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Revising history to fit the template of socialist politics
This is really about wasted time. When teachers engage in leftist indoctrination in public
schools, it displaces other academic activities that would probably be much more
helpful to the students in the long run. Studying such things as math,
spelling, citizenship, geography and applied science would be far more beneficial than listening to
the teacher recite the "facts" he or she has learned from Michael Moore, Cindy Sheehan and Barbra Streisand.
A George Floyd Scholarship Sends Black Kids The Exact Wrong Message. The constant push to virtue signal to the
idol of social justice is causing some of our historically trusted institutions of academia, health care, and journalism to
lose the public's trust and is further splintering our nation. Minnesota seems to be in the epicenter of it all.
The Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota recently endowed a new scholarship to honor George Perry
Floyd Jr. It's the wrong decision and undermines the work of the civil rights movement and what we communicate to black
American children across the country. What happened to George Floyd was a travesty. But it is important we remain
disciplined in acknowledging that tragedy. When honoring someone's life in a scholarship at an institution of higher
education, we should honor the sacrifice, achievement, and virtues of a person's life.
University May Scrap Sheet Music for Being Complicit in 'White Supremacy'. The University of Oxford is
considering proposals that would remove sheet music from its curriculum over woke claims that teaching the Western form of
musical notation has roots in "colonialism" and "complicity in white supremacy". In response to widespread Black Lives
Matter protesters and riots last year in the United Kingdom, music educators at Oxford University have joined the wider
iconoclastic movement which has been sweeping through British academia.
University wants to cancel musical notation. One of the things about living in a totalitarian society is that,
once something has been identified as problematic, everyone ends up competing to attack in the most aggressive way.
Fail to do so, and you may find yourself being the next person identified as problematic. Perhaps that explains why the
University of Oxford, founded in 1096, is contemplating ending sheet music because it's part of white supremacy. To be
honest, it's a little bit hard to make sense of the story because it's so screamingly stupid. Apparently, music
professors are claiming that all Western classical music has "complicity in white supremacy." This seems to include such
composers as Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, and Handel, all of whom were living in continental Europe in the 17th through 19th
centuries and none of whom had anything whatsoever to do with Blacks, Africa, or the slave trade.
One person complains, and stuff like this happens:
of Oxford considers scrapping sheet music for being 'too colonial'. The University of Oxford is considering
scrapping sheet music for being 'too colonial' after staff raised concerns about the 'complicity in white supremacy' in music
curriculums. Professors are set to reform their music courses to move away from the classic repertoire, which includes
the likes of Beethoven and Mozart, in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement. University staff have argued that
the current curriculum focuses on 'white European music from the slave period', according to The Telegraph.
UT Donors Threaten to Pull Support Over Removal of "The Eyes of Texas" Fight Song. Wealthy University of Texas
at Austin donors are threatening to pull their support of Longhorn athletics over the school's ties to a song that takes its
name from a quote from Confederate General Robert E. Lee which was first played at minstrel shows. Thing is, the donors
aren't calling on the school to scrap the song; they want to keep it. Emails obtained by The Texas Tribune show
alumni and donors who have been supporting the university financially are threatening to stop donating if UT-Austin president
Jay Hartzell doesn't stand up to "cancel culture" and come out in support of the longtime tradition of playing "The Eyes of
Texas" after Longhorn home games.
Right to Pass Down America's Founding Values Is Worth Fighting For. Last month, the San Francisco School Board
voted 6-1 to remove the names of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Paul Revere, and other historic American patriots from
44 schools. Beyond the names on buildings, what's happening inside classrooms is also distressing. School systems
are being urged to stop teaching about the founding of our country. Curriculums are being discarded as far-left
activists seek to cancel and corrupt American history under the guise of teaching a more honest account of our history.
I have no problem discussing the challenges we as a nation faced in our past, but we've seen woke extremists stoop to new
lows to put down our own country and those who founded it, regardless of their stated beliefs at the time on moral issues
like slavery. For example, some extremists launched a nonsensical movement to "Cancel Hamilton." Alexander Hamilton
was a staunch abolitionist who never owned a slave, and even said "no man has a right to rule over his fellow creatures."
revolution devours all before it. The latest enactment of that old truth happened Tuesday night in, of all
places, a Zoom meeting of the San Francisco School Board. In that meeting, members voted to strip the names of American
historical figures — George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and even California Democratic Senator
Dianne Feinstein — from schools in San Francisco. What began in recent years as a call to remove the names
of Confederate leaders from schools, roads, and military bases, and then to tear down Confederate statues, has now moved on
to target all of American history.
Francisco can't figure out how to safely open schools but they have time to cancel Lincoln'. The San Francisco
school board has voted to strike the names of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln from the district's
institutions, it was revealed Tuesday [1/26/2021]. The former presidents were among the historical figures deemed by
the board members to have ties to racism or have 'dishonorable legacies' in a 6-1 vote, which will see 44 local public
schools forced to change their names. The controversial move follows a wave of anti-racism protests that swept the
country last summer in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, resulting in statues of Confederate
leaders, in particular, being torn down.
Francisco school board agrees to remove names of 44 Americans on schools including Lincoln. The San Francisco
public school board voted Tuesday in favor of renaming 44 public schools — part of recent, nationwide efforts
sparked by the 2020 social justice protests to remove the names of early Americans and others associated with slavery, the
confederacy, the treatment of transgenders and other controversial issues. The board voted 6-1 in favor of the change,
which it has been considering since October 2020. Among the names being removed from the schools are those of Thomas
Jefferson, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
Lincoln was once a hero. In some S.F. education circles, he's now a bad guy. Abraham Lincoln, an iconic
American hero, could soon be an outcast in San Francisco, his legacy called into question and his name ripped off a high
school. Lincoln is one of dozens of historical figures who, according to a school district renaming committee, lived a
life so stained with racism, oppression or human rights violations, they do not deserve to have their name on a school
building. The debate reflects a nation in turmoil, a reckoning with a racist past that lingers today, toppling
confederate statues from town squares and eliminating a large number of Robert E. Lee street signs.
They Are Coming After the Pioneers. The public display of "woke" sensitivity is certainly contagious, and this
virus has infected all levels of academic and corporate worlds. There are no issues too trivial to be affected,
including team mascots and logos. Marietta College, a small liberal arts college in Ohio, has recently announced to its
alumni that the College's Pioneer mascot and logo are "under review" in light of "recent events." This "review" is a
symptom of a much larger story. It is not too difficult to figure out just what are these "recent events," as
manifested by the current war on the name Redskins and on the monuments that include those of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick
Douglass. The name Pioneers may soon join the forbidden ranks of Redskins. Apparently, any respect for those of
European ancestry who first ventured into the Ohio River valley may now be unacceptable for a college that once proudly
referred to itself as the Pioneers.
a name change? The Falls Church School Board has voted to rename Thomas Jefferson Elementary School and George
Mason High School. The vote was unanimous. The new names apparently haven't been selected yet. [...] As guilty as
some White liberals may feel, they aren't on board with overthrowing our system. Neither are most Blacks. I doubt
that the Falls Church School Board wants to topple the system. But to appease the militants, liberals are more than
happy to topple symbolically the founders of the American system. When those statues fall and those names change, it's
a pretend toppling. One is tempted to laugh it off. But symbols aren't meaningless. Symbolically throwing
overboard the author of one of America's two foundational documents isn't a revolution, but it is an erosion. For the
American left, that's the next best thing.
