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Why Your Kids Hate America - Indoctrination, Colorado Style ^ | May 27, 2002 | William A. Mayer - Editor & Publisher

Posted on 05/28/2002 7:15:55 AM PDT by johnqueuepublic

~ Why Your Kids Hate America - Indoctrination, Colorado Style ~

By William A. Mayer - Editor & Publisher

May 27, 2002

For the last 30 or so years many people have questioned the direction that education, especially public education, has taken.

Low test scores, increasing violence, querulous teachers looking out only for their next salary increase are all often cited as problems, and indeed they are.

But consider an even more far reaching, potentially fatal development - a substantial number of U.S. citizens actually hate America and the culture that it represents.

Now, we are not talking twisted Middle Eastern fanatics here - for whom hating America is an article of faith - but rather, supposedly main-stream middle and upper class citizens whose perspective is one of detestation of what this country is all about.

We all know these people exist; they grow - seemingly in the most inhospitable of places - much like noxious weeds pushing up through cracks in a sidewalk.

Some of them, as judged by outward appearances, are among the best and brightest of us, they are intelligent, educated, well spoken, good looking go-getters.

It is from these ranks that our media elites are drawn.

Where do they come from?

Is this some anomaly like a recessive gene, a bad seed that yields bitter apples?


My guess is that we manufacture them, in little factories.

My job here as editor is to weave together whatever is going on in our society in such a way as to be comprehensible, consistent with our editorial perspective.

As a result I spend a great deal of time talking to people, reading all manner of things and spending an ever increasing amount of time on the ‘Net.

During one of those meandering forays I recently came across the website of a relatively small school district in what would seem a thoroughly bucolic area of Colorado, Roaring Fork – it even sounds like a wholesome and healthy place to live and bring up kids.

As they describe themselves.

“The Roaring Fork School District is located in a beautiful mountain valley setting approximately 150 miles west of Denver and 50 miles north of Aspen. The District is composed of five elementary schools, three middle schools, and three high schools along with a charter school on two campuses, an alternative school, and a Career Center. These facilities are located in the three communities of Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt.”

Talk about bedrock.

But looks and first impressions can be, and often are, deceiving - this one proves to be no exception.

Further examination - made possible by very complete online lesson plans and suggested reading materials – revealed a veritable hate factory disguised as a school district – a school district employing approximately 640 full and part time instructors and support personnel, with an extremely enviable student to teacher ratio of approximately 11:1.

Let’s delve a bit into the ninth grade civics/social studies course syllabus, keeping in mind that these are 14 and 15 year old freshmen with - as a certain national commentator is want to characterize - “young skulls full of mush.”

How now Mao

Chairman Mao’s 1966 Cultural revolution produced at least 30,000,000 deaths, untold hardship for hundreds of millions more and was a key factor in our huge loss of life in the Vietnam war; the North Vietnamese effort having been underwritten by the Chinese communist government in Beijing. The following is the lead in and part of the conclusion by a Yale college type, which is presented as fact and offered to these impressionable students:

“…In order to establish how Chinese democracy was changed during this upheaval, it first of all had to be determined how far Chinese democracy was in place before the Cultural Revolution…Hence this essay sets out to explore how far the theoretical model of Chinese democracy was in place by 1966…Did China have democracy? Certainly it did not have a Western model, which begs the question: what of Chinese democracy? China attempted to attain economic equality for all, resulting in the executive amassing power beyond that which the system stipulated. However, Lenin said that one party should become the vanguard party and be able to act on behalf of the proletariat. Thus it should not have mattered how much power the CCP had as long as they were acting in the interests of the people…Does this fact constitute a "greater good" and thus constitute democracy? Possibly, as after all, China is a communist country based on a proletariat and peasant dictatorship.”

It is hard to find an explanation, outside of intentional misrepresentation, in these words. That they would be used to characterize and soft-peddle Mao's institutionalized mechanism of state murder sets the tone for most of the content in these lesson plan suggestions.

Laboring to obfuscate

“In the post World War II economic milieu patriotic restraint burst into a period of "strike-frenzy". A Republican dominated Congress (over Democrat Truman's veto) passed the Taft-Hartley Act in 1947. In the lexicon of hated labor terminology Taft-Hartely is given special dispensation and allowed to pass all the other letters to the front of the list. Government could now intervene in strikes and put limits on some of the most potent weapons of labor confrontations.”

