Wednesday, October 08, 2008

What Does Obama Mean By Education?

Obama wants to get the federal government deeply involved in education. Actually, he wants the federal government involved in pretty much every aspect of our lives, but he's singled out education as a top priority.

Now, Obama doesn't have much of a record, but one of the few things that he's actually accomplished is work on "educational reform" in Chicago. He was board chairman for the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, where he distributed grants to schools and raised matching funds. Obama gave a lot of this money to the projects of one William Ayers, who Obama initially described as "a guy who lives in my neighborhood".

Don't worry. I'm not going to talk about Ayers being an unrepentant terrorist (which he is), or try to smear Obama with "guilt by association". I don't care if these two were casual acquaintances or Best Friends Forever. What I do care about is what Obama chose to fund - the  use of schools to indoctrinate children in socialist ideology.

I'm not making this up. Ayers himself makes no secret of it, as an
editorial at Investor's Business Daily makes clear: 

An idea of what Ayers has in mind for America's schools was provided in his own words not 40 years ago when Obama was eight years old, but less than two years ago in November 2006 at the World Education Forum in Caracas hosted by dictator Hugo Chavez.

With Chavez at his side, Ayers voiced his support for "the political educational reforms under way here in Venezuela under the leadership of President Chavez. We share the belief that education is the motor-force of revolution. . . . I look forward to seeing how . 

. . all of you continue to overcome the failures of capitalist education as you seek to create something truly new and deeply humane."Ayers told the great humanitarian Chavez: "Teaching invites transformations, it urges revolutions large and small. La educacion es revolucion." It is that form of socialist revolution that Ayers, and Obama, have worked to bring to America.

Ayers, now a tenured Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Illinois, Chicago, works to educate teachers in socialist revolutionary ideology, urging that it be passed on to impressionable students.

As Stern points out, "Ayers and his education school comrades are explicit about the need to indoctrinate public school children in the belief that America is a racist, militarist country and that the capitalist system is inherently unfair and oppressive."

...During Obama's tenure as Annenberg board chairman, Ayers' own education projects received substantial funding.

One of Ayers' descriptions for a course called "Improving Learning Environments" says a prospective K-12 teacher needs to "be aware of the social and moral universe we inhabit and . . . be a teacher capable of hope and struggle, outrage and action, teaching for social justice and liberation."

That is the "reform" that Obama has supported. Again, I am not discussing Obama's choice of acquaintances or mentors. I am discussing what he has chosen to support. I believe this is what he seeks to bring to all America. Certainly, the billions he plans to distribute will come with strings attached. Who'd like to bet that "social justice and liberation" will not become mandatory in every curriculum?

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