October 3, 2013
School officials in Virginia Beach, VA, recently suspended a 12-year-old boy for playing with a plastic toy gun… at home. They’re even thinking of expelling him for the whole year—for playing with a toy gun, at home. If he’d been playing with a little girl’s undies, they would have given him an “A.” Especially if the girl was still wearing them.
When I reported this story on my blog, “Your Public Schools at Work…Again,” Sept. 24), readers contacted me to ask, “Who do these ‘educators’ think they are?”
You can find out exactly who they think they are.
They think they are “change agents.” You know—puffed-up fat-heads who want to change the world, never mind that no one asked them to. Just search that simple phrase on your computer, and you’ll be amazed by what you find. Go ahead—try it today.
By way of one example, you’ll find a blog actually named “Teachers as Change Agents.” It belongs to the New York Collective of Radical Teachers. Does that name set off any little warning bells?
The blog has links to all sorts of crazy teacher blogs, including one by domestic terrorist Bell Ayres, now an honored “educator,” and friend and mentor to the big change agent in the White House.
What do they want so much to change? It ain’t their sheets and pillowcases. They want to change America. The most effective way to do it, they believe, is by befouling children’s minds.
The Collective makes available to classroom teachers a little item entitled, “2013-14: Planning to Change the World: A Plan Book for Social Justice Teachers.” The cover tells us all we need to know: a picture of angry people rioting, with not a single Caucasian face among them. Apparently “social justice” is not for white people.
I trust we all know that “social justice” is Left-speak for socialism, redistribution of wealth by an all-powerful government, war on Christianity, cultural chaos, and non-stop race-baiting.
The blurb says this is “a plan book for educators who believe their students can and will change the world. It is designed to help teachers translate their vision of a just education [emphasis added] into concrete classroom activities.
This is not education. The word “education” comes from the Latin, ex duco, meaning “to lead out.” This is not leading out, but ramming in. It is indoctrination, pure and simple.
“We are educators,” declares the Collective, “who believe that education is an integral part of social change and that we must work both inside and outside the classroom because the struggle for justice does not end when the school bell rings.”
Who would have ever thought it was possible to give “justice” a bad name?
This is not new. Public education has always been about creating a non-Christian, socialist utopia featuring a docile, ignorant public being micro-managed by self-anointed experts. So of course they can suspend a kid for playing with a toy gun at home! For a long time this vision of public education, indoctrination, was hampered by the predominance of sane, normal, decent people in the teaching profession. These are now an impotent minority, and the teachers’ unions are going full-throttle for “social change.” And they are getting it, big-time.
Theologian R.J. Rushdoony wrote a history of public education, The Messianic Character of American Education, which every parent with children in the public schools ought to read. Going back to the very beginning of public education, Rushdoony lets the creators of public schooling speak for themselves. Believe me, they have never been bashful about what they’re trying to do! It has always been a collective of radical teachers, at least at the top. It’s only nowadays that the union membership has caught up to its leaders, ideologically. Rushdoony’s book is available through The Chalcedon Foundation.
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So, parents—are you cool with your children being “educated” by a mob of atheistic, heavy-handed, gender-bending Marxists? Or is it only because public education is “free”—the cost sucked out of your taxes before you even see your paycheck? Would you send them to a Muslim madrassa if it were the only “free” school in your neighborhood? Would you send them to school in a burning building, if that were “free”?
Meanwhile, don’t be surprised if they suspend your child for playing with a toy gun in his own front yard—or for saying he believes the Bible’s teaching that homosexual behavior is a sin.
That is who they are, and that is what they do.
And they think it’s right for them to do it.
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Lee Duigon, a contributing editor with the Chalcedon Foundation, is a former newspaper reporter and editor, small businessman, teacher, and horror novelist. He has been married to his wife, Patricia, for 34 years. See his new fantasy/adventure novels, Bell Mountain and The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, available on www.amazon.com