During Dr. William Baer’s talk at this past Monday night’s Rochester 9/12, a long term education person brought up an observation that I have seen myself:
I video’d teachers and other “educational professional’s before – here at a meeting of the Moultonborough School Board – to the point where a parent called them out over it: “you’ve crossed a line”. I’ve seen / heard the same thing around the blogosphere. One such post was a recent one by Kyle Olson over at The Blaze (emphasis mine, reformatted):
Kyle Olson, the founder of the Education Action Group and the co-author of Glenn Beck’s newest book “Conform: Exposing the Truth About Common Core and Public Education,” said Tuesday that there is “open contempt for parents” among many of the progressives involved in running America’s school system today. One of the times the contempt is most apparent, Olson said on Glenn Beck’s radio program, is when parents are told they can’t criticize the education system if they are not professional educators.
“They will … belittle anyone who does not have an education degree, because obviously the implication is, ‘Well, if you are not an expert, then how can you possibly know anything?’ But parents know what is in the best interest of their child. They know their kids,” he said.
…One of the counter-arguments presented in “Conform” is to use the same reasoning about issues like war, climate change and more. By the same logic, if you haven’t fought in a war, you shouldn’t have an opinion on it, he noted. Or if you are not a meteorologist, you shouldn’t have an opinion on climate change.
Stroll over to my “Progressives and The Proper Role of Government” post and review what they say about the children. Progressives, in their own words, believe the children, YOUR children, DO belong to them.
Yes, I will break Godwin’s Law: do you know who ELSE said “We don’t need you. We have your children“? Yes, that would be Nationalist Socialist, Herr Goebbels. But then again, in the same post, First Lady Michelle Obama said “We can’t just leave it up to the parents.” – not exactly a resounding affirmation that our kids belong to US (and not The State).
And then there is this:
Chester Pierce, for example, is a professor in the Department of Educational Psychiatry at Harvard University, and a major architect of the development of the “new” American citizen for the global village. Professor Pierce told 2,000 teachers attending the Childhood International Education Seminar in Denver, Colorado in 1973: “Every child in America entering school at the age of five is insane because he comes to school with certain allegiances toward our Founding Fathers, toward his parents, toward our elected officials, toward a belief in a supernatural being, and toward the sovereignty of this nation as a separate entity.
It’s up to you, teachers, to make all of these sick children well by creating the international child of the future.”