Friday, October 10, 2008

Why Ayers Matters

A brilliant post from Neo-Neo-Con; read an excerpt below, but, seriously, read the whole darned thing

Ayers told the great humanitarian Chavez: “Teaching invites transformations, it urges revolutions large and small. La educacion es revolucion.” It is that form of socialist revolution that Ayers, and Obama, have worked to bring to America.

We are seeing now the fruit of that program of transformation in an electorate that cannot—or will not—see what and who Obama is, or perhaps doesn’t much care. America’s educational system has already been heavily compromised by Ayers-like goals and methods. If you want to know what sort of education Ayers espouses—and has been advocating for many decades—read this excellent summary by Sol Stern.

Ayers’s philosophy can be encapsulated in the phrase “teaching for social justice.” One of his books, for example, is entitled Teaching for Social Justice. According to a review in Library Journal:

“Teaching for social justice” is teaching what one believes ought to be in terms of material arrangements for people in all spheres of society, i.e., reflective experiential responses leading to action.

It is edifying (in the strongest sense of the word) to take a look at the words of Maxine Greene in the book’s introduction:

Teaching for social justice is teaching what we believe ought to be. It is to teach so that the young may be awakened to the joy of working for transformation in the smallest places, so that they may become healers and change their worlds.

This was written back in 1998. I submit that it’s not a coincidence that it sounds like a campaign speech by none other than Barack Obama.

The truth about Ayers and Obama needs to get out, and we can’t rely on the media or even the McCain campaign to do it.

[NOTE: If you’re interested, you can take a look at Bill Ayers’s resume. Somehow the bombings have been left out, but I’ve highlighted the publications. This is a very successful movement in education that has been going on for decades, make no mistake about it.]

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