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Sep 07 2012

Denver Public Schools Evaluate Leftist Brainwashing

By now most of us have noticed that moonbat bureaucrats cannot be trusted to run the government with anything even vaguely resembling efficiency, competence, or integrity. Yet we trust them to intrude beyond their area of supposed expertise by educating children. One result is a new system being implemented in Denver Public Schools to evaluate teachers:

In order to achieve a coveted “distinguished” rating, teachers at each grade level must show that they “encourage” students to “challenge and question the dominant culture” and “take social action to change/improve society or work for social justice.”

That is, teachers must show that they have been brainwashing children with hard left ideology — and when you hear the euphemism social justice, you know you are dealing with the very hard left. Another clue is that the teacher assessment system gets most of its money from leftist zillionaire Bill Gates’s pernicious foundation.

The term dominant culture refers to Caucasians, Christians, heterosexuals, and people who still believe in this country’s founding principles, which is why the phony rebelliousness being instilled does not appeal to libertarians.

Pam Benigno, the Director of Education Policy for the Independence Institute, a libertarian-leaning Colorado think tank, said she views the evaluation criteria as an abuse of power. …

“Half of the kids in DPS aren’t even reading at grade level, yet the school district wants to make them into little social activists,” Benigno said.

What do they need to read for? Public schools can install all the opinions they need to be dutiful statists, as well as train them to seek official approval by “rebelling” against counter-revolutionaries.

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Programming the next generation of Democrats.

On a tip from AC.

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  • StanInTexas

    The very same “educators” that want to “encourage” students to “challenge and question the dominant culture” and “take social action to change/improve society or work for social justice.” would absolutely LOSE THEIR MINDS if someone suggested allowing a voluntary Bible Study be allowed on campus.

    Apparently, there are differing levels of indoctrination that will be allowed.

  • Dr. 9

    A warning:

    “These are serious problems to most mortals, but for Obama, they are rich opportunities to expand the reach of Washington. The soaring debt is not soaring enough, so more treasure must be thrown into the bonfire of his vanities. It is a fire consuming the future under the guise of fairness.

    This is not mere class warfare. That’s just a tactic. The goal, as it always has been for his kind throughout history, is (to accumulate power that the elite can wield without accountability or checks and balances).

    Give Obama his due. We have not seen his like in our times. His charisma and political skills are unmatched. If only they were admirably used.

    Obama promised to unite the country and, his lie exposed, is now determined to win re-election by any means necessary. He may succeed. Beware, America. The wraps have come off. Obama is unbound and the delegates in the convention hall went home in full revolutionary spirit. They don’t want to unite America. They want to conquer it.

    Barack Obama did build that…” — Michael Goodwin, NY POst

  • http://rebeluniv.blogspot.com Professor Hale

    Another part of the dominant culture that shall not be challenged is the 19th century notion that compulsory publicly funded education in K-12 is a public good. or that it takes 12+ years to get a minimal education. That smart kids and retarded kids all take the same amount of time to educate. Or that that brick and mortar classrooms are in any way still needed in 2012.

  • A. Levy

    “To conquer a nation without the use of military force, you must first control the minds of their young…”Karl Marx

  • Ghost of FA Hayek

    Another part of the dominant culture that shall not be challenged
    Prof Hale
    Or how about the mindset that more government funding to higher education leads to lower tuition rates

  • Spider

    WORD OF THE DAY
    ZERO TOLERANCE, n.

    1) A popular EduNazi scheme that empowers government schools to be administered by the synaptically-challenged.

    2) A mindless, irrational, devotion to ‘right or wrong but nothing in between’ rules of engagement that are, invariably imposed on situations which, are, inherently replete with shades of gray.

  • Nangleator

    You call this a hard left ideology? Encouraging students to challenge and question the dominant culture and take social action to change/improve society or work for social justice?

    I suppose the children that Republicans prefer obey unreservedly. Accept authority absolutely. Obediently maintain the status quo, and the power of the oligarchy regardless of justice.

    Lefties prefer their children to use and grow their minds, learn wisdom and compassion, and work to improve themselves and their world.

    You reveal your desire for a feudalistic state. Authoritarians suck.

