English departments are infamous for their repressively homogenous left-wing ideology. But as it turns out, feeding the crocodile doesn’t guarantee that it will eat you last. Having wrested control of public schools from local authorities, federal bureaucrats are now expunging literature from English classes in favor of statist propaganda:
Controversy is brewing over new Common Core State Standards in English that call on public schools to emphasize the reading of “information text” instead of fictional literature. … [T]is initiative is driven in large part by the desire to promote political propaganda in the classroom. …
Consider that one of the “informational texts” recommended as a replacement for, say, Great Expectations is “Executive Order 13423: Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management.” Students would thus study government propaganda in English class (this Executive Order was issued under President Bush, but it is still propaganda — a political sop to the environmental left, as Stanley Kurtz shows).
Another Common Core’s non-fiction exemplar is an excerpt from a 2009 New Yorker essay by Atul Gawande on health care. This too is propaganda — an effort to show that Obamacare is wise policy.
The Obama Regime is imposing this indoctrination on states by the usual means — bribing us with our own money by yanking on the strings (or rather, chains) attached to federal largess. States must comply if they want a cut of Race to the Top funds.
Yet again we see that federal money is poisonous. Any school that accepts a penny of it has been corrupted.
On tips from Artfldgr and Ghost of FA Hayek.