The Editor says...
Maybe they could name the schools after someone the left admires, like H. Rap Brown, Eugene V. Debs, Howard Zinn, or Samuel Dickstein.
Military Institute removes Stonewall Jackson statue from campus. The Virginia Military Institute removed a
108-year-old statue of former professor and Confederate general Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson from its campus on Monday
[12/7/2020]. The statue was lifted from its pedestal with a crane and is set to be relocated to a Civil War museum which
is also operated by the college.
Republicans Introduce Legislation To Bar Federal Funding Of Schools Teaching Fake History. Two House
Republicans introduced legislation Thursday that would bar federal funds from flowing to schools with curriculum featuring
the New York Times' anti-American 1619 Project indoctrinating K-12 students with fake history. The bill, put forward by
Colorado Rep. Ken Buck with Georgia Rep. Rick Allen, serves as companion legislation introduced in the Senate by
Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton in July. "The 1619 Project teaches children a historically inaccurate account
of our nation's history," Buck said. "Federal funding should not go towards schools that teach flawed and inaccurate
curriculum in classrooms. We should be able to acknowledge the stains on our nation's history while still continuing to
celebrate the good our country has done."
to remove World War II murals because they show too many white people. The University of Rhode Island recently
announced plans to remove two murals depicting World War II veterans because it lacks "diversity and a sensitivity to today's
complex and painful problems," according to the university. Kathy Collins, vice president of student affairs, told CBS
12 she received complaints because the two folk-art murals portraying life in the GI Bill era of the 1950s "portray a very
homogeneous population" and that most of the people depicted in the murals are "predominantly white." Collins also told
the CBS news affiliate that some students told the school they "didn't feel comfortable sitting in that space."
removes statues of Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin. It didn't take a protest. It didn't take a
petition. It didn't even take an official request. Apparently just the concern that campus statues of Thomas
Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin might draw racial unrest, protests or vandalism prompted Washburn University leaders to
quietly and preemptively remove the bronze Founding Fathers after a conversation with the pieces' donor family. The
statues were removed in July, Washburn spokesperson Patrick Early told The College Fix in a telephone interview
Friday. But their removal from the Topeka, Kansas-based public university was first reported in local news outlets only
This is one way to keep public school kids from knowing the "new normal" isn't normal at all:
Leaders Call for Illinois to Abolish History Classes. Leaders in education, politics and other areas gathered
in suburban Evanston Sunday to ask that the Illinois State Board of Education change the history curriculum at schools
statewide, and temporarily halt instruction until an alternative is decided upon. At a news conference, State
Rep. LaShawn K. Ford said current history teachings lead to a racist society and overlook the contributions of women
and minorities. Before the event Sunday [8/2/2020], Rep. Ford's office distributed a news release "Rep. Ford
Today in Evanston to Call for the Abolishment of History Classes in Illinois Schools," in which Ford asked the ISBOE and
school districts to immediately remove history curriculum and books that "unfairly communicate" history "until a suitable
alternative is developed."
At University In Wisconsin Demand That Abraham Lincoln Statue Be Removed From Campus. If you're wondering where
all these radical leftists in America came from, look no further than the nearest college campus. Academia has been
spoon feeding a steady diet of leftism to American students for generations. Now they are beginning to see the fruits
of their labor. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, students are now demanding the removal of a campus statue of
schools honoring Washington and Jefferson to be renamed in 'support of Black Lives Matter'. Two public schools
in Berkeley, California, will remove their names commemorating Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson amid renewed
and widespread calls from the Black Lives Matter movement for racial equality. The Berkeley Unified School District
voted and approved a "Resolution in Support of Black Lives Matter" last week, following weeks of nationwide protests and
riots denouncing systemic racism and police brutality sparked by the death of a black man, George Floyd, in Minneapolis
police custody on Memorial Day. Both schools are named after presidents who owned slaves.
Students Demand Removal of 'Racist' Thomas Jefferson Statue. Student protesters at the University of Missouri
have circulated a petition that calls on Mizzou officials to remove a "racist" Thomas Jefferson statue from campus
grounds. According to a report by Campus Reform, student protesters at the University of Missouri are calling for the
removal of a Thomas Jefferson statue from campus on the grounds that it is "racist."
University removes 'Victory Bell' after learning of its plantation origins. Tulane University's "Victory Bell"
has been removed from its pedestal on the school's Uptown campus after officials learned it was originally used as a
plantation bell. In a letter emailed to the Tulane community, President Mike Fitts and Board Chairman Doug Hertz said
they were informed last week that the bell was originally used to direct the movements of enslaved people on a
plantation. "It is terribly disheartening to learn that it is, in fact, a vestige of a horrific part of our nation's
past," the letter said. "Now that we understand its history as an instrument of slavery, continuing to use this bell in
a celebratory manner would run counter to our values."
Peoples' Day to replace Christopher Columbus Day at Chicago Public Schools. Chicago Public Schools will no
longer observe Columbus Day. The Board of Education voted to change the name to Indigenous Peoples Day as other cities
and school districts have done. The board's vote on the issue was 5-2. The school holiday will be on Oct. 12
this year. CPS is working to develop new curriculum to more accurately tell the history of Native American cultures.
The Editor says...
Will the new curriculum be more accurate or more politically correct?
voids university's $2.5 million settlement over Confederate soldier statue. A North Carolina judge this week
voided a controversial $2.5 million settlement regarding a Confederate statue on the campus of the University of North
Carolina, once more casting doubt on the fate of the statue, including whether or not it will return to the school's campus
where it has generated so much controversy. In December, the University of North Carolina system agreed to shell out
that hefty payment as part of a deal to permanently bar the much-maligned "Silent Sam" statue from any UNC campus.
Activists and critics on campus believed the statue was a modern-day monument to white supremacy.
A Divisive, Historically Dubious Curriculum.
Hannah-Jones's essay has come under withering attack from eminent historians such as Gordon Wood and James McPherson for its
historical distortions. But the 1619 Project's curriculum does more than encourage teachers to ignore key elements of
the historical record; it asks students to blot them out. [...] Historians, journalists, and politicians frequently accuse
one another of twisting history to advance political agendas — and the accused parties always deny the
charge. By contrast, the 1619 Project's curriculum openly encourages such historical revisionism. Its "reading
guide" aims to ensure that students don't miss core partisan talking points.
