As we all know by now, Bill Ayers, unrepentant Weather Undergound leader and terrorist, is a Professor of Education. Funny, how Barack Obama called him a Professor of English. Obama certainly knows what Bill Ayers teaches, since he has been in his company during campus presentations. I guess Barack thought a Professor of English isn’t quite as dangerous to young minds as a Professor of Education can be. I mean, Mr. Ayers educates future educators–who in turn shape young peoples’ minds.
It has already been shown that the Ayers-Obama relationship is far closer than Barack Obama’s
lie casual rendition of a friendship that goes back further than a decade.
SusanUnPc has already shown us a recent photo of Ayers stomping on an American flag. NQ’s story was also covered by Hannity on Fox. At this point, I think it’s pretty safe to say that we all have a better chance of seeing God than we have of seeing this photo displayed on CNN or MSNBC.
The interesting thing is that the flag isn’t the only thing Ayers and Dohrn are stomping on. They are also stomping on American Education and influencing the thought processes of future teachers.
In most educational quarters, a person with Ayers’ and Dohrn’s background would never be allowed to teach in a public school. Recently a public school teacher was fired for wearing a bikini at a second job. So, as you can see, most public school districts are pretty serious about the character of teachers. Apparently this is not a theme that is important to the University of Illinois at Chicago, where Professors of Education get the privilege of influencing the thought of future teachers. The university is referred to as “a hotbed for the radical education professoriate”. But then again, it is Chicago.
According to Barack Obama’s website, “Ayers is a tenured professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a ‘respected advisor’ to Mayor Daley on School Reform“. I know all of us can rest easily knowing that a fine upstanding unrepentant former terrorist has a hand in “school reform”. Well, you might rest easily, but I won’t.
I didn’t make this up.
Fortunately, I am not charged with the task of analyzing and summing up his office door up in one sentence. Jim Geraghty did it for me. He called it a “Where’s Waldo of lefty radicalism“. And I think he’s right.
I would describe the image as a Where’s Waldo of lefty radicalism. There’s at least three pictures of Malcolm X, a cartoon of a smiling police officer saying, “I’m going to kick your [tushie] and get away with it.” A Red Star, an Amnesty International sticker, a Mumia Abu-Jamal picture, a picture of a bomb dropping on the Gaza Strip.
Geraghty wasn’t sure what “ABU-ZAYD” was referring to, so he did the wise thing and asked readers if they knew what this means. He got answers:
A lot of readers are sending me information on Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd, an Islamic theologan. But the more likely answer
is found on another photo in that Tribune collection, where
the caption depicts a young couple with a child between them: “Bill Ayers walks with wife, Bernardine Dohrn, and their son, Zayd Dohrn, 4, outside a federal courtroom in New York circa 1982.” Abu is Arabic for “father of.”
It does appear as though Bill Ayers’ politics hasn’t changed much since his Weather Underground days.
He still boasts about working full-time to bring down American capitalism and imperialism. This time, however, he does it from his tenured perch as Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Instead of planting bombs in public buildings, Ayers now works to indoctrinate America’s future teachers in the revolutionary cause, urging them to pass on the lessons to their public school students.
Ayers’ texts on the imperative of social-justice teaching are among the most popular works in the syllabi of the nation’s ed schools and teacher-training institutes. One of Ayers’s major themes is that the American public school system is nothing but a reflection of capitalist hegemony. Thus, the mission of
all progressive teachers is to take back the classrooms and turn them into laboratories of revolutionary change.
As Ayers puts it in one of his course descriptions, prospective K–12teachers need to “be aware of the social and moral universe we inhabit and . . .be a teacher capable of hope and struggle, outrage and action, a teacher teaching for social justice and liberation.”
Apparently, Barack Obama has no problem with Ayers agenda for the children of America, just like he has no problem with Bill Ayers as a terrorist who still thinks he hasn’t “done enough”. In fact, Bill Ayers’ agenda has become quite influential in the American educational system.
Ayers’s influence on what is taught in the nation’s public
schools is likely to grow in the future. Last month, he was elected vice president for curriculum of the 25,000-member American Educational Research Association (AERA), the nation’s largest organization of education-school professors and researchers. Ayers won the election handily, and there is no doubt that his fellow education professors knew whom they were voting for. In the short biographical statement distributed to prospective voters beforehand, Ayers listed among his scholarly books Fugitive Days, an unapologetic memoir about his ten years in the Weather Underground. The book includes dramatic accounts of how he bombed the Pentagon and other public buildings.
Remember, we are talking about the influence upon the teachers of America’s children. It is one thing to be liberal or “progressive,” whatever that even means anymore, now that the term has been sullied by radical nutcases. It is quite another thing to have an agenda that undermines everything that America stands for–including democracy– and replace it with crash and burn hatred.
Considering the display on Bill Ayers’ office door, I would say he has a great start at turning America’s children into well-trained Anti-American radicals just like himself, wouldn’t you? Yet Barack Obama has given further credibility to this man through his ongoing relationship with him.
It’s just plain amazing what terrible things a man with lofty personal political ambitions will dismiss for the sake of garnering favor with people who have strong influence in Chicago, isn’t it? No wonder Obama didn’t denounce Ayers and Dohrn. He can’t. Ayers is too great a part of his sudden political rise. So Obama not only has no problem hanging out with a terrorist who helped him rise, he doesn’t mind if the same guy is proudly poisoning America’s children with his own violent brand of “social justice and liberation” either. That’s Chicago politics for you. And nobody exemplifies Chicago politics better than Barack Obama.
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