Note the gratuitous digs at the Republican party, which had – as much of America had – grave questions about radicalized labor unions being able to shut down basic industries at the height of the Korean War and on into to the Cold War.

“America at the beginning of the 20th century. While we alleged that we were a political democracy, it seemed that those basic civil rights did not carry over into the economic arena. Workers were exploited and government intervened to limit their freedom of expression and protest. The struggle for worker democracy was crucial to the establishment of organized labor…Unlike their European counterparts, the American labor movement primarily focused on economic issues and avoided radical politics.”

Reddish tinted prose is operative throughout.

Skipping ahead lets look at politics in the land of radical Islamic superpowers.

“The United States and Iran: The Allocation of Weapon Systems as an Imperialist Tool to Protect Capitalist Interest”

The title pretty much says it all. Included in the body of the piece a generous caveat that the content in the essay is suitable for students as young as 7th grade – the source? The Yale-NewHaven Teachers Institute.

Moving to more recent history we uncover the slant on the Iran Contra incident:

“Documents related to the Iran-Contra Affair Documents selected to put the Iran-Contra Affair in the worst possible light. It alleged that the Contras and possibly the C.I.A were running cocaine into the United States to raise funds.”

Is the “worst possible light” wording sufficient to offset the pro-communist anti-American slant of the documents attached – especially since we are talking 9th graders here again – I think not.

The fact that many of the documents came out of Democrat Senator John Kerry’s hysterical “investigation” - a politically motivated attack on Ronald Reagan and one championed by eccentric California Congresswoman Maxine Waters - is not at all surprising.

Some additional suggested topics.

“Gender and race based schooling” – a defense of making determinations based on color and gender as opposed to achievement.

“An Internment Experience" – a whitewash of Japanese “deprivation” at the hands of America after Pearl Harbor.

Cold war gets cold shoulder

“The Hollywood Blacklist The work of HUAC probably destroyed 10 careers for every threat to American society. It was a time for ambitious young politicians to seize the public spotlight by becoming a "Commie Hunter." Such politicians included Richard Nixon, Jack and Bobby Kennedy, and Lyndon Baines Johnson.” - you can tell the truly radical sites when even the Democrat enablers of socialism are tarred as being too conservative. Of special interest is the commentary by - “a 16-year old Russian emigrant as a very personal project. He did solid research into the causes of the cold war and the goals and methodology of Senator Joe Mc Carthy.”

Yes the Soviet experience, leavened with a 16-year-old’s wisdom, brings true perspective to an examination of this topic.


“Brotherhood of the Bomb” – poignant contrast between the sensitive [very likely Soviet agent] Robert Oppenheimer and the less than sensitive Edward Teller who took issue with Robert’s Soviet sympathies.

“Law and discipline in the classroom” – A primer for future ACLU types - lets not even go there.

I have been in email contact with one of the eighth grade teachers and this is what he has to say, in part:

“…Though you might disagree with this approach, I choose to present all sides and let the students decide for themselves who was right and who was wrong. We discuss Japanese atrocities, but it would be unfair to ignore Wounded Knee. Yes, we teach Marxism, as well as all other forms of government... Please don't worry that I am presenting all sides of the story. I would hate for the children to encounter someone of your one-sided views and not be able to discuss things maturely with actual historical data…”

Aside from Mr. Lefty's little temper tantrum at even being questioned, this might sound like a reasonable approach except for the fact that the majority of the links offer nothing but left wing lies, what 8th grader is mentally prepared to separate the wheat from the intent to indoctrinate?

The “let the students decide” approach works well at the college level, say in a selected problems in contemporary politics honor’s seminar, where something can be examined in exhaustive detail by bright motivated adult students with a PHD at the helm.

Leaving kids to “make up their minds” on such things is irresponsible, because it is an abdication of teaching responsibly, which presupposes both the ability as well as the intention of imparting knowledge.

It is akin to turning kids loose in chemistry class with formulas for explosives.

It also reeks of the whole disgusting multicultural/diversity-at-all-costs/moral relativism game which really are code words for beating up on Western European achievement, plain and simple.

Just to help frame the setting, we also did a bit of checking on the test scores in this district – maybe this system of self-instruction at least produces high levels of technical skills.

Unfortunately, the high school scores on the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) were, for some reason, not available online but the middle school scores were. Not so surprisingly, in reading and writing ,the average level of competency is less than 50% - hovering at approximately 47% overall and this with a vaunted 11:1 student teacher ratio – so much for the concept that "self instruction" is effective - so much for the concept that more teachers build better students.