  • son of a preacher man

    What the troll meant to say was…

    “THOUGHT CRIMINAL!”

    Apparently questioning their methods of questioning is not to be questioned.

  • dan

    …and I can’t tolerate zero tolerance
    you must question authority !

  • AC

    Nangleator says:

    Or they could be studying reading, writing, math, and science, all in a disciplined environment, preparing them for the real world where people have to work and follow rules.

    You reveal your desire for a welfare state.

    Poor education leads to poor people, but you don’t mind that, because you see every person hooked on government cheese as a success story.

    Let me give you a piece of advice from the real world: you are not special. You are not a precious little snowflake. Nobody cares about your self-esteem. Making macaroni protest signs is not a useful job skill.

  • SocialJusticeIsNot

    I’ve seen presentations by principals where it was clear she/he was imparting a ‘vision’ that had nothing to do with education. This is yet another example of this.
    Substitute the words ‘social justice’ with ‘business person’ or ‘scientist’ and you’d be up in the air with shock. Who are you to determine a child’s future like this?

  • AC

    As a former employer, I used to make a habit out of rejecting job applications from people with junk degrees with the same regularity as neck or hand tattoos.

    I frequently hired people with no college degrees, and on occasion, no high school diploma. depending on the reasons behind it.

    There are many good explanations for the lack of a degree, but none for squandering huge sums on a graduate degree in pottery or French literature. Any greenpea who showed off a junk degree with pride was shown the door for poor judgment.

  • KHarn

    I’ve related before that my nieces had gone to a school that told the students that they HAD TO “volenteer” time for some “community service” or they would NOT GRADUATE. I carefully explaned to them how they were being screwed over by neo-communists. I wish I had lived closer to them (over 100 miles away), for I would have gone to their school and given everyone holy hell!

    Whenever I visited as they grew up, I would go over some of their lessons and tell them what the teachers were NOT telling them.

  • KHarn

    By the way, NANGLEATOR, “Social Justice” was the title of a book written in the 1930′s by a NAZI SYMPATHISER.

  • Nangleator

    KHarn, words and ideas belong to all of us. We aren’t enslaved to previous users of words and ideas.

    Noses were also used by Nazi sympathizers. Are YOU a nose-using Nazi sympathizer?

  • ertdfg

    Nangleator says: You call this a hard left ideology? Encouraging students to challenge and question the dominant culture and take social action to change/improve society or work for social justice?”

    I don’t know, what do you call requiring forced labor from someone without paying them?

    “Lefties prefer their children to use and grow their minds, learn wisdom and compassion, and work to improve themselves and their world.

    You reveal your desire for a feudalistic state. Authoritarians suck.”

    Ah, I’m sorry… forced labor without choice or pay is freedom, and only Authoritarian people would avoid forcing people into labor without payment.

    Hey kids, slavery = freedom… isn’t that AWESOME?

    Don’t get stuck with the old definitions of words, we’ll use “newspeak” and it’ll be double-plus-good for you. Once you’re done with your forced labor for the good of all.

  • Nangleator

    ertdfg, the words “labor” and “forced” don’t appear on this thread until your 10:56 post. Are you sure you’re arguing with me?

    When I say ‘lefty’ I’m not referring to the obsolete and unworkable (and never truly attempted) practice of communism.

  • Mikhail Evansky

    You can spot an undercover commie when they say “true communism” never existed.
    Maybe what never existed is a truly liberal frankfurtian utopia, but the demoncrats are making sure it becomes true, a là 1917 style.

  • StanInTexas

    Nan, how are the students supposed to “challenge and question the dominant culture and take social action to change/improve society or work for social justice” when those same teachers cannot even teach them to read, write, or do simple math.

    I can remember the cries from the Left that Religion should be taught in the home, while teachers should be freed to teach the core requirements. Now suddenly those “core requirements” are subordinate to sex, tolerance, and social activism.

  • StanInTexas

    Mikhail Evansky, they say that to fend off the criticism that they are trying to establish Communism where ever they are. Communism has failed MISERABLY where ever it has been tried, but these same “progressives” will tell you TRUE Communism has never been tried, followed by “If *I’M* the one in charge, it will work this time.”

