6 Oct

Obama & Ayers: Education = activism for social injustice

                                       

The Chicago Annenberg Challenge was supposed to be all about educational reform. The original funds from Annenberg were $50-60 mil. With ensuing fundraising efforts, that tally ended at approx $160 mil. However over $100 mil of that went to political purposes via community organizing and campaigns for LSC friendly candidates that Ayers/Obama supported for educational reform in Chicago schools.

Since Ayers and Obama teamed up for educational reform, just what kind of “reform” (which ended in failure) was Obama helping Ayers attempt to achieve?

For that we dig back to a 2006 interview between William Ayers, and Venezuelan socialist Luis Bonilla-Molina, founder of the Centro Internacional Miranda (CIM). HotAir’s Ed Morrissey posted one of the 12 Ayers videos included in this collection back in August of this year. He also noted the interview took place with the Che portrait hanging in the background… oddly appropriate.

In Ed’s piece, he chose the one where Ayers discussed how the Weather Underground was a “great teaching moment”. You can read Ed’s thoughts at the link above.

I, however, found the last two videos of Ayers’ interview far more revealing about Ayers’ vision of the future for US public schools. Since Ayers and Obama share a common vision, and Obama minces his words about his educational reform to cater to a nation who doesn’t cotton to outright socialist/Marxist ideals, perhaps Ayers can verbalize what Obama dances around.

Below, Part 11’s video

In the above video, Ayers moves to his criticism of the US public school system. He states the system is “under attack”… and that it is obsessed with a singular metric measure of success… something he defines as too “narrow” a test for intelligence.

Ayers describes how the system is relentless, attempting to measure student against student, and how zero tolerance led to the exclusion of many.

He bashes what he calls “market metaphors” used in education… pushing the “ownership society” and “excellence”. And calls No Child Left behind a “lovely mask” for a “vicious policy”.

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Wow… lots of words there. To the layman, perhaps they sound innocent. But just what is Ayers attempting to accomplish in our schools? Homogenous mediocre.

So what is this No Child Left Behind? The simple goal – however ineptly executed since (another battle for another day…) – is that *all* children will be proficient in English language and math by the year 2014. Despite all the partisan sniping at a bill which did something… which is far more than previous Congresses have done… the premise of the bill still remains a bipartisan goal.

The ability to read and write is not a measure of intelligence, as Ayers seems to allude. It is providing a youth with the basic tools to function in the American society as an productive adult. It is not an IQ test, nor should it be construed as a student’s limitations. However without the ability to add, and communicate in our society, a newly emerging adult is limited in their future success.

Ayers’ reference to zero tolerance, certainly a worthy topic of debate under normal circumstances, strikes me as odd. Led to the “exclusion of many”??

Or did it just led to the exclusion of those who violated the school policy of drugs, violence or firearms?

Now I’m not an “either/or” kind or person in discipline issues. I don’t think there is one punishment fits all. But then, schools today are very different than when I attended. Violence and gangs are all too prevalent, and these school massacres are just unacceptable. Students threatening teachers, unable to defend themselves or discipline students, is also unacceptable.

However Ayers’ extreme view that it leads to “exclusion” is also overstated. So this controversial issue I’ll leave as not one of the major bones of contention with Ayers’ educational visions.

But the next point about Ayers’ educational philosphy is the one I deem most dangerous… and that is to eliminate competition between students, deemphasize the “ownership society” and demean “excellence”. In an Ayers’ world, all are equal. There is no “excellence”, no drive for “ownership” as a reward fro that excellence. It is all that we can be, and what we can achieve that lights ambition.

If we remove competition, we remove ambition. If we remove ambition, we remove excellence. When we remove excellence, we become a homogeneous society of mediocrity. We become socialists/Marxists.

No thank you….

Ayers video Part 12

A few minutes into this video, and that dangerous homogeneous mediocrity finds it’s roots. Ayers pays homage to Rosa Luxemburg – co-founder of the Communist Party of Germany in 1919.

I’ll make it easy for you Wiki fans, and provide the link for you here… since I know you’ll race there first.

Luxemburg was credited by many for giving socialism a human face. She was certainly controversial… often battling different factions of socialism and Marxism. And certainly, an early feminist.

But despite internal socialist battles, Luxemburg always had one constant enemy.. a capitalist society.

Ayers uses a Luxemburg quote from her prison writings when giving his advice to Venezuelan teachers…. that it can be very satisfying to make a difference. He agrees with Luxemburg that teachers should also be activists – that they can and should be in the forefront of reform for social injustice.

Today the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation still keeps it’s focus on reform thru political education.

The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation is committed to instigating, promoting and supporting political education. Its primary task is to offer people the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities that enable them to participate in the search for alternatives to the status quo. It encourages people to get involved in politics and provides them with resources to do so more effectively.

To this end the Foundation plans and organises opportunities for political learning that offer interested parties the chance to experience growing competence and confidence in their personal relationship to politics. It focuses on providing hand tools for political activities as well as improving methodological and didactic qualifications; this approach includes translating latest research results in the social sciences into educational offers of practical relevance.

On another level, the Foundation arranges and provides counselling in adult political education processes directed at professional and volunteer mediators of education in and outside of schools. It also provides relevant literature and other types of support for events organised by third parties.

This is the woman Bill Ayers admires. He patterns his modern day activism after Luxemburg’s doctrine of teachers as activists for reform. To mold the minds of our youth is to achieve a peaceful revolution for the future. And what is his “reform”? Undisguised socialism…

And who was his partner in educational reform in Chicago? A hand picked newbie in the Chicago political machine, Barack Obama. A man, and a wife, who peppers their speeches with phrases from Saul Alinsky. Now, remember where William Ayers – Obama’s partner in Chicago educational reform – comes from on indoctrination of America’s youth.

