Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors hosted a symposium and expert panel discussion on the indoctrination of children in our public school system on May 6, 2013 at the Luxe Hotel Sunset in Los Angeles. It has become common knowledge that universities are bastions of political correctness, but that waterfall is spilling down through public education institutions all the way to the elementary level. Even a cursory look at headlines reveals that innocent children are being subjected to an all too often vicious form of political indoctrination designed to create a liberal mindset as early as possible.
Doris Wise Montrose, president and founder of Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors said, “The Nazi model for outcome based education was to transform the world by changing the children. Hans Schemm, leader of the Nazi Teacher’s League, clearly stated: ‘Those who have the youth on their side control the future.’ We know how that ended and we must connect the dots. We have been asleep at the wheel with respect to public education. America must wake up and act before it is too late.”
STATEMENT BY LARRY SAND FOLLOWING THIS EVENT: The panel examined radical pedagogy and its effects on students from K through college. What were fringe ideas in the 1960s became mainstream in our education schools by the 1980s. As such, we can’t be surprised that half our students consider socialism a viable system, while many think that corporations are inherently evil and that Che Guevara was a heroic freedom fighter.
STATEMENT BY BRUCE THORNTON FOLLOWING THIS EVENT: Schools for Subversion was an informative, comprehensive overview of how progressive, anti-American ideology has permeated our educational system from kindergarten to university. No matter how bad you think it is, the evidence of pedagogical malfeasance presented in these talks will convince you that things are much worse, and we must act now to take back our schools.
It begins early in elementary school, when children are inculcated with lessons steeped in “social justice,” which is essentially radical egalitarian, social engineering. Although parents may not be aware of it, social justice creeps into just about every subject: social studies, language arts, science, even math. It’s weaved into state curriculum standards. It is the focus of colleges of education. It is promoted by curriculum companies (sometimes tax-supported and tax-exempt) to teachers, cloaked in innocuous titles and feel-good text.
The roots and real goals of this radical pedagogy will be examined by this panel. Among the topics for discussion:
• The latest Pew poll shows that 49 percent of young adults believe that socialism is a viable economic system. Only 43 percent say they have a negative view. The poll also found that just 46 percent of people age 18-29 have positive views of capitalism, and 47 percent have negative views.
• Even “global warming,” ostensibly a scientific issue, is really about the expansion of government. According to the alarmists, the alleged climate change has been the product of unbridled corporate America, so the government must rein them in.
• Is Islam really a “religion of peace?”
• Does Che Guevara deserve to be idolized?
• Does “The Three Little Pigs” really have a Eurocentric message?
• Is teaching anti-racist math really necessary?
• Why is it okay to teach young kids about the joys of collective bargaining but not about why capitalism is the best system on earth?
This is just the tip of the iceberg. It is essential that the public become fully aware of this troubling phenomenon and get more involved in their local schools with the goal of returning them to centers of learning rather than hubs of indoctrination.
The expert panel included:
Kyle Olson — Author of Indoctrination: How ‘Useful Idiots’ Are Using Our Schools to Subvert American Exceptionalism and publisher of EAGnews.org, a news service dedicated to education reform and school spending research, reporting, analysis and commentary.
Larry Sand — Retired teacher, president of the California Teachers Empowerment Network, blogger and regular contributor to City Journal. Having taught for over 28 years, he has seen firsthand what Olson has written about.
Mary Grabar — Professor who’s forever battling the “re-educators,” and not coincidentally, forever battling for her continued employment in Georgia. She has written extensively about influence of radicals in our colleges, most notably chronicling the legacy of the late Howard Zinn whose politically charged and factually challenged “textbook,” A People’s History of the United States, is in wide usage in schools across the country. She is organizing the Resistance to the Re-Education of America at DissidentProf.com.
Bruce Thornton — Professor of classics and humanities at Fresno State University and a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is the author of eight books, a regular contributor to FrontPageMag.com and perhaps the most articulate and prolific conservative college professor working today.
Ben Boychuk, moderator — Currently an associate editor of City Journal, and a columnist for the Sacramento Bee and ScrippsHoward News Service, where he writes eloquently on a wide variety of topics. He has long been involved with education issues, including a recent stint at Heartland Institute where he was managing editor of School Reform News and remains a policy advisor on education issues.