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Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Role of Educators

Dr. Thomas Sowell of the Hoover Institution in California is one of our most impressive scholars, writers and commentators on important American issues. He wrote a recent column I would like to share with you called "The Role of Educators." He said, schools were once thought of as places where a society's knowledge and experience were passed on to the younger generation. But about 100 years ago, a professor at Columbia University, who thought he was smarter than the rest of us, came up with a very different theory of education. John Dewey said the role of a teacher should be as an agent of change, someone strategically place with our young to train and condition students to want a different kind of society. Now, a century later, John Dewey is lionized as a great man and, unfortunately, he is now known as the most influential man in education today. Public schools all over America are indoctrinating students to believe all sorts of un-American notions. Students are taught History that emphasizes everything that is bad in America, or can be made to look bad, and very little space is given to our country's great achievements. Thomas Sowell says, if you think he is exaggerating, get a copy of the book called "A People's History of the United States" by Howard Zinn. That book has sold millions of copies and it is used in hundreds of U.S. high schools, poisoning the minds of millions of students against their own country.

Meanwhile all sorts of fictitious virtues are attributed to non-Western societies, and in the name of multiculturalism their worst crimes are shrugged off by saying "Who are we to judge?" Political correctness forbids us to criticize evil actions in other countries. The result is, American schools are teaching our kids that America is not worth defending, either domestically or internationally. And it's all being done with our taxpayers' money.

Listen to the radio commentary here:

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