Want to Get Rid of Thanksgiving. According to The College Fix, college students think Thanksgiving represents
"oppression" because it is "based off of the genocide of indigenous people." They see Thanksgiving in terms of the "themes
of oppression and colonization." More to the point, with the focus on eating a "bunch of food," Thanksgiving is "just a
bunch of capitalist [nonsense]." Some of the students "believe most American holidays are rooted in oppression."
Others see Americans celebrating "unethical holidays." A few proclaim that "no holidays with religious connotations
should be observed." No wonder today's students have such warped views of life; most have no grounding in history.
and Lee U. Students Demand Removal of Washington and Lee Photos from Diplomas. Students and faculty at
Washington and Lee University in Lexington city, Virginia, are demanding that the school remove photos of George Washington
and Robert E. Lee from their diplomas. "We, the undersigned, call on the administration of Washington and Lee
University and President William Dudley to provide students with the option of removing the portraits of namesakes Robert E.
Lee and George Washington from their diplomas," proclaim the law students in their petition.
The Editor says...
Seems like the students would have been aware of the general appearance of their diplomas since the day they signed up
to attend the university. Get over it.
Democrat debate was terrifying. Who are these people? [Scroll down] The American Revolution
was fought to free the American colonies from the tyranny of and taxation by England. That same liberty-loving spirit
led to the Civil War; freedom-loving Americans fought to end slavery. The Republican Party was founded to do exactly
that. Any faux historian that says different is lying. America was founded in 1776, its nationhood cemented with
the ratification of the Constitution in 1788. Legitimate historians are rare these days; nearly all have been
politicized by academia and its power to persuade, and by its love of Howard Zinn's slanderous and wholly inaccurate version
of US history. The NYT's silly claim that we have been a nation since 1619 when, according to them, the first slave
arrived in the New World is utter nonsense. Academia is now, with a few exceptions, thoroughly corrupt, committed only
to the leftist indoctrination of the unsuspecting young.
Dakota public schools adding 'In God We Trust' to walls. Students returning to Beadle Elementary School in
Rapid City will find a squeaky clean new gymnasium floor, tall sunflowers in the community garden — and the motto
"In God We Trust" painted above the scoreboard. They won't be alone. Students in each of the Mount Rushmore
State's public schools will see the official national motto, which supplanted "E Pluribus Unum" by congressional action
in the 1950s, posted on school property, complying with a law signed this spring by Gov. Kristi Noem.
board has last-minute change of heart over George Washington mural. The San Francisco school board voted this
week to cover a George Washington mural at a local high school that depicts images of slavery and the death of a Native
American. The 13-panel mural is called "Life of Washington" and though it will be preserved, it will be covered by
panels that show "the heroism of people of color in America, how we have fought against, and continue to battle discrimination,
racism, hatred, and poverty." [...] Critics of the mural have blasted it as racist and said it is inappropriate for students to
see. "The murals never bothered me," one student said about the mural, according to SF Chronicle. "In fact, I bet
that half of the kids who go to the school never even look up at them when they walk by."
History Is an Ugly Business.
The San Francisco School Board recently confronted perhaps the greatest crisis in the city's history. Forget fire,
earthquake, fear of Japanese attack, and murder of the mayor by a disgruntled ex-city councilman. Washington High
School sports an extensive mural of the first president's life. By a radical Russian-born artist, Victor Arnautoff, the
depiction includes Washington as slaveholder and Indian-killer. Earlier this year, a "Reflection and Action Group,"
presumably a Bay Area staple, denounced Arnautoff for glorifying "slavery, genocide, colonization, manifest destiny, [and]
white supremacy." The Russian Community Council of the United States then weighed in on his behalf. The educrats
consulted, emoted, and finally decided. They will spend $600,000 to paint over the murals — a project that
will require an environmental impact statement.
Anti-Cultural Nihilism of the Left. The final battle lines for America are the history wars.
Conservatives are losing. There have already been two fundamental revolutions that have reshaped, reconstituted,
restructured American society. The first was Abraham Lincoln and the subjugation of the primacy of the states, Northern
and Southern alike, to the dictates of executive fiat and the federal government. The second was Franklin Roosevelt and
the subjugation of civil society to federal bureaucracy. The first was a political revolution, the second a social
revolution. The third revolution is the ongoing cultural revolution, a revolution that includes factors such as
immigration, the teaching and reception of European and North American history, and our own self-understanding as a people
with an inheritance and a future.
teacher loses job after defending Western Civilization. A math teacher says she has lost her job at a private
school in Southern California for speaking out in defense of Western Civilization — even though she made her
comments outside the classroom. Dr. Karen Siegemund, president of the Los Angeles-based American Freedom Alliance,
gave a speech in May at the group's "Long March Through the Institutions" conference, which "explored the Left's ongoing
multi-decade takeover attempt of numerous public and private institutions to effect a radical transformation of America."
During her speech, she said "each of us here believes in the unparalleled force for good that is Western Civilization, that
is our heritage, whether we were born here or not." Shortly thereafter she said she was informed that her teaching
contract at Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, a private K-12 school, would not be renewed.
War Over America's Past Is Really About Its Future. The San Francisco Board of Education recently voted to
paint over, and thus destroy, a 1,600-square-foot mural of George Washington's life in San Francisco's George Washington High
School. Victor Arnautoff, a communist Russian-American artist and Stanford University art professor, had painted "Life
of Washington" in 1936, commissioned by the New Deal's Works Progress Administration. A community task force appointed
by the school district had recommended that the board address student and parent objections to the 83-year-old mural, which
some viewed as racist for its depiction of black slaves and Native Americans.
governor calls his own state's people irredeemably racist. Vermont's culture is one of dairy farming, verdant
mountain scenery, maple syrup, and small-town hospitality. Both the governor and the gubernatorial hopeful who may
oppose him next year openly characterize Vermonters' culture as innately racist. Scott praised Donovan's Report declaring
Vermont a "White Supremacy Culture" and proudly signed a law March 29 that will create a school curriculum designed to
"change the underlying culture of our state." Like all states, Vermont has racists. But slavery was never legal
in Vermont, being banned in the first state constitution in America.
Obviously the principal was a poorly-educated public school student himself.
High School Principal Said 'I Can't Say The Holocaust Is A Factual, Historical Event'. There are some things that are just not up for debate. These
aren't political issues. What happened in Florida didn't center on MAGA hats, flag burning, or the merits of tax
cuts. We actually had a high school principal question whether the Holocaust was a "historical, factual" event.
