In addition to Bill Ayers, we now learn that expert bomb-setter for the Weatherman terrorist group, Ronald Fliegelman, also enjoyed a long career as a teacher and molder of young minds. Many might say, “Good for them: they’ve done something worthwhile after their youthful days of protest.” But a look at the influence of Bill Ayers, as well as the communist history professor and mentor to the 1960s radicals, Howard Zinn, reveals a legacy that is far and deep, and often difficult to discern. It goes beyond the assigned reading of Zinn’s best-selling A People’s History of the United States, and the invitations for Ayers to speak on campuses about “the school-to-prison pipeline.” Their influence is felt far and wide in educational policies, practices, and standards, such as mandatory community service, unequal discipline, “historical thinking” lessons, and Common Core.
On May 7, Mary Grabar, Ph.D., who taught college English for 20 years and has been writing about education for the last 10 years, will discuss with us the influence of Ayers and company, and offer strategies for fighting it.
Mary Grabar was born in Slovenia (then part of communist Yugoslavia) and grew up in Rochester, New York. She moved to Georgia in 1985 and earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Georgia in 2002.
Mary’s parents took her and fled a communist regime. Today, she is a dissident to the reigning political correctness on our college campuses. She came to conservatism after witnessing the deliberate destruction of our literary heritage and respect for the West and the United States by radical professors in her graduate seminars.
In 2011, Mary founded the Dissident Prof Education Project, Inc., dedicated to “resisting the re-education of America” www.dissidentprof.com. After a nearly two-year long process Dissident Prof has been awarded status by the IRS as a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt charitable organization in March.
Mary taught in colleges and universities in Georgia for 20 years, and is now a resident fellow at the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization in Clinton, New York.
Books will be available for purchase and personal signing by Mary Grabar following her presentation.