  • Jester

    Nangleator says:

    You call this a hard left ideology?

    No. I call your opinions hard left ideology.

    Encouraging students to challenge and question the dominant culture and take social action to change/improve society or work for social justice?

    That would be great if they challenged the current dominant culture. The 60′s are long gone, Nangi. You should actually progress into the 21st century.

    I suppose the children that Republicans prefer obey unreservedly

    Imagine that! Kids actually behaving themselves in restaurants, airports, etc. instead of throwing insane screaming tantrums while their idiotic progressive parents helplessly tolerate that. What a concept.

    Lefties prefer their children to use and grow their minds

    By usurping their parents’ healthy authority, lefty kids end up little monsters who eventually become wards of the state. Sounds like your dream come true.

    You reveal your desire for a feudalistic state

    Oh, like this one? Bet you’re glad Chairman Mao fixed that one.

  • Grunt

    Hmm….being inculcated and pressed into “volunteer labour”. Where have I heard that before…

    Ah!

    “Arbiet macht frei”, I believe. Interesting philosophy.
    Been there, done that.

    Challenging and questioning the “dominant culture”? Would that be the culture that sustains us and creates a free society, or the culture that’s in your face, demanding you accept it or you’re a bigot, gets piped into your head by the media daily–hell, hourly!–through virtually every medium and in the halls of your school?

    What if you refuse to embrace the “in your face” culture in favour of common sense?

    How accepting and “tolerant” will the faculty be then?

  • Nangleator

    On this site, I feel like the lady in this ad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKsUIPBGmfM

    And it’s got your perfectly behaved Republican kids in it, too.

  • Grunt

    Well, the option is yours, Dangleater…you can always use that wonderful “choice” the Left seems to value to much and liberate yourself from the puling masses.

  • Grunt

    so much.

  • Grunt

    Also, since you seem to like quoting others and trying (unsuccessfully) to hang them on it, I don’t see any one saying that republican kids behave perfectly.

    Did see this, though: “Imagine that! Kids actually behaving themselves in restaurants, airports, etc. instead of throwing insane screaming tantrums while their idiotic progressive parents helplessly tolerate that. What a concept.”

    And it’s true. Kids from nuclear families do tend to behave in a more respectful manner than kids who are raised according to the tenets of today’s ideologies.

  • Nangleator

    Grunt, what you call ‘today’s ideologies’ are not ideologies. They are circumstances. And even the people who can’t make their lives fit your ideal of a nuclear family want to have life, love, and happiness regardless.

    Happily, the nuclear family isn’t the only possible method of raising kids well.

  • AC

    Social justice is a euphemism for communism.

  • AC

    Happily, the nuclear family isn’t the only possible method of raising kids well.

    Traffic lights aren’t the only method of controlling flow at a busy intersection, but we use them because they work.

    Trying to drive in Russia or the Philippines will give you a new appreciation for the boring and stodgy red light.

    The nuclear family might seem quaint to your California values, but study after study shows that it works.

    I never had kids because I was never confident in my ability to provide that environment. The last thing I wanted to do was raise a troubled brat who ran wild because his father was busy with work and had to pawn him off on others, let him run wild, then bail him out of any jam.

  • Grunt

    Something tells me, AC may have come from a nuclear family. It’s just a guess.

    See, Nangleeater, AC’s analogy is effective because it’s true.

    Kids from nuclear families have a tendency to understand responsibility for what it is; that “stodgy red light” you had to stop (and scowl) at in your rush to work has saved lives and in a simple and sensible way, has provided an effective and inexpensive means to preserve a precious commodity–life. Creates order, too. Mainly on the premise that most folks understand that they are bound by the privilege of their license to obey the law. No Union Teacher sits in the back of the car and governs them.

    Yet in so many ways (using the same analogy), the scowl on your face as you wait at that delay says “life would be better for ME if I didn’t have to deal with that light”. But you don’t wanna give up the freedom granted you by driving…or functioning in society, as you’re gonna wait at a light whether you’re on foot or on wheels.

    AC sees the pedestrians being spared a careening run-in with your grille, and you see how unfair it is that you have to wait.

