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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Ramifications Of The Ferguson Attitude

For absurd posturing by racial minority fringe groups, read Heather Mac Donald’s The Microaggression Farce:  The latest campus fad, which sees racism everywhere, will create a new generation of permanent victims.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Big Brother Will Watch Over Your Children

Connecticut’s latest proposal to control people’s daily lives is reminiscent of atheist Richard Dawkins’s assertion that people who do not believe in Darwinian evolution should have their children taken away and placed under care of the socialist political state.

Connecticut Targets Homeschoolers
In the aftermath of the Newtown massacre, a state panel tries to restrict parental rights.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Scottish Renaissance In America

Scottish scholars were the most influential single group of teachers during the founding of the United States.  Today none of these great educators could find employment at major universities, because of their non-politically-correct understanding of reality.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Education As Bigotry


Monday, January 13, 2014

More From The Racist-In-Chief

Attorney General Eric Holder, who has done more than any Federal official in recent memory to exacerbate relations between the black and white communities, is at it again.

John Steele Gordon’s article on the Commentary website details the latest: School Punishment According to Race, not Behavior

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Training America’s Socialist Youth

A Textbook That Should Live in Infamy: The Common Core Assaults World War II

Monday, April 22, 2013

Letters From A Former Progressive

Mike Adams’s distillation of liberal-progressive, secular religion on college campuses.


…the main problem in higher education is not that we don’t teach religion at the university. The problem is that we teach false religion.

We teach kids that they may define the unborn as property if it will facilitate their sexual lifestyle or their economic well-being.

We teach kids that both their conduct and idea of right and wrong are determine by society and culture respectively.

We teach kids that man has the capacity to construct a utopian society so long as he is freed from the constraining idea that he is broken by sin and separation from God.

All of this is dangerous because it amounts to self-worship. That is dangerous because it requires a rejection of God, not just a rejection of tradition. Somewhere in the process, the idea of inalienable rights gets lost. Rights suddenly come from man. And that means man can take them away. These ideas have consequences.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Withered Fruit Of Progressive Education

While liberal-progressive educators preen themselves about teaching students “to think,” knowledge gained in public schools has declined dangerously since student activist days in the 1960s.  Along with the diminished breadth and depth of subject knowledge has come a reduced ability to reason systematically and to understand the nature of the degradation of society wrought by liberal-progressivism.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Unexpected Aspect Of Education Cost

See Three Cheers for Emory University, by Joseph Salerno on The Circle Bastiat website.

Mr. Salerno’s article highlights the strong connection between graduate education and the social sciences (a concept invented by French socialists in the late 18th and early 19th centuries).  Since the ending decades of the 19th century in the United States, graduate study in social sciences understandably has been driven by the ideology of socialism.  This led to creation of the eastern liberal establishment, notably Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, and our present-day liberal-progressive-socialist, Barack Obama.

The underlying precept of social sciences is the scientistic belief that only the intelligentsia understands what is wrong with society.  Only the intelligentsia, our self-appointed guardians, have the special knowledge to create social and political structures to compel the rest of us to conform to behavioral modes that the socialist intelligentsia find acceptable. 

For more extensive background, read The Corruption of Public Education: How It Happened.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Teachers’ Unions Promote Anti-American Socialism

Teachers Fill Marxism Conference to Map Future Indoctrination of School Kids