An Interesting Perspective On American Education

Yesterday The American Thinker posted an article about education in America. As we are currently seeing our younger generations declare that they prefer socialism over a free market economy, this is a good time to look at education.

The article reports:

We cannot say we were not warned. Decades ago, in an article perhaps long forgotten, novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand gave an ominous warning on the state of American education at all levels, especially the ideologies and philosophies that were beginning to become pervasive within its university system.  Whatever one may think of Rand’s novels or personal character, an objective analysis of her work on education specifically displays her thoughts as unquestionably prescient.

If one believes the infestation within universities and public classrooms of Critical Theory and other like minded disciplines is a recent phenomenon, brought to their attention by pushback and defunding from President Trump, one is mistaken.  In her article “Cashing In: The Students Rebellion,” Rand points out that universities in the 1960s began to become training centers for “activists,” much like Marxist in the 1930s, who learned they could utilize legitimate current issues in order to manipulate the masses into cooperation, oblivious to the incoherent, illogical ideologies that compromised professors had effectively forced students to accept (Rand, 9).  These activists would later plant themselves in education, media, and politics, or even serve as muscle on the streets to work toward indoctrinated ideological objectives.

Rand continues to explain why 1960s students chose U.C. Berkeley president Clark Kerr as their target, given his liberal record.  Ironically, Rand notes, “it is clear that the revels chose Kerr as their first target, not in spite of his record, but because of it” (25).  In other words, a person poorly intellectually trained who is only versed in how to “play ball” or “go along to get along” knows how to do only what he himself did in university: avoid conflict and compromise.  With whom?  With anyone who seems to pose a threat or spouts the “correct” platitudes.  Berkeley’s “student rebellion” of 1964 engaged in violation of property and physical assaults, even of police, justifying itself by hiding behind a false mantle of civil rights, smearing opposition as racist, all the while receiving outside money and resources to help achieve its goal: the seizure of power.

Please follow the link above to read the entire article. The civil disobedience and riots we are currently seeing are not the result of recent events, they are the result of a planned attack on our nation that has been seventy years in the making. Pay attention. Your future, your children’s future, and your grandchildren’s future depends on your actions at this time.

Avoiding The Obvious For Political Reasons

Hillary Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea, have written a book called The Book of Gutsy Women. There are more than a hundred women included in the book. The book includes such people as Madame Curie, Anne Frank, Helen Keller, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Florence Nightingale. Included also are Ellen DeGeneres and Billie Jean King. Actually there are a lot of good choices in terms of who is included in the book. More telling, however, is who is not.

On Thursday, The American Thinker posted an article titled, “Five ‘Gutsy Women’ Who Didn’t Make it into Hillary Clinton’s Book.” Those five women are Margaret Thatcher, Clare Boothe Luce, Ayn Rand, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Phyllis Schlafly.

The article notes:

To be “gutsy,” according to the Clintons, is “about never giving up — and working to pave the way for the next generation.”

With that in mind, here are the profiles of five gutsy women who didn’t make the list because they don’t fit Hillary’s politically correct narrative.

Please follow the link above to read the entire article. The women conveniently left out were significant trailblazers. It’s a shame that Mrs. Clinton and her daughter choose not to recognize accomplishment when it doesn’t fit their political agenda.

A Beautiful Afternoon

Today I attended the Worcester Tea Party April 15th Tax Day Tea Party. It was a fantastic event (and just as an added bonus, it was a beautiful day!).

I have a few observations on the growth of the Tea Party. Reports of the death of the Tea Party are highly exaggerated–it is alive and doing well. A lot of the Tea Party is over the age of 40, but there is a younger group getting involved–one of the speakers today was a high school student speaking about a new program in her high school that involves students wearing a bracelet and tracking everything they eat and exactly how much exercise they get. That really does not sound like life in a free country to me. I hope to post an article about this program in her own words in the coming week. There was also a student from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst who spoke. I am very impressed with the reasoning abilities of both of these young people as I did not give up my liberal ways until I was well into my twenties.

The Tea Party is not a monolithic group. The basic areas of agreement are smaller government, the repeal of Obamacare, and lower taxes. There is a strain of Ayn Rand worship that can also be found in some Tea Party members, but when you consider Ayn Rand’s perspective based on her background, that is probably not a bad thing. I remember reading ATLAS SHRUGGED in high school because the group of kids I hung around with was reading it, and we all thought it was wonderful. It amazes me that most of those friends grew up to become liberals. I guess our college education system in the late 1960’s was pretty powerful.

Anyway, the Tea Party event in Worcester was a great event. All ages were represented and it was a nice, friendly, well-mannered crowd. I will be there again next year!

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