February 20, 2013
Education: Rotting the Country from the Inside
The day after Barack Obama’s re-election, unrepentant
terrorist-turned-”education reformer” Bill Ayers posted an open letter to the
president on his blog, focused on educational matters. Specifically, it was a
straw man-filled plea to resist private influences in public education, in
the names (naturally) of “freedom” and “democracy.”
echoing his intellectual forbear, John Dewey, Ayers tells Obama that
“[w]hen the aim of education and the sole measure of success is
competitive, learning becomes exclusively selfish, and there is no obvious
social motive to pursue it.” (See my discussion of Dewey’s
near-identical remarks, and their meaning, here.)
even concludes his post by citing his hero by name. Reminding Obama of the progressive University of Chicago
Laboratory Schools, where Ayers, Obama, and “your friend Rahm
Emanuel” all sent their own children, he urges Obama to universalize
this schooling through the public system, and concludes:
Good enough for you, good enough for the privileged, then
it must be good enough for the kids in public schools everywhere — a
standard to be aspired to and worked toward. Any other ideal for our schools,
in the words of John Dewey who founded the school you chose for your daughters,
“is narrow and unlovely; acted upon it destroys our democracy.”
In a typical leftist projection, Ayers, one of America’s
foremost living experts on the methods of destroying a democracy, argues that
only by following his prescription may democracy be saved. And, in a perfect
parallel of the modern progressive ratchet, in which government causes a
problem through regulation and then advocates more regulation as the solution
to the problem, Ayers responds to the death of education under the hundred-year
influence of Dewey (“the father of modern education”) by proposing
to salvage the public schools by infesting them with even more Deweyism. And
make no mistake about one point: Ayers is invoking Dewey not merely as a
respectable cover for his subversive agenda. Deweyism is his subversive
agenda. Ayers and his fellow “reformers” are to Dewey what
Lenin was to Marx. Marx was an intellectual who wished to undermine Western
civilization. Lenin was a thug who sought to bring Marxist principles into
full practice through propaganda, armed revolution, and sophisticated lies.
Likewise, Dewey hated American liberty and individualism and wished to undermine
them through socialist education. Ayers is Dewey’s less civilized, more
“practically minded” disciple.
laid the groundwork regarding the methods and goals of Ayers and the Weather
Underground (WU) in Part 1 of this interview
with Larry Grathwohl, we turn now to the significance of this radicalism in
today’s terms, particularly with regard to modern education.
Several members of WU and SDS, most famously Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn,
but also Howard Machtinger and others, have become prominent childhood
education and “children’s rights” activists and theorists. What do
you make of this?
Having failed to accomplish their goal of destroying capitalism and U.S.
imperialism when they went underground and began their strategic sabotage, it
is my belief that they decided to accomplish this goal by infiltrating the
educational system and using it to their own [ends]. Reflecting on this, it
is obvious that Bill Ayers, as an example, has been a professor of education
and thus has been teaching our teachers for at least three or four
generations. As you pointed out in your article,
“Good News: You May Be Spared Execution,” the result of this has
been that many students and individuals have been educated to believe that
the United States is an evil empire and should be punished if not eliminated.
This means that many will simply give up and comply with whatever the future
may hold or impose upon them when people like Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn
are able to succeed in their ultimate goal of the destruction of the U.S.
it is my conclusion that what the WU failed to accomplish when they went
underground and began their strategic sabotage is now being accomplished
through the educational system and the political means that they have gained
by supporting such people as Barack Obama and his Chicago supporters. I tell
people today that we are losing our freedoms because of the attacks that
emerge from the left and are targeted on all of our basic societal
organizations. God is eliminated from the classroom; the history of our
country is no longer being taught, but rather a revised edition which depicts
our people and our nation as enemies of the world and of all that is good and
right. This includes church, religion, veterans, educational institutions,
and any organization that supports the greatness of our country and the
strength of its institutions.
our president tells us that there is no economic problem, that the national debt is not something to be
concerned about, and that the Constitution is outdated and needs to be
replaced or at least revised. And because of this educational problem, there
are people who no longer know what the Constitution is or the reasons for its
existence, so how can these people be expected to defend it? This has been
accomplished through control of the classrooms and through the constant
political babble that the left puts out and that people are simply unprepared
to defend [against].
What would you say to Democrats, Republicans, and academics who point to
Ayers’s years of “academic respectability” as an argument against
identifying him with the statements or actions of his radical days?
Bill Ayers has never apologized for or recanted on the goals of the WU from
the 1970s and ’80s. Furthermore, he has stated that his only regret was that
the WU didn’t do enough. There are pictures
of him leaving the courthouse when he was exonerated for his crimes while
part of the WU and he states, “[G]uilty as hell, free as a bird, isn’t
America wonderful?” Bill and Bernardine have continued their political
activities in regards to their support for the Occupy Wall Street movement,
in which Bill has led classes on how to disrupt and defy authority. Bill and
Bernardine have participated in the activities of Code Pink, which has been
involved in the Middle East and in creating the turmoil in that part of the
Ayers has not changed his ways, has not changed his goals or his objectives.
He is now traveling around the country, giving talks to people, telling them
that they are very close to changing this country and making it into what he
wants it to be and that they should not give up at this point. He also tells
them that they cannot completely depend upon Barack Obama to create this new
order and that they must not fail because they are so very close to
accomplishing their mission of changing America forever.
Would you willingly allow your own child to attend a school or school board
in which the teachers were trained, and the educational goals set, by Ayers,
Machtinger, or likeminded others? If not, why not?
My answer to this question is no. Absolutely not. I want my children and
grandchildren to be educated in a way that they have the ability to make up
their own minds about issues without having been indoctrinated into the Bill
Ayers way of thinking. It is my belief that teachers today are more
interested in teaching social resistance rather than reading, writing, and
arithmetic. The result is that we have a tremendous number of young people
who are unable to read or write, or add and subtract. They are, however, very
capable of protesting when they think that their individual rights have been
imposed upon [and] feel that they are being punished if they have to do
homework and learn the basic precepts of our country and our government. In
many cases they don’t even know that the Constitution exists, and if they do,
they are taught that this is a document written by old white men 200 years
ago and that it is meaningless in today’s world.
encourage people to send their children to private or parochial schools, and
if this is not possible, they should home-educate their children in order to
assure that they learn the true history of America and the necessary tools to
be a good citizen and be able to contribute and to succeed in our society.
note: There are a hundred compelling reasons for removing your children and
grandchildren from the public schools, regardless of any practical or
financial inconveniences this may cause you. If the one you have just heard
from Larry Grathwohl — that the progressive revolutionary intentions and methods
of Bill Ayers are being woven into the mainstream of modern education, in
effect establishing the re-education camps of the WU’s hopes — is not
forceful enough to move you, then I give up.