It is often observed that the public schools are entirely run by leftists. Fortunately, this is not entirely true, and likely not even mostly true, but that’s not for a lack of trying, as Campus Reform.org reports:
The Young Democratic Socialists of America organization is urging socialists to “take jobs as teachers” in order to exploit the ‘political, economic, and social potential the industry holds.’
‘Why Socialists Should Become Teachers,’ an 11-page pamphlet crafted jointly by YDSA and the Democratic Socialist Labor Commission, contends that education is ‘a strategic industry to organize,’ and offers prospective socialist educators ‘a basic roadmap for how to get a job in education.
This is an old tactic. The left has always embraced a long march through our institutions, and understood that controlling the minds of the young is the key to future political power.
Socialists have a long history of involvement in the workplace,’ the booklet asserts, noting that while existing labor unions are imperfect from a socialist perspective, the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) organization believes it is now ‘in a position to develop a concerted, coordinated presence in unions, to help shape the militancy and political ideology of those unions, and ultimately to play a role in building working class power.’
Acknowledging that there are other industries in which ‘workers are far more oppressed,’ the document contends that education is nonetheless a “strategic” sector because it is so pervasive and heavily unionized that it can impact the ‘political and economic demands for the working class as a whole.
Ah yes. “The people.” They’re all for the welfare of the people, which is why “the people” of Venezuela are eating zoo animals, have no toilet paper and are on the socialist diet.
In addition, it argues that teachers can leverage their relationships with students and their families to engage in ‘campaigns around police brutality, immigrant rights, and environmental justice.’ [skip]
After briefly outlining some personal and professional reasons that socialists should consider a career in teaching, the pamphlet turns its attention to the question of ‘How to Become a Teacher,’ stating that while there are certain ‘barriers’ to entering the profession, these can be overcome.
“Barriers” like arrests and convictions for assault, destruction of property, rioting, terroristic threats, that sort of thing?
Teaching is proving to be one viable way for socialists to get into the labor movement and wage class struggle in a key industry that is under attack by capital,’ the pamphlet declares. ‘Teachers across the country and indeed the world have shown us that if we organize in the schools, we can not only win concessions from the millionaire and billionaire class, but can also set a powerful example for the entire working class to follow.
Margaret Thatcher was right. The trouble with socialism is you always run out of other people’s money–and their children.
And in this story, we find the inevitable consequences of the socialistic infiltration of our schools. Fox News reports:
A high school biology teacher is on administrative leave after she allegedly mocked a student for supporting President Trump and calling others ‘a bunch of Trumpies’ in Round Rock, Texas.
The incident occurred on the fifth day back from summer vacation, Aug. 22, at McNeil High School outside of Austin, according to district officials.
The bullied student’s mother claims the public school teacher said: ‘By the way, I hate Donald Trump with a burning passion and he is a complete douchebag.’
She told KHOU11 the instructor singled out her son for his conservative views and support for Trump’s tax plan, calling him ‘Trumpy’ instead of his name and saying things including ‘Hey, Trumpy, do you have an answer to this?’ or ‘What do you think, Trumpy?
We must always be cautious about such accusations. They’re easy to make, and once made, can do great damage to a teacher’s career and family, true or not. Sadly, my experience has taught such things are not nearly as rare as they should be.
At the end of the class, the mother said the teacher put one last insult against her son, mocking his beliefs: ‘Now, you’re not going to fight me when we start talking about evolution, are you?
The parents filed a complaint and the teacher has been removed from the classroom pending investigation, which is the appropriate thing to do only if there is substantial reason to believe the complaint will be substantiated.
I am a bit sensitive about such things as I was once accused of political bias. My alleged crime? In teaching a unit about the way the media manipulates public opinion–a state requirement–I provided a 40-minute lesson on the general political stances of Republicans and Democrats. Fortunately, my principal and superintendent understood I did nothing at all wrong, in part because they too understand teenagers tend to have no idea at all what Republicans or Democrats believe, or about political issues in general. The same is true of a surprising and dispiriting number of adults. Absent that kind of minimal understanding of the issues, any media unit would be essentially meaningless.
Sadly, in a school that was socialist controlled, this kind of alleged behavior would be considered professional conduct and best professional practice. Coming to a community near you?