    Nuclear families (with their better-behaved-than-progressive-raised-kids) have a tendency to understand the cohesion of human-types better than the “social justice” mindsets.

    It’s an apriori truth.

  • Nangleator

    The nuclear family falls apart at a touch. It has nothing of the stability of the extended family, with which we raised children for at least 100,000 years.

    It worked well enough when you could trust your employer to keep you for as long as you did your job. It worked when companies were willing to pay enough of a salary that one parent could stay home to raise the children. It worked as long as neither parent had a serious accident or illness, or needed to go to war.

    These conditions have gone the way of the dodo.

    In other words, the nuclear family worked during the Cold War, in America, before the power of unions was broken by Reagan, and mostly only for white people.

  • AC

    I’ve seen enough of Ms. “cool single mom” who buys cigarettes for her teen daughters and lets their boyfriends sleep over to know that model doesn’t work.

    Do you find it strange that such an employee is always getting calls at work from the school in reference to child misbehavior?

    The nuclear family falls apart at a touch. It has nothing of the stability of the extended family, with which we raised children for at least 100,000 years.

    Lousy nuclear families fall apart at a touch. Of course the divorce rate is high – we’ve become a selfish and impulsive society. People marry for the wrong reasons then refuse to behave like mature adults.

    Hollyweird glamorizes adultery and the party lifestyle.

    It worked well enough when you could trust your employer to keep you for as long as you did your job. It worked when companies were willing to pay enough of a salary that one parent could stay home to raise the children. It worked as long as neither parent had a serious accident or illness, or needed to go to war.

    Ah, the good old days, when people had a work ethic and came to work sober. Back then, they didn’t need to be fired like today’s workplace Facebook addicts or poetry majors who toke up on lunch break.

    These conditions have gone the way of the dodo.

    Damn right. Thank the schools for that.

    In other words, the nuclear family worked during the Cold War, in America, before the power of unions was broken by Reagan, and mostly only for white people.

    It may horrify you to know that, in that era, people used words like “morals”, “values”, and “God.” They did things because they were the right things to do, not because they were being watched. In those days, an eight year old could safely walk to a baseball field without fear of paroled pervert molesters (in those days, child molesters were sent to the chair). Nowadays, parents have to schedule a time to take their children to a ball park, and many parks are having cameras installed.

    If you believe that unions are the only difference between today and the days of Leave it to Beaver then you have much to learn.

    Then came the hippie generation.

  • jim

    So..aaah Nan. May I call you Nan? You are saying that darker skinned people aren’t capable of having intact nuclear families? They must be “helped” by the state? Isn’t that,dare I say it, RACIST?
    Just checking

  • AC

    It is truly sad how far our culture has degenerated, due in large part to Hollywood and the public schools.

    It may shock you to learn that, at one point, Dennis the Menace was the archetypal troublemaker, back when the worst that kids did was misaim a slingshot or trample the neighbor’s flowers.

    Nowadays, kids not much older than Dennis are joining gangs, selling crack, and generally raising hell. A modern day Dennis the Menace would be a member of a Crip set, and become involved in all sorts of wacky misadventures, such as burglarizing and murdering the Wilsons.

  • Nangleator

    AC, in those days the highest tax bracket was taxed at 90%. The ratio of CEO pay to lowest-paid-employee paid was sane. Industry supported a strong middle class because that’s what it took to strengthen a country so it wouldn’t be turned into radioactive ash. Republicans often refer to this golden age without really considering what made it happen.

    jim, I didn’t say black people couldn’t have a nuclear family, just that they couldn’t have one that worked well… I meant that the deck was stacked against them for securing a one-salary lifestyle that could support a family. My overall point was that the nuclear family isn’t an eternal, universal concept or the ideal arrangement.

  • Grunt

    Maybe you and yours think it’s the responsibility of others to take care of you, Nangleeater, but it’s not how many here feel.

    I don’t subscribe to “groupthink” and feel the need to force others to avail their efforts for my needs; that’s my job. I take care of me and mine, everyone else does the same, we are individualistic and self-sustaining. Familial cohesion eliminates the need to find an “extended family”, as it fosters a mentality based on responsibility.

