Is to say that state-run
schools indoctrinate rather than educate simply "bias…without any basis in
the reality of managing a terribly complex institution beset with impossible
standards set by the state and feds?"
That comment was in response to a commentary critical of the leftist slant
of state schools, in which American history is poorly taught, if taught at
all; America is portrayed as villainous and students subjected to leftwing
Well, consider the following.
A Los Angeles Times reporter visited a middle-school "academy," supported
by tax dollars. At the time of his visit, most students were creating protest
Some were watching a video of Guatemala's civil war -- in which, the instructor
emphasized, America had aided the wrong side: "The U.S. supported the government
and they were our friends. We gave them weapons so they could kill their
The guerillas were heroes. "What's a guerrilla movement? People fighting
for change, right? For economic and political reforms, right? And they opposed
the military government." Much like those chaps who made Cuba a worker's
paradise 40-some years ago.
Later, the students picketed a Taco Bell with their homemade signs. "Taco
Bell is unfair. Please don't buy your tacos there," they shouted, picketing
because a farm worker rights organization had said Taco Bell underpays workers
who pick its tomatoes.
Squealed one of the teachers: "Social justice is kicking in!"
What understanding of the roots of our freedoms, our constitutional form
of government and the great men -- not only men, but white men! -- who created
our magnificent republic is being imparted here?
Perhaps the protest signs were well-written and skills being developed to
help write a good business letter or marketing report. But one wonders if
they will leave equipped even to fill out an employment application -- problematical,
if one talks to those who hire young people.
Steve Miller is a graduate of California's Santa Monica High School, at the
Sunshine State's liberal locus. In several articles for FrontPageMag.com
he detailed his experiences with state "education."
"My own U.S. history teacher instructed us that our nation's past fears about
Communism were unjustified; in fact, that capitalism had been a sinister
force in the world," he writes.
"The Mexican-American War (or, as it was referred to in class, the 'North
American invasion') was labeled a barbaric undertaking. We were told that
through America's history as a 'terrorist nation,' she brought upon herself
the sinister attacks of 9/11. Teachers compared this country to the worst
regimes in world history while excusing the atrocities of its enemies."
He continues, "…teachers handed out articles conveying a wide array of leftist
perspectives, but no article from a conservative point-of-view ever balanced
these sentiments. Students…were informed that the U.S. could be termed a
'fascist' country.… One teacher even called George W. Bush 'the son of the
devil,' and another claimed he was 'not a good Christian,' because of his
efforts in Iraq."
The student body was exposed to a plethora of leftwing, but no conservative, speakers.
When Miller and a friend asked that conservative intellectual David Horowitz
be invited to address the student body, the request was granted -- and rescinded
once administrators discovered that this particular David Horowitz was not
the popular consumer advocate.
Nine months later, and only after several appearances by Miller on local
talk radio, Horowitz spoke. The reaction to his talk was typical of leftists
unable to effectively debate articulate conservatives: He was verbally harassed,
shouted at and slandered. The program was video-taped, but Miller was denied
According to Miller, his conservative essays routinely received low grades
-- and lest you think this perhaps was due to his poor academic ability,
he presently is enrolled in prestigious Duke University.
Anyone who peruses news sources other than the mainline media knows that
examples of indoctrination passing for teaching, from grade school through
college, are without limit. It is worse in colleges and universities, where
conservative ideas, speech, and especially speakers, are stifled, often in
a heavy-handed way.
These young people will become the adults who will guide America. If we do
not want them guiding it over a cliff, we had best do something to pry them
from the grip of leftists. Home-schooling is a good alternative to state
schools. Private schools and vouchers are others.
But perhaps the best course would be the complete dismantling of our state-run
education system. It is not a train wreck waiting to happen -- this train
was derailed long ago.
Dennis Campbell is a freelance writer who regularly contributes to Internet and print publications.