More to the point, we are being asked, if we are to give any credence to the above teachers approach, to believe that students who can barely read and write have the intellectual tools to discern carefully crafted lies from the truth when the lies are given such prominence?

If you believe that - you, ladies and gentlemen - have more faith in this process than do I.

If you have watched the evening network news for any extended period of time, you know the tired threesome – Peter, Dan & Tom – you may have noticed a certain attitude – an emphasis on things vaguely and sometimes not so vaguely dismissive of traditional America; its core values, the overriding cultural imperatives produced by the inexorable power of Western political thought.

Maybe I’m getting old, maybe you just caught me at my softhearted worst, I don’t know – but maybe it’s not all their fault.

Maybe it’s not their fault that 90% of them vote for quack fakirs who use elective office to undermine everything from individual liberties to the war against terror – maybe it’s not their fault – maybe, just maybe, they too graduated from one of these anti-American madrases and never had a chance.

© 2002 PipeBombNews, all rights reserved.

TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: bias; education; educationnews; indoctrination; publicschool
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These children are being turned into little hatemongers by leftwing teachers and their pals in the Ivy League colleges
1 posted on 05/28/2002 7:15:56 AM PDT by johnqueuepublic
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To: johnqueuepublic
Sad that kids have to undergo the indoctrinating at the hands of leftists. Kids inherently abhor socialism and equal outcomes - they understand and expect higher payoff for harder work. If you doubt this, ask any school child who has just received a grade for a research project recently completed the following,

"do you think the child who failed to even turn in a report should receive a B on this project?"

2 posted on 05/28/2002 7:29:50 AM PDT by Sgt_Schultze
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To: johnqueuepublic
I believe what you post here is definitely not exaggerated.

An example from my area are a group of foreign-born parents who discourage their children from acquiring American ideals. This group are all college-educated and working; their kids go to private school even though the public high school has a 95% 4-year college acceptance record. The real stinger is that all of these foreign parents have become American citizens--why? In order to vote. Not an American flag near that house, even on Memorial Day. Americans are arrogant. The Fourth of July is not a celebration. The kids will automatically vote Democrat when they go off to Berkeley or Harvard because their role models impressed on them from day 1 that captialists are bad.

3 posted on 05/28/2002 7:31:51 AM PDT by LurkedLongEnough
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To: All
I believe this is the rot within, and the underlying main problem America has today. Our kids are taken by the schools, graduate to college where the "hate America first" crew teaches the tools of the trade. They are everything the author says, smart, good looking, physical excellence, all of it. The element missing? GOD!! God has been taken out of everything, and now, when we desperately need all Patriots to come forth, they are few and far between..Love America?? They hate it. My heart cries out!
4 posted on 05/28/2002 7:39:48 AM PDT by cousair
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To: johnqueuepublic
I appreciate the information you included in this piece. All three of my boys are very conservative and often get into major debates with their high school and college teachers. Other students comment on how they never knew the other side of the debate. I hope everyone with teenagers encourages them to share their conservative views with teachers and friends.

There are consequences for speaking out, but my boys say it's worth it. At UCLA in a sociology class my son's prof wouldn't even read his paper and gave him a C because he didn't agree with his opening sentence. When Tim went to the administration all they would do was make the prof read it. They wouldn't make him reconsider the grad.

5 posted on 05/28/2002 7:42:10 AM PDT by Angel
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To: Angel
I once was handed a paper back to me by a prof. with a note on it... "too conservative, do again."

I gave it back to him and told him I will not do it again. Got a C.

6 posted on 05/28/2002 7:45:27 AM PDT by Phantom Lord
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To: johnqueuepublic
Enthralled by Cultural Marxism
7 posted on 05/28/2002 8:23:47 AM PDT by Ben Ficklin
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To: johnqueuepublic
Remember also the INS is importing third world trash without American values, and no real stake in the United States except for the few bucks they can send back to Burittoville.

All this hypertolerance is eroding the resolve, patriotism and civic responsibility that we need to win the so-called war on terrorism.

The INS is Al Quada's best friend and ally. Time to shut them down and send the employees to Gitmo.