    Does this mean that those of us whom are conservative don’t want to help out fellow man? Not exactly; we want to help the fellow man understand there’s no such thing as a free lunch.

    Compassion and charity are supported by the Church–also composed mainly of nuclear type families, and Conservatives. That’s how we reach out and tend our own…sort of like the “stone soup” story, but the logic is that the pot will run dry if those who partake don’t return some of the charity given.

    You know–”give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you have fed him for a lifetime. Also, you create a marketable skill; not everyone digs fishing.

    Now, if I remember correctly, there are other organizations whom are not religion-based (as I recall, we’ve a couple non-believing among us) that espouse the same thinking, that teaching a useful skill in lieu of keeping the masses on free cheese is incorporated. The premise is the same.

    Force those that work to support those that won’t work and in two generations you have the death of the society…and the realization of slavery. I have worked on housing that is Government subsidized; these folks don’t live within their means, but the greatest majority of them live in squalor. They have nice things sitting amid the filth, the heat’s on 80 in the winter and a/c’s on 68 in the summer even when they aren’t home–and my meagre earnings were being taxed to support that. I can’t live like that. How is this “equal”?

    Here ya go, Nangleeater: cash your paycheck and hand the money out to the homeless in the barrio/ghetto/hoovervilles at the edge of the urban sprawl. Watch how they spend the wealth you redistribute.

    Do that every week for the rest of your life.

    If you don’t, the liberals will think you’re a heartless b*stard. Welcome to the rethuglican party, fellow “TeaBagger”.

  • Nangleator

    AC: “Damn right. Thank the schools for that.”

    Good gravy. Blame the schools on companies breaking the covenant of job security? For shipping our jobs overseas? For flattening out pay rates since 1980?

  • Nangleator

    Grunt: “Maybe you and yours think it’s the responsibility of others to take care of you, Nangleeater…”

    Holy crap. Where did THIS come from? Why am I the target of every stale strawman attack the Right has ever come up with every time I appear here?

  • StanInTexas

    AC & Grunt,

    Be veeeeeeeery careful when you are responding to Nan. If you introduce too many facts or point out his obvious lies, he’ll ignore you.

  • AC

    AC, in those days the highest tax bracket was taxed at 90%. The ratio of CEO pay to lowest-paid-employee paid was sane. Industry supported a strong middle class because that’s what it took to strengthen a country so it wouldn’t be turned into radioactive ash. Republicans often refer to this golden age without really considering what made it happen.

    That rate was almost never paid because of loopholes and tax shelters. Entrepreneurs accumulated wealth, but did other things with it than realize a taxable return then invest the cash in an index fund.

    Trusts are wonderful tax avoidance vehicles, and not just for NFA items.

    If the tax rate was truly that high for that long, then why are the Rockefeller and Kennedy family fortunes still intact despite decades of high living and heavy giving?

    Most people are not going to sacrifice their time when 90% of the fruits of their labor are confiscated by one level of government alone. It takes a rare person who keeps working when the deal is nine for them and one for him. You see a lot of that among young geek entrepreneurs, a breed which didn’t exist back then.

    A 90% tax bracket makes work essentially pointless. If you had tens of millions of dollars at your disposal, would you continue building your business knowing that the benefit to you is virtually zero?

    Don’t try and fool me with some quip about “Why yes, I love paying taxes.” I’ll preemptively call BS on that. You, just like everybody else who doesn’t consider their job a fun hobby (let’s face it, most people running big businesses don’t find management fun) would be off enjoying your fortune.

    People who can do anything they want and spend as much time with their family as they please aren’t going to sacrifice that to spend all day working for the benefit of the government.

    Yet, despite the nominal rate, businesses still grew. That is because nobody paid that rate.

    What the nominal rate did was keep lawyers and estate planners in business.

    Good gravy. Blame the schools on companies breaking the covenant of job security? For shipping our jobs overseas? For flattening out pay rates since 1980?

    Have you ever been an employer? Are you in any way qualified to judge the work ethic or quality of the current generation?

  • Nangleator

    “That rate was almost never paid because of loopholes and tax shelters. Entrepreneurs accumulated wealth, but did other things with it than realize a taxable return then invest the cash in an index fund.”