The Palm Beach Post has the story. A mother of a student tried for a year to reason with the school administration
to, you know, actually teach kids about this terrible period in human history without the nonsense. She wondered how this
was being taught at the school. The emails between the parent and Spanish River High School Principal William Latson were
released and, well, it was not very good. Latson has since apologized for the wording in these emails, with the school
district's deputy schools superintendent saying that he was "counseled" on the exchanges, but not formally reprimanded.
FL principal apologizes for telling parent, 'I can't say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event'. A South
Florida high school principal told a parent he "can't say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event." Spanish River
High School Principal William Latson made the remarkable comment in an email to the mother of a student while discussing
history curriculum, according to The Palm Beach Post. "Not everyone believes the Holocaust happened," Latson wrote in
the email, adding that lessons are "not forced upon individuals as we all have the same rights but not all the same beliefs."
Something San Francisco
This Way Comes. The San Francisco School Board last week authorized $600,000 in spending to destroy a mural
depicting George Washington at a high school named for him. "It's rude and disrespectful to people's cultures," a
junior at the school told the San Francisco Chronicle. The school board president agrees. "I think the
images are really harmful," Stevon Cook explains. "But I do understand the sensitivity about it being art. It's a
difficult position to be in." The board's vice president, Mark Sanchez, maintains, "Painting it over represents not only a
symbolic fresh start, but a real fresh start." The censorship follows the removal of an "Early Days" statue, which
depicted an American Indian laying at the feet of a Spanish cowboy and Catholic missionary, outside the San Francisco Public
Library in September. The city's Historic Preservation Committee voted unanimously to remove it and the Arts Commission
dubbed the 2,000-pound sculpture "disrespectful, misleading, and racist" in unanimously voting to censor it.
Approves Covering Controversial George Washington High School Mural. A decades-old mural in a San Francisco
school will be removed from public view because of its depiction of Native Americans, the city's Board of Education decided
unanimously Tuesday night [6/25/2019]. The unanimous vote directs staff at George Washington High School to develop a
project that would remove the 1936 mural by Victor Arnautoff from public view by either painting over it or using solid
panels to cover it. Because the mural is painted directly onto the building's walls, the mural must be covered and
cannot be removed.
Santa Cruz Will Remove 'Offensive' Bells from Campus. UC Santa Cruz has announced that it will remove historic
bells from the "Spanish Missions" after members of the community called them offensive. According to a report by Campus
Reform, the University of California, Santa Cruz, will remove a major historical artifact from campus. The
reason? Many in the UC Santa Cruz community argued that the artifact is offensive. The "Spanish Mission" bells
were used between 1769 and 1833 to highlight the path of the 21 California Missions, which were constructed to evangelize
school board to spend at least $375k to cover over 'racist' George Washington mural. Historical images of
George Washington's life will soon vanish from San Francisco's Washington High School over accusations of racism. In
1936, Victor Arnautoff, a left-leaning artist who went on to join the Communist Party, created a 13-panel mural that was
meant to show an accurate depiction of U.S. history — warts and all. His art, however, was deemed so offensive
this week by school board officials that they will spend anywhere from $375,000 to $825,000 to hide it from public view.
Washington High School to Erase 'Offensive' George Washington Mural. George Washington High School in San
Francisco, California, plans to remove an "offensive" mural of George Washington. At a school board meeting this week,
no board members spoke in defense of the historical art, which one speaker claims causes "visual offense."
statue called 'monument to violent white supremacy,' students, faculty demand its removal. In celebration of
Oregon's roots in pioneering, a statue of a pioneer, known simply as "The Pioneer," was erected a century ago at the
University of Oregon. And now, as the 100-year anniversary of the statue arrives, some in the campus community demand
it be removed. The Pioneer was the focus of a recent protest, at which dozens of students and faculty and others called
for its removal and circulated a petition demanding as much, NPR Oregon reported.
War on History Comes for George Washington. The perpetual war on history now has the father of our country in
its sights as the San Francisco Board of Education considers removing a mural of Washington from a local school. If the
board succeeds in politicizing Washington, whose legacy was once so secured and uniting that his home at Mount Vernon was
considered neutral ground during the Civil War, then we have clearly crossed the Rubicon of social division. Critics of
the mural point out that, in addition to Washington, it also depicts slaves and Native Americans — and one of the
Native Americans appears to be dead.
Buttigieg Now Taking Cues from Campus Leftists, Wants to Erase Thomas Jefferson. For the last few years campus
progressives, most notably at Hofstra University, have been trying to erase Thomas Jefferson from the public square.
Now 2020 Democratic hopeful Pete Buttigieg has joined the effort. Anyone who's familiar with the concept of Year Zero
knows what this is really about. Still, it's surprising to hear it coming from a presidential candidate.
Francisco School May Destroy George Washington Murals For "Traumatizing" Students. Imagine having something on
the walls of your high school as fascinating as an original 13-panel history of George Washington's life painted by a
communist protege of Diego Rivera — and wanting to destroy it. The artist, Victor Arnautoff, was a respected
painter and professor, not some hack brought in to brighten up the kiddies' surroundings. He was commissioned to paint
the series in 1936 by FDR's Works Progress Administration, making the murals part of U.S. history in more than one way.
School Mulls Removing George Washington Murals Because They 'Traumatize' Students. A high school in Northern
California — George Washington High School, to be specific — is mulling over a push to remove two
83-year-old murals from its hallways. Critics advocating for their removal say they are offensive to Native Americans
and African-Americans. They say the pair of panels "traumatizes students and community members."
they want Thomas Jefferson banned. Breitbart News reported, "Students at Hofstra University in Long Island, New
York, demanded on Friday that the school remove a statue of Thomas Jefferson, arguing that it is not possible for the
university to have the statue on campus while also being an institution that 'prides itself on diversity and inclusion.'
Students also called on the university to train its faculty and professors to behave in a more politically correct manner."
If you believe in diversity and inclusion, you do not ban people. These punks are the foot soldiers for
oppressors. Their call to strip President Jefferson of his rightful place on Mount Rushmore is pure sanctimony.
They hate him not because he owned slaves but because he said all men are created equal. These programmed parrots just
say what their previously programmed professors repeat from their professors. Their hand-me-down thoughts are part of
the conformity necessary to install a totalitarian state.
Students Demand Removal Of Thomas Jefferson Statue Representing A 'Legacy Of Racism And Bigotry'. The good
folks over at Campus Reform report that leftist students at Hofstra University are demanding the college's administration
take down a statue of founding father Thomas Jefferson because the statue represents a "legacy of racism and bigotry on
college campuses." Campus Correspondent Sergei Kelley reports that Hofstra students held a second annual "Jefferson Has
Gotta Go!" event on Friday. In addition to demanding that Jefferson's statue be torn down due to his slave-holding
past, the group that gathered sought to "expose the culture of bias and discrimination" found on college campuses.