Now reread educational goals – Obama style…

Invest in early childhood education and higher education

Fight for social & economic justice begins in the classroom

Merit pay ok if based on career instead of a single test

Evolution & science aren’t incompatible with Christian faith

Children’s First Agenda: zero to five early education

Put billions of dollars into early childhood education

Need after-school and summer programs with good parenting

Sex education needed to help children discuss molestation

Any familiar phrasing and ideology? ala fighting “social injustice”? This is done, of course, via political education in schools. Obama’s advocating getting a hold of America’s youth at the earliest of ages, focusing on putting billions in early childhood education. And just what would these public schools teach our children at these impressionable ages?

With a H/T for this reminder from commenter, Ketchikan… perhaps you’ll notice something familiar in the background that ties all this together nicely.

Below photo is from one of Obama’s campaign headquarters in Houston

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If Obama wants the endorsement of any free thinking parent in this nation, he’d better spend his last 29 days throwing William Ayers and the Chicago Annenberg Challenge under the bus with the rest of his radical buddies…

About MataHarley

Vietnam era Navy wife, indy/conservative, and an official California escapee now residing as a red speck in the sea of Oregon blue.
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22 Responses to Obama & Ayers: Education = activism for social injustice

  1. The Obama/Ayers project is nothing but socialist social engineering gone wild.

    Did any of the kids subjected to this crap learn to read faster? Did they do better at Math?

    What Obama reveals here is that he believes the focus of education should be left wing brainwashing.

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  2. Craig says: 2

    Mata, this is horrible. It reminds me of the brainwashing of Palestinian children. Obama do not want a socialist country, he wants a communist country and he will succeed having one if he is elected. Gotta stop this guy. His HATE for your capitalist country is so HUDGE, that he is willing to do anything to get elected and then turn it into a communist country. If you people do not see this… you are blind, very blind, completely blind. It si so clear and obvious for an outsider like me. For Americans it is harder to see it because you are proud of your country and cannot imagine it becoming like Russia. But I’m telling you, you better watch out, because this is what will happen. Obama has got the naives like Doug, Fit Fit and Dave in his pocket… he fooled them all the way. WAKE UP AMERICA IF YOU WANT TO STAY NO.1

    STOP Obama before it is too late! Please! I would hate to have as a neighbour a communist country.

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  3. ketchikan says: 3

    Remember those pictures of Obama campaign headquarters in Texas where the flag with Che on it was hanging on the wall? Many of Obama supporters think his alliances with the likes of Ayers and Wright are nothing out of the norm.

    Some Obama actions that by themselves would not be of concern are now viewed as more significant in light of what we are learning. Such as the flag pin excuse and not putting his hand over his heart during the national anthem.

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  4. Craig says: 4

    You know what? Here in Quebec, our stupid leftists government tried a bit of this in Education.

    They started by saying that no kid should feel inferior. So they abolished the special classes. We had 3 kinds of classes. The smart kids, the medium kids and the slow learning kids and every thing was just fine. But they mixed them together since 10 years… and guess what? It is a monumental fiasco. Kids drops out of school not even finishing high school. We have the highest record of dropouts in Canada. Brillant kids gets bored in those classes, so they leave. Universities lowered their standards for inscription and pupils and teachers can’t even write good french… a mistake every two lines… a real disgrace. Teachers leaves also for other countries where they are paid higher salaries and get better working conditions. It is a complete mess. You do not need this, believe me.

    P.S.: I cannot blog anymore in Québec, they are all leftists blogs, this is why I blog here with you. There is only one right wing blog in Québec called the Antagonist… but lately, leftists bloggers invaded it and it was getting so frustrating, that I stopped posting there. Anyways, I’m glad to be with you and it gives me a chance to practice my english.
    And guess what? They are all cheering for stupid lefty ObamArafat.

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  5. MataHarley says: 5

    Ketchikan, thank you for that reminder. Forgot all about that. It was worthy of adding to the post above at the bottom, with a H/T to you!

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  6. Personally, I like a bigger photo. I wouldn’t want folks to have to put on their glasses to see this:

    These are the REAL Obamatons.

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  7. Might as well toss this photo in too. Here’s Obama’s buddy Ayers tramping on an American flag in an article that was published on September 11th 2001 while New York, Washington and that field in Pennsylvania were burning:

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  13. Jeff Tyler says: 8

    Of all the Obama’s shady associates Bill Ayers probably matters the most, because he is the key to understanding the agenda of the camp Obama represents and the the means they are going to use to achieve their goals. Once Obama gives education to Ayers and his followers, the next generation of American kids will be conditioned to believe in the same ideas that drove Ayers to bomb the Pentagon. And then American parents will start hearing questions like this one.

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  20. I was just thinking about Obama & Ayers: Education = activism for social injustice and you’ve really helped out. Thanks!

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  22. MATA, hi, what an important post to bring back into today the 14 JUNE 2011,
    where you can see already the DEGENERATION OF THOUGHTS in the learning system of schools,
    so sad to notice that generation think alike, to come here to deny and try to expose the wrong in the CONSERVATIVES VIEWS, and all of them, one by one reeducates strongly by our group
    with the real knowledge, that confuse their learned views of reality in their schools,
    It’s a repetition of quote on each of them, showing they have pick up the same socialist idea of
    what they are led to beleive, and what is being shown to rhem here is contradicting to them, while they try miserably to defend what has been told to them, SOME come back and progressively change their vision, but It’s till too few of them, to make the resistance to what is mentaly fed at their school

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