8 posted on 05/28/2002 8:45:43 AM PDT by rageaholic
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To: LurkedLongEnough
Yes, there is a clear line between the teachers unions, the Ivy League hate America boiler rooms and the development of lesson plans intended to indoctrinate.
9 posted on 05/28/2002 9:12:46 AM PDT by johnqueuepublic
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To: cousair
A little God never hurt anyone!
10 posted on 05/28/2002 9:13:31 AM PDT by johnqueuepublic
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To: Angel
I just posted the story, I didnt write it, but I totally agree with its conclusion, I did a google search and found the lesson plans at the school site, its unbelievable!
11 posted on 05/28/2002 9:14:55 AM PDT by johnqueuepublic
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To: johnqueuepublic
My son is a ninth-grader in government class in public H.S. He calls the class "liberal class" and is learning of the "fairness of socialism" and how well it is working in Europe. After describing the values of a conservative, several kids asked if conservatives were a bunch of racists. The teacher's response was "that's just what they believe". There was also sufficient whining about the Bush/Gore election and how unfair it was and how with the electoral college "our votes don't even count". My son said "Its like the teacher says it's not worth it to vote". The school's description of the class says the class teaches the student how to be a good American citizen. I'm prepared to take them on but I'm not sure how successful I'll be. On another note, I'm new but have followed and read for about a year. Enjoyed it and learned a lot.
12 posted on 05/28/2002 10:14:39 AM PDT by OldBlondBabe
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To: *Education News
Bump to Index
13 posted on 05/28/2002 10:17:57 AM PDT by Free the USA
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To: cousair
My heart cries out!

My son will be a high school junior next fall. Whatever liberal crap he learns during the school year, I dutifully help him unlearn .

He occasionally brings up controversial things he hears in class and we debate the issues. I've taught him to think for himself and doubt everything he sees in print.

I've done my duty as a parent. Why don't those lazy couch potatoes do the same??

14 posted on 05/28/2002 11:59:23 AM PDT by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
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To: Angel
I once turned in a conservative "liberalism is the source of all ills" paper to a lesbian teacher. She said I was a good writer and gave me an "A". I had all "A's" in the class and was exempted from the final. Go figure.
15 posted on 05/28/2002 12:04:36 PM PDT by FreeTally
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To: cousair
God didn't teach me to love capitalism. Ayn Rand did.
16 posted on 05/28/2002 12:09:32 PM PDT by thmiley
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To: rageaholic
Hey, hey. Easy with the third world trash and Burritoville comments. My former roommate is from Argentina. Her work ethic far exceeds many of those who were born here. Those third world folks "without American values" are picking the vegetables on your dinner table because most American's wouldn’t stoop to such menial tasks. Without them, you’d be paying $10 for a head of lettuce. Yes, the INS stinks but don’t bad mouth ALL the people they let into this country.
17 posted on 05/28/2002 1:04:41 PM PDT by neefer
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To: johnqueuepublic
I am not surprised by this article. I'm sure this is going on all over the country. Even well-meaning teachers are overwhelmed by the propaganda and end up indoctrinating the students, though they may not have intended to. This is most obvious with the eco-terrorist movement.

While my kids go to private Christian school, we ALL have a vested interest in the public education of children in this country. We can no longer sit back and only complain about condom distribution and gay lifestyle classes. We need to expose the methodical, devious and deliberate dumbing down and indoctrination of children in history, literature, and environmentalism. It is up to us to stop it, because these are the children who will be running our country, becoming cops, firemen and teachers; they will be building our roads, building our homes, writing the news, writing books. Our children will be dependent on these children for something in their lives, and we can't let 90% of the school children in the world be mentally and emotionally damaged or destroyed simply because it's too big a fight, or our children are "safe" because they go to private school, or they are grown up. What about your grandchildren? Future grandchildren?

It is up to us. On every level, we need to combat these America-haters and bring to the public attention what they are doing to our children.

18 posted on 05/28/2002 1:47:18 PM PDT by Gophack
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To: thmiley
Perhaps, but God likes capitalism. Read Matthew 20:1-16, the Parable of Workers in the Vineyard.
19 posted on 05/28/2002 1:50:34 PM PDT by Gophack
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To: neefer
Argentina is not the Third World; Argentina is 95% Euro descended. However, I will give you that many people from other parts of Latin America are good, honest people. That fact is irrelevant to the immigration issues.

As for the article itself, anyone who is interested in Cultural Marxism (which sounds like what is being taught in the school in question) need only research the roots of this ideology. Put "Frankfurt School" and "political correctness" into a search engine and prepare to learn of the virus that is destroying Western Civilization.

20 posted on 05/28/2002 2:41:25 PM PDT by Phillip Augustus
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