University Students Renew Effort to Remove Thomas Jefferson Statue From Campus. Here we go again. The
school refused to do this last year, but the students aren't taking no for an answer.
high school could be renamed for interracial couple over Lee. A northern Virginia high school that is removing
Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's name could be renamed for an interracial couple.
campus attacks on Thomas Jefferson, Dave Brat sees decline of Judeo-Christian tradition. As an academic from
Virginia with a healthy admiration for the Founding Fathers, Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., is in good position to ponder Thomas
Jefferson's imperiled reputation at his state's flagship university. Jefferson is increasingly controversial at the
University of Virginia, a school he founded in 1819, where students have taken to protesting statues of him in recent
months. Asked about disputes over the statues in a Wednesday meeting with the Washington Examiner's editorial board,
Brat said the tributes to Jefferson should remain standing.
Washington U. Students Petition to Get Rid of 'Offensive' Colonials Mascot. More than 200 George Washington
University students have signed a petition calling for the school to adopt a new mascot and nickname because the current
moniker, Colonials, is "extremely offensive." "The historically, negatively-charged figure of Colonials has too deep a
connection to colonization and glorifies the act of systemic oppression," the petition reads. It suggests alternative
nicknames such as "Hippos" or "Riverhorses." The Colonials mascot was adopted in 1926 to honor the school's namesake,
George Washington, and is intended as a reference to colonial America and the Continental Army.
Student arrested for dousing Confederate statue
with red paint. A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student was arrested Monday and charged with
vandalism for dousing a controversial Confederate statue with red paint. The "Silent Sam" statue has been a focal point
of controversy throughout the school year, and many students expressed outrage over Maya Little's arrest, even encouraging
others to follow her lead.
Liberal students admit to defacing Jefferson
statue at Hofstra. Several Hofstra University students have openly confessed to defacing a Thomas Jefferson
statue on campus with a "Black Lives Matter" sign, and one of the vandals is reportedly facing disciplinary action from the
university. The students strongly denied that their actions constituted "vandalism," insisting that all they did was
use university printers to create a BLM sign that they then affixed to the statue's face.
School District Votes To Change Name Amid Link To Slavery, Confederacy. After months of debate, the Dixie
School District in Marin County is changing its name after critics said it's linked to the Confederacy and slavery.
State Resorts to Shock Tactics, Indoctrination to Teach Tribal History. Washington State is in the process of
implementing a new mandatory curriculum on Native American history in its public schools. Proposed lesson plans are now
up on the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction's website. And some parents in the state are highly
disturbed by the content of those lessons which they say indoctrinate students in a one-sided leftist understanding of
American history and could be traumatizing for young children.
History Curriculum To Include Truth About Arab Rejectionism As Cause of Middle East Conflict. Almost buried in
a report about how the Texas State Board of Education voted to remove Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller from the history
curriculum of their public schools.. [...] The board also voted to keep in the curriculum a reference to the "heroism" of the
defenders of the Alamo, which had been recommended for elimination, as well as Moses' influence on the writing of the
nation's founding documents, multiple references to "Judeo-Christian" values and a requirement that students explain how the
"Arab rejection of the State of Israel has led to ongoing conflict" in the Middle East.
State Board of Education votes to erase Hillary Clinton from history curriculum. The State Board of Education
in Texas voted on Friday to eliminate several historical figures, including Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller, from the
state's social studies curriculum. Barbara Cargill, a Texas Republican and member of the board, told The Dallas Morning
News that "the recommendation to eliminate Helen Keller and Hillary Clinton was made by [Texas Essential Knowledge and
Skills] work groups."
board votes to eliminate Hillary Clinton, Helen Keller from history curriculum. History curriculum in Texas
remembers the Alamo, but could soon forget Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller. As part of an effort to "streamline" the
social studies curriculum in Texas, the State Board of Education voted on Friday [9/14/2018] to change what students in every
grade are required to learn in the classroom. They approved the removal of several historical figures, including
Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller.
The Editor says...
The surprising part of this story is that history is still taught in public schools at all! Personally,
I think Hillary Clinton should stay in the history books, right next to Vince Foster and Ron Brown.
Tell English Profs to Stop Teaching English: Too Many White Male Poets. Some Yale University students are
demanding changes to the English Department curriculum: specifically, they don't think it should feature so many English
poets who were straight, white, wealthy, and male. [...] The "Major English Poets" sequence, a mandatory two-course
commitment for English majors, is particularly problematic, according to the students. These classes cover Geoffrey
Chaucer, Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, John Donne, John Milton, Alexander Pope, William Wordsworth, and T.S. Eliot.
It's not the most diverse line up, to be sure, but it's the one that best reflects history the way it actually happened.
Inarguably, these are the most influential poets in the English language. But students think this sequence "creates a culture
that is hostile to students of color."
students: Studying white, male writers creates culture 'hostile to students of color'. If a group of undergraduate
students at Yale University gets its way, the Bard and other white, male poets of yore — such as John Milton, Alexander Pope
and William Wordsworth — might be shown the door in favor of a more diverse arrangement of authors. The group started a
petition online aimed at "decolonizing" two courses on "Major English Poets" required for all English majors. "It is unacceptable
that a Yale student considering studying English literature might read only white male authors," the petition states. "A year spent
around a seminar table where the literary contributions of women, people of color, and queer folk are absent actively harms all students,
regardless of their identity."
America's heritage. I've had it with ignorant college students and their professors and academic administrators
denigrating the heritage of America and so many great figures of our history. I've had it with the assault on "dead
white males" and the effort to destroy the political legitimacy of their descendants of today because of perceived misdeeds
of the past. And I've had it with people strutting around campuses with the view that their politics is somehow more
pristine than that of whites because their ancestors were "victims" in the mists of yesteryear. Those dead white males
built this country. Sure, they had help from others, but the credit belongs largely to them. They ventured onto a
forbidding continent, with their wives and children, and braved ferocious winters, scarce food, dense forests, and the
understandable but dangerous hostility of native populations.
The Murder of History.
Orwell grasped the vital need for real history and he saw how those who lust for power will murder history as their first victim. Winston
Smith, the protagonist in 1984, works in the Ministry of Truth and systematically destroys history so that no clues of its death can even
be found. The virtual elimination of any parts of authentic history that might conflict with the prevailing and politically correct history
warps our thinking, usually without us even being aware of our ignorance.
The Chickens of Communism Have Come Home to Roost.
Academia has been blotting out the past and revising history for a while but with increased vengeance since Jimmy Carter founded the U.S.
Department of Education on October 17, 1979. Our children's education has depreciated considerably as evidenced by test scores
and the quality of mis-educated youth in our country who can barely read or write a complete and coherent paragraph. But their
fingers fly on Twitter in hashtags and 140 characters, staring constantly like robotic drones into illuminated smart devices.
propose Indigenous Peoples' Day. A group of San Juan College students are taking steps to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples' Day on
campus. Their proposal would have Indigenous Peoples' Day observed on the same day that the majority of the country commemorates Columbus Day.