    Bingo! That’s self-governance set up the right way. You got a problem with companies investing in America’s future? Let’s make it *necessary* with the corporate tax code. Obama probably couldn’t be convinced to do that, but Romney would rather slit his childrens’ throats than make one step in that direction.

    “Are you in any way qualified to judge the work ethic or quality of the current generation?”

    At least as qualified as you to judge a president.

  • Grunt

    Duly noted,StanInTexas. (One can only hope.)

    What do you mean by “extended family”, Nangleeater?
    Unions> The State? Government?

    Because if you mean relatives by blood that would qualify as “Family”. If you’re one of those that marries and moves in with a relative (or the wife’s family), it’s not the job of those other members to support anyone but themselves, not you. Likely you’re together in cohabitative agreement, which is family helping family, not “extended family”; the economy sucks, you and another family member get a big house and split the costs…that’s great, as long as you keep up your half, but if you don’t, should that other family member have to foot your bills because you had to have a tattou instead of pay your responsibilities?

    Would a Union step in and do that? Maybe if you had previous palm-greasing experience or spent enough time for seniority to gather, but even then,the Union takes from everyone to do this.

    Unions were a good idea when Ford was breaking legs to discourage absenteeism, but are now a bad idea because they offer huge and unsupportable wages for entry level work in far too many cases. Unions benefit more than anyone else because those exorbitant dues they collect go into politicians’ pockets to legislate more power to more unions.

    Unions should go the way of the dodo. And the public service sector should NEVER have been given license to unionize.

  • Grunt

    Oh. B’fore I forget:
    “Why am I the target of every stale strawman attack the Right has ever come up with every time I appear here?”

    Maybe because your cookie-cutter thinking has a tendency to look like the same scarecrows you normally set up? I dunnoh.

    Been meaning to ask if you get your strawmen in bulk…

  • AC

    Bingo! That’s self-governance set up the right way. You got a problem with companies investing in America’s future? Let’s make it *necessary* with the corporate tax code. Obama probably couldn’t be convinced to do that, but Romney would rather slit his childrens’ throats than make one step in that direction.

    The arcane set of loopholes inhibited the mobility of capital, discouraged investment, and choked off the supply of funds to upstarts. The Internet/tech revolution would not have been possible without modern venture capital funding, which could not have existed under that tax structure.

    That tax structure also encouraged nepotism, which frequently ruined companies and destroyed jobs.

  • AC

    As usual, the troll believes that creating jobs and incentivizing investment is an essential and exclusive function of government.

    He believes that entrepreneurs and job creators won’t invest unless the government motivates them.

    You know what makes people with money choose to invest? They want more money.

  • Ghost of FA Hayek

    It worked when companies were willing to pay enough of a salary that one parent could stay home to raise the children

    These conditions have gone the way of the dodo.
    Nangleator

    Did employers start paying less ?
    Or was it that families with both parents working brought cell phones, two cars, vacations, that dream home in the burbs, paid junior’s way through Harvard ect, ect ?
    The American dream.
    ______

    My overall point was that the nuclear family isn’t an eternal, universal concept or the ideal arrangement

    Oh but it is the ideal arrangement.
    So typical of a lib to celebrate the breaking of thousands of years of precident, and embrace “change” all the while watching the inevitable cycles of poverty and dependence, and blame that on the “evil corporation ” and Republican’s lack of “generosity” with other peoples money.
    Witness the broken families in the Ghetto.
    Tell me how THEY are better off with a single parent and welfare

  • Grunt

    Nangleator says: September 7, 2012 at 1:47 pm
    “At least as qualified as you to judge a president.”

    No-no-no, O eater of Nangles…that isn’t how it works.

    The work ethic of any given generation is affected by the raising of the previous generation (those who raised the current generation).

    You’re also talking about a group of individuals (of no specific etymology) in comparison to a single individual who will become the Commander In Chief to the US, the most powerful position in the world.

    When you are hiring someone as the business owner, someone with as incomplete a set of records, or a sealed past would red-flag and disqualify a person like Obama from a job as a Corrections Officer (Prior drug use, shady business dealings, fake social security number, and on…and on…). It should have DQ’d him as the President.

