1. dennymack

    …and yes, I went to those ed. schools, and I am a teacher. I have never had an ed teacher who was not at least a bit of a leftist. (that’s about 0 for 18) I have taught at moderately successful schools, and at the very elite schools, and only the vocabulary of the discourse changes, not the content.

  2. dennymack

    Ayers and Zinn have won the battle for American education. Go into any ed. school class relevant to the social sciences and you will hear their views on the primacy of race/class/gender to the understanding of history, and the re-working of American history to emphasize injustice and racism. Massive criticism of the US, no mention of non-Western injustice, slavery or poverty.
    Lift the “other” and talk down the West, and you are on the right track. Say anything that deviates from this, celebrate the wonders of the West, and you will be looked at as uneducated, and racist until proven otherwise. (It cannot be proven otherwise, so get used to it or shut up.) We are basically screening teacher applicants, only leftists or those willing to be quiet an nod at abhorrent ideas may pass.
    In this way, Ayers and Zinn (to use them symbolically) are creating a generation that will willingly participate in the destruction of the legacy of the West, because they have never heard a good thing about it, and they are so convinced of the failure of their society that they can’t imagine its success. They are so ignorant of the true nature of our society that they may not even know when they are changing its fundamental essence.

  3. Stephen Diamond

    That thought had indeed occurred to me.

  4. Busta Capps

    Isn’t the “new American student” just another version of the “new socialist man?”

  5. Stephen Diamond

    There were significant strikes in the US over the next few years by miners, auto workers (GM Lordstown), postal workers, teachers, printers (Washington Post) and more. Of course, globally there was Paris 1968, Hot Autumn in Italy 1969, the Prague Spring Uprising (which caused Dohrn/Ayers comrade in SDS Mike Klonsky to drop his support of the USSR and switch to Mao!). Ayers and Dohrn’s crowd completely misread the American working class.

    Clearly, they were never the brightest bulbs in the shed, to say the least. What this says about the decision of the Obamas to become “family friends” with them I leave to my readers.

    I do think that even with the late 60s upsurge the relative conservatism of the cold war era AFL-CIO limited the ability of trade unionism to provide any guidance to young student radicals. But the Ayers/Dohrn crowd would have resisted that guidance in any case.

  6. Larry

    “just as that labor movement was about to enter one of its most active phases since the Great Depression?”
    Well, maybe that wouldn’t have taken