Did a Texas Textbook End Up Describing Slaves as "Workers From Africa"? Another shot was fired in the
never-ending battle over Texas textbooks last week, when Roni Dean-Burren of Pearland, Texas, posted a screenshot of her
15-year-old son's new world geography textbook. The picture was of a map with a caption that exemplifies — perhaps
unintentionally, in this case — the controversial changes Texas has made to its social-studies textbooks in recent years:
"The Atlantic Slave Trade between the 1500s and 1800s brought millions of workers from Africa to the southern United States to work on
White Guilt-White Privilege Shakedown. The peddlers of white guilt and white privilege want us to
believe that evil Europeans, as led originally by Christopher Columbus, invaded the New World to wage a racist war
on the peaceful and innocent Native Americans. The truth is substantially different. 1. The
Europeans did not do anything to the Native Americans that they did not do to each other in both Europe and the
New World. Settlers and colonists were as ready to slaughter each other as they were to slaughter natives.
Skin color or ethnicity was far less a factor in making somebody a target for aggression as was possession of land,
livestock, or wealth that the aggressor wanted. 2. The Europeans did not do anything to the Native Americans
that the Native Americans did not do to each other. 3. The Europeans did not do anything to the Native
Americans that the Native Americans were unwilling to do to Europeans.
Core Is Rewriting History Like a Tin Pot Dictatorship. Abraham Lincoln's religion was
Liberal, George Bush stole the election, social justice is the only justice, and the Electoral
College is a mistake. That is what students are being taught in their math classes thanks to the
federal government and a number of large corporations. The Core is merely a set of standards
according to the proponents. That is incorrect. The government and the large corporations
own the copyright to the Standards and the lessons are approved and encouraged by the government.
The publishing company Pearson is intimately tied into the government and the Common Core and is one of
the worst offenders, spewing misinformation and politically-biased lessons.
Scholars Blast U.S.
History Rewrite. Fifty-five top historians have signed an open letter criticizing the
College Board's revamp of its Advanced Placement U.S. history curriculum, in which half a million of
the nation's brightest students enroll each year. It is the final U.S. history class many ever take.
[...] The College Board has so far dismissed critics of its curricular rewrite as nitpicking, right-wing
rubes. It turns out serious, credible scholars agree with the critics.
Board's Reckless Spin on U.S. History. Fifty-five distinguished scholars published an
open letter this morning protesting the one-sided and politicized curriculum framework introduced
last year by the College Board to prepare high school students for the Advanced Placement Exam in
U.S. history. The scholars assert that the College Board's framework exposes the teaching of
American history to "a grave new risk." It does this and worse.
School Board replaces Columbus Day with 'Indigenous Peoples' Day'. The Seattle School Board voted unanimously
on Wednesday [10/1/2014] for schools to observe "Indigenous Peoples' Day" on the same day as the Columbus Day federal holiday.
The resolution, in part, said the board "recognizes the fact that Seattle is built upon the homelands and villages of the Indigenous
Peoples of this region, without whom the building of the City would not have been possible," a local Fox affiliate reported.
Asking Students Whether The Holocaust Was Real Results In Disturbing Answers And Grades.
Approximately 2,000 eighth graders in the Rialto, CA, school district received a shocking in-class essay
assignment in May, which led to an outcry from the community and a public apology from district administrators.
The assignment asked students to discuss whether the Holocaust "was an actual event in history," or
whether it was "merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain," the San
Bernadino Sun reports. After the justified outrage ensued, district administrators insisted
that not one single student had argued against the reality of the Holocaust. But the San
Bernadino Sun, after sifting through hundreds of student essays, have already found at least 50 which
show that that was a lie.
U.S. History Textbook Guts the Second Amendment.
Author John J. Newman has some explaining to do. His textbook, United States History: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Examination,
literally rewrites the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. On page 102 of Newman's book, the author cuts the Second Amendment in half
and leaves out several key words.
Paterson principal is under scrutiny for
alleged Thanksgiving announcement. School officials said Thursday that they were investigating a complaint that a high
school principal made an inappropriate announcement before Thanksgiving break. [...] A purported recording of the announcement has been
emailed among teachers and was sent to The Record and Herald News. In the recording, a man can be heard saying: "We must very, very,
very, very understanding to our Native Americans, who lost and sacrificed because of the scalping that took place on Thanksgiving.
They were invited to a dinner, and then their lives were taken from them."
the Holocaust Prohibited at Purdue University, Calumet. "Why do they teach about the Holocaust, but deny
students the opportunity to learn from me?" My mother, a Holocaust survivor, asked me that question when she learned
that she and I were disinvited to speak at Purdue University, Calumet because a presentation about the "Nazi Roots of Modern
Anti-Semitism" was deemed "too controversial" and potentially upsetting to some students. I was stunned by the
cancellation and had no answer to my mother's question.
The Vanishing Western Tradition.
For students in the Academy today, the Western Civilization history course, virtually a standard curriculum
offering 30 years ago, has disappeared. This survey course covering classical antiquity to the
present was the glue, the all-embracing narrative, that gave coherence to everything else the university
taught. At the very least, students came away from this course with a partial recognition of their
civilization and its monumental achievements. Now Western civilization survey courses have been
eliminated from the general education requirements, replaced in large part by courses and programs that
either undermine traditions in the West or "Balkanize" the curriculum.
Erase America From U.S. History. Among the goals listed for the Mexican-American Studies are "social
justice" and "Latino Critical Race Pedagogy." Pictures of the classroom showed the walls decorated with "heroes,"
such as Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. Tucson also offers courses especially for African-American and
Native American students. These classes obviously divide the student population by race, a practice
we thought was not supposed to be tolerated anymore.
Deny Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II Their Rightful Place in History. I spent much time
during the past few weeks helping my son study for the state-wide World History test he took a few days ago.
Working with him through his studies, I learned his class presented a brand new version of history, a version
that never occurred. Some can argue different versions/interpretations of events that happened centuries
ago, but his text book and curriculum distorted events I saw with my own eyes.
Let's Hear It for Tex Avery.
The board's new language called on students to be able to explain how the activities of Senator Joseph McCarthy,
as well as those of the House Committee on Un-American Activities, the arms race, and the space race,
"increased Cold War tensions." But the board of education further mandated for study "how the later
release of the Venona Papers confirmed suspicions of communist infiltration in U.S. government." This
appeared to strike Texas liberals as an outrageous intrusion of right-wing ideology. Yet the role of the
Venona decryptions of Soviet secret intelligence by American code-breakers, in identifying Soviet agents at
work in official institutions, has never been questioned by historians of any political sympathy since Venona
was released beginning in 1995.
