Thursday, April 24, 2008

Spogging blotty

The real world intrudes. I hate it so much. Here's Sol Stern in City Journal on the destructive and influential social-justice pedagogy espoused by Bill Ayers at the University of Illinois:
Ayers’s politics have hardly changed since his Weatherman 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.
An earlier piece by Stern is even more acidic:
The readings that Ayers assigns are as intellectually stimulating and diverse as a political commissar’s indoctrination session in one of his favorite communist tyrannies. The reading list for his urban education course includes the bible of the critical pedagogy movement, Brazilian Marxist Paolo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed; two books by Ayers himself; another by bell hooks, a radical black feminist writer and critical race theorist; and a “Freedom School” curriculum. That’s the entire spectrum of debate.
Just for the hell of it, here are Billy Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn not remembering Ward Churchill teaching them how to make bombs:

(via Paxety's Pages)

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