlet here in Oklahoma. He spent 24 years in the military, much of it training 18 year olds not to break high-tech stuff worth millions of dollars, then to actually fix and use that high-tech stuff. He has a mind like a steel trap and knows more history than many of his professors of history know. But he has to keep jumping through hoops to prove he's fit to teach. He may get his teaching certificate before he's 50...he retired at 44 and started back in college the next year. He has more than 160 credit hours of college credit. He is TIRED of working two jobs and going to school, but he BELIEVES that the high schools need more conservative teachers. He believes that what he has to teach is important. IF they let him teach an alternative to the union line I'll be surprised. He's great with teenagers and can keep them in line and paying attention better than I ever believed...but will they let him TEACH? When???
20 posted on 02/18/2003 5:59:12 PM PST by ChemistCat (We should have had newer, safer, better, more efficient ships by now, damn it.)
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