Obama Have Something Against Cops? [Scroll down] Here's Obama last night in Ottumwa, Iowa,
Indian Hills Community College, he held a town meeting. ... Julie Morales, a student at Indian Hills Community
College asks the president, "I was wondering what your plan was for our undocumented workers who helped establish
our country." What is this woman being taught? Undocumented workers helped establish the country?
I didn't have that chapter in my history book in junior high or high school.
History and Ideology in
Textbooks. Teaching is not dictation. It is not the simple transference of knowledge from one person
to another. That kind of straight-line thinking leads to automatons, not critically thinking, independent-minded
citizens. Rather, teaching should be about encouraging students' minds to expand and grow.
Decides What's In Your Kids' Textbooks? This week in Texas, the State Board of Education
will consider curriculum modifications that could impact millions of students across America. That's
because what Texas ultimately decides has great influence among textbook publishers.
Reagan Gets the Shaft in Textbooks. As the Texas textbook battle continues to simmer, [Larry]
Schweikart says the first thing he does to determine whether a book is politically slanted is to go to any
section discussing President Ronald Reagan. What you'll find there, he says, will tell you everything
you need to know...
the Texas Textbook Debate Matters. Is America a "constitutional republic" or a "democratic" one?
Is Country & Western more of a significant cultural movement than Hip Hop? Is there such a thing as "separation
of church and state"? These are but a few of the hundreds of questions the 15 elected members of the Texas
State Board of Education have been agonizing over for nearly a year as they struggled to reach an agreement and
adopt the Lone Star State's standards for social studies.
Culture War Turns to Texas Textbooks.
What do liberal lawmakers in California share with their conservative counterparts in Texas? Very little.
But this week both are watching the 15 member Texas State Board of Education, which will choose the next generation
of history textbooks for most American children.
How Dare You Teach Conservatism!
Texas's elected state board of education, back in March, had the audacity to instruct Texas book publishers as
to the need for more philosophically conservative standards in the social studies curriculum. The Texas
market is so large that textbook publishers generally take what Texas dishes out and put it appreciatively to
their lips. The content of a textbook tailored for Texas can influence the content of a textbook adopted
in, good heavens, Vermont or New Jersey. This makes the proceedings vital, not to say controversial.
Textbook Texas. Post
'60s liberal ideology ... holds that state and church were marked at the start for apartness. The
Texas board of education, so far from accepting the postmodern view of things, has ordered a quest for
balance. Members want it noted that the words "separation of church and state" appear nowhere in the
Constitution. As indeed they don't: deriving instead from a Jeffersonian metaphor. The
need to make plain the difference between what Jefferson wrote in a private letter to the Danbury, Conn.,
Baptists and the actual language of the First Amendment aches for exposition. (Whether Texans, or
anyone else, should look to the public schools for intelligent exposition of that sophisticated point is a
White calls for removing politics
from classroom. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White said Saturday that if elected in
November, he would pick a new chairman for the State Board of Education to "undo some of the damage" from
controversial social studies curriculum standards adopted Friday [5/21/2010]. Critics contend they
shortchange minorities and push a rosy view of history.
Rebuttal: Fringe liberal groups and media are
working overtime to spread misinformation, hoping to convince Texans that the Board has completely removed
Thomas Jefferson from the social studies standards (Jefferson is actually more prominent in the U.S. History
standards than anyone else except George Washington) and not fairly representing minorities (approved
standards actually contain more minority representation than ever before). The ACLU and others are using
misinformation to force their ideology into the curriculum and force the State Board of Education (SBOE) to
delay the final vote on the social studies standards until after the November elections, hoping there will be
more liberal representation on the Board. (Source: Liberty Institute,
Weekly Issues Alert, May 5, 2010.)
Tell the Liberal Left... Stop Rewriting History!
The fringe left is trying to distort the truth and silence thousands of Texans -- including numerous
teachers and parents who have called, e-mailed and testified before their State Board of Education (SBOE)
member. The extremists are even using our great Founding Father, Thomas Jefferson, as a political
pawn. Jefferson was never removed from social studies as falsely reported by many. Jefferson
will be taught at three grade levels, and the Declaration of Independence and its political ideas are
emphasized repeatedly in the standards.
textbooks are full of skewed history. California's textbooks and other materials must instill
a "sense of pride" in students' heritages and may not include "adverse reflection" on any group. Cultural
or lifestyle differences may not be portrayed as "undesirable." Members of minority groups must be
shown "in the same range of socioeconomic settings" as those in the majority.
Teachers emphasize the
Indians' side. Teacher Bill Morgan walks into his third-grade class wearing a black Pilgrim hat
made of construction paper and begins snatching up pencils, backpacks and glue sticks from his pupils.
He tells them the items now belong to him because he "discovered" them. The reaction is exactly what
Morgan expects: The kids get angry and want their things back.
I Was a Boy, America Was a Better Place. When I was a boy, the purpose of American history
textbooks was to teach American history. Today, the purpose of most American history texts is to make
minorities and females feel good about themselves. As a result, American kids today are deprived of the
opportunity to feel good about being American (not to mention deprived of historical truth). They are
encouraged to feel pride about all identities — African-American, Hispanic, Asian, female,
gay — other than American.
English Professors Are Detached From
Reality. It's official: you spend tens of thousands of dollars to send your kids to
college. In return, the colleges turn out graduates who are more ignorant than when they enrolled.
According to a recent report from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, seniors at Yale, Berkeley, Johns Hopkins,
and several other top schools actually know less about American history and government than entering freshmen.
Indoctrinate U: A Must See Movie!
Shouldn't universities be promoting different thoughts and viewpoints, encouraging diverse discussion and
debate? Does this homogeneous, narrow-minded, intolerant brainwashing that's happening all over American
campuses perk your interest?
School Name Swap Favors
Socialist. A former school official in San Antonio wants to change the name of an
elementary school from one with Confederate connotations to one with socialist ones because the
former is racist, reports the San Antonio Express-News. Former Harlandale Independent School
District administrator Nick Calzoncit … says he evaluated all the schools in San Antonio named
after racists and bigots and singled out Stonewall as the worst. He wants the school name
changed to Cesar Chavez Elementary.
Academic Inbreeding. By
practicing the craft of tracing history that they themselves reject, we can see how we get the
revisionist historians who, for better or worse, mostly the latter, now dominate academia.
lesson in how schools are named: In Berkeley, Calif., the community at
Thomas Jefferson Elementary School has been debating whether to change the name because
Jefferson was a slave owner, a motivation that has sparked other school name changes
across the country.
History Rewritten: "Remember the Alamo" toned down to avoid alienating Mexican
students. "School administrators say they … fear that rampant pride will alienate
the growing Mexican student population in their midst."