    He wouldn’t even be allowed to enlist in our military!

    A whole generation of individuals will play out over a broad spectrum of values and character–and it’s also why the Government should know its role as the Employee of the People.

    Oh, hehehh…also…folks from the nuclear family also have a tendency to have a stronger work ethic. Examples? Sure!

    Look at folks like Bush, Ryan, Neil Armstrong, Reagan, Thomas Sowell, et alia–far as I know, all from nuclear families raised with common sense principle.

    Look at our current Mistake in Chief: absentee Daddy who’s a poonhound, self-centered narcissist Mommy who ditched him onto the Grandfolks who were elitists who sent their daughterStanley (so named because Daddy thought his desire to have a son was more important to the girl having to live down a boy’s name) to the only openly Communist school there was back in the 50′s.

    Couldn’t get a clearer example than that. And yes, we do have the educational system, which teaches us that self-esteem is more important than intellect, and that everyone, regardless of performance and skill level, is equal, gets an ‘attendance trophy’. There’s no incentive to achieve, if you’re only ever gonna be status quo…so here, have a handful of mind-numbing drugs to help you cope and keep you calm, so you don’t realize you’re being slowly eaten alive.

    This situation is like this because since the 60′s and 70′s, Saul Alinsky, Nietzsche, and the Marxist-fascist principles they embraced were the fad, and these were in our Colleges as professors and administrators.

    It’s like trying to cultivate roses without exterminating the weeds. It isn’t going to happen…weeds need to be removed for the roses to flourish, but these bright Alinskyites are snipping the heads from the roses and nourishing the weeds.

    Frankly, I think that barring a civics/social studies exam to vote, a person shouldn’t be allowed to vote under the age of 35 at the youngest. Maybe a little real-world experience outside of video games in Mom’s basement could get these mental midgets in line.

  • Sam Adams

    Leftists do better when they are in the minority. Then they can feed off of the host without doing much damage. Today it should be obvious to all that leftists (Obama, Reid, et. al.) are not actually capable of governing. Obama wouldn’t know a hard day’s worth of work if it bit him on the backside. How many golf games in 3.75 years? How many vacations.

    And when the leftists are in control, the continue to feed off of the host until there is nothing left. USSR is a great example. So is North Korea. So is Cuba.

  • octa bright

    @Nangleator
    The reason that the extended family broke down in the XX century was that mobility was needed to find work in the industrial system. The extended family model worked well in agrarian communities where there was very little mobility but with the less stable industrial society mobility was needed. An area where it did not break down is Appellachia.
    As far as students trying to “challenge and question the dominant culture” a little thought experiment is in order. What do you think the results would be if a student dared to question such things as affirmative action, homosexuality, and P/C? Or worse yet, supported adoption rather than abortion? Can you honestly claim that ther would be no repercussions?
    As far as “volunteer” to graduate that MIGHT be acceptable if it was directly related to a course such as an internship, and even those provide a stipend. Convicted felons are required to be paid for their labor, so what justification is there for requiring students to work without pay?
    This definately appears to be an abuse of power that would have every leftist group screaming bloody murder if social conservatives were doing it, and with justification.
    As for nucelear families, they have been the primary unit with the extended family acting as a support. At worst they are far better than the single parent family model, or are you going to claim that what we have in the inner cities is desirable?

  • microcosme

    “You call this a hard left ideology? Encouraging students to challenge and question the dominant culture and take social action to change/improve society or work for social justice?”

    I went to school prior to the social justice brainwashing phenomenon. Yet I somehow was able to think for myself without “help” from state-authorized propaganda.

    “I suppose the children that Republicans prefer obey unreservedly. Accept authority absolutely. Obediently maintain the status quo, and the power of the oligarchy regardless of justice.”

    This is a strawman. Setting up some exaggerated situation that hasn’t occurred.

    “Lefties prefer their children to use and grow their minds, learn wisdom and compassion, and work to improve themselves and their world.”

    Another strawman situation that doesn’t exist (e.g., conservatives want their kids to be selfish).

    “You reveal your desire for a feudalistic state. Authoritarians suck.”

    Another strawman exaggeration coupled with a contemptuous statement that has no relevance to anything.

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