Why Is the Government Printing
Textbooks? Parents of high school students would be well advised to look
at "We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution", a book that is the federally mandated
text for what these students learn about the founding and fundamental principles of this
nation. When you [read this book], you will discover that the "self-evident truths" of the
Declaration of Independence have been magically transformed into mere "ideas" from the
Textbooks: "Where the Curriculum
Meets the Child". With the shift to presenting history from a multicultural point
of view — where all cultures and values, including American, are treated as equally
valid — history textbooks that present U.S. history to students in a positive framework
are becoming less and less common. When combined with "dumbing down" on writing and skimping
on content, the quality of U.S. and world history textbooks has become an issue of major concern
to many Americans.
on Arabs removes blunder. An Indian tribe has forced distributors of an
Arab studies guide for U.S. teachers to remove an inaccurate passage that says Muslim
explorers preceded Christopher Columbus to North America and became Algonquin
chiefs. A report that is critical of "Arab World Studies Notebook" says, "One can
only wonder if this has ever been questioned by the teachers who use its materials, or if
they feel they must agree to any claim made by Muslims as an 'alternative perspective' or
risk being labeled insensitive, Eurocentric, or racist."
Just another day in the life of
freedom: The United States, as every child educated in a public school knows, is guilty of
terrible sins against minorities, women and the Third World. When these kids reach college, they are
taught even more tendentious nonsense about the rest of the world — about how peace loving and
benevolent other nations are compared with us.
Twisted history: One
of the reasons our children do not measure up academically to children in other countries is that so much time
is spent in American classrooms twisting our history for ideological purposes.
California Offers Textbook Case of Political
Correctness: A textbook review process in California has changed or eliminated references to
everything from the Founding Fathers to hot dogs, leaving many to charge the state with distorting history
in the name of political correctness.
dropped from England's history syllabus. Britain's World War II prime minister
Winston Churchill has been cut from a list of key historical figures recommended for teaching
in English secondary schools, a government agency says. The radical overhaul of the
school curriculum for 11- to 14-year-olds is designed to bring secondary education up to date
and allow teachers more flexibility in the subjects they teach, the Government said.
Communities Continue To Be Naïve About Ruthless Dictators: Many college
professors and left leaning students will quickly denounce the United States as a greater
danger to world peace but will often ignore ruthless dictators like Castro and Saddam
Hussein. This has been especially the case during the last week when we have observed
war protests around the country.
Kill the white
man? Writing in the current edition of Harvard Magazine, Noel Ignatiev, a Harvard fellow
and Marxist activist, argues that "abolishing the white race" (give or take a few murders, of course)
"is desirable" because it would rectify the overt discrimination of the past.
The Jay Bennish Subsection
The assault on
American youth. The last Global Geographic Literacy Survey, assessing the geographic
knowledge of 18-24-year-olds in nine different countries … found, for example, that only 17 percent
of young Americans could locate Afghanistan on a map; 29 percent could not correctly identify the
Pacific Ocean; and 11 percent were unable to find the continental United States. If high-school
geography classrooms around the United States are anything like that run by "teacher" Jay Bennish, at
Overland High School in Aurora, Colorado, the results are understandable.
Teacher rebuked for Bush
diatribe. High school teacher Jay Bennish will return to the classroom Monday [3/13/2006] after
receiving a rebuke from his school district for delivering a highly charged political lecture during an honors
teacher typifies a union bent on indoctrination. All right, grab your Rand McNally World Atlas
and open it to the "Map of the United States as Nazi Germany." It's on the border of "George W.
Bush is Eerily Like Hitler." At least it is in the classroom of Jay Bennish, the Denver high school
geography teacher who is on paid leave because he couldn't find it in himself to just teach his subject.
end to Bennish affair. Bennish's return to school Monday ought to trouble district parents, in
part because it isn't clear that he really intends to change his ways. "Jay Bennish has promise as a
teacher," Superintendent Monte Moses said in a two-page statement, "but his practice and deportment need
growth and refinement." Yes, that's one way of putting it. And how will Cherry Creek ensure
his "growth and refinement"? The public doesn't know because the district won't say,
citing confidentiality in personnel matters.
Jay Bennish and
1973. The debate about Jay Bennish, the Colorado high school teacher who confused a diatribe
against the Bush administration with a lesson in geography, is not about free speech, but about the
meltdown of Western civilization.
Fire Bennish for His Moral and
Historical Ignorance. The righteous indignation against the classroom activism of Jay Bennish
has thus far centered on the inappropriateness of such remarks, the obvious left-wing slant of Bennish and
his desire to proselytize, and the clear violation of district policy. All these considerations make
a slam-dunk case for getting rid of Bennish quickly, and the school district's plodding attempts to decide
what to do simply show how bureaucratic, union-driven, unfocused, and cowardly the regular public school
system has become.
indoctrination update. It's academic and intellectual dishonesty when a teacher,
who is supposed to be teaching geography, uses his classroom to indoctrinate relatively uninformed
teenagers. Recording the teacher's comments broke neither school policy nor Colorado law. But more
importantly, I believe that what teachers say in class should be subject to parental and public scrutiny.
We hope the preacher-teacher learned his
lesson. He admitted no wrongdoing for giving an argumentative classroom lecture
in which he referred to "eerie similarities" between things said by Adolf Hitler and President
Bush. … He wouldn't discuss how he will do things differently when he comes back from
paid administrative leave.
Paid Speech in our
Classrooms. Apparently, it's acceptable in the Cherry Creek School District for a geography
teacher to use 20 minutes of class time for a left wing, fanatically whacko, socialist diatribe,
providing he has made arrangements for Ann Coulter to tell the class what she thinks of
communism. Isn't public education great? Here's a better idea. Spend the
forty minutes in geography class teaching kids about geography.
Teacher's anti-U.S. diatribe
caught on tape. A high school teacher caught by a student on audiotape in an anti-U.S. and
anti-capitalism diatribe was placed on administrative leave after the recording was made public.
[That's his biggest problem. A lot of controversies fade away quickly, disappear from the
news media, and are easily forgotten. But not if there's a recording of the incident. Of
course, if there was videotape, we'd never see the end of it.]
Bennish, Colorado Teacher, Caught in Liberal Indoctrination Scandal. A collection of links to
news articles about this incident.
Michelle Malkin has a transcript of
"the whole, crazy screed."
brainwashing: Governor Bill Owens of Colorado has cut through the cant about "free
speech" and come to the defense of a 16-year-old high school student who tape-recorded his geography
teacher using class time to rant against President Bush and compare him to Hitler. The teacher's
lawyer talks about First Amendment rights to free speech but free speech has never meant speech free of
Lauer sets his audience up for ignorance. The mainstream media positioned this
story as a teacher who was disciplined, because, after listening to the president's State of
the Union speech, he said Bush sounds a lot like Hitler. Unfortunately, the mainstream
media failed to report the fact that on February 1st, while addressing his high school
geography class, Jay Bennish sounded a lot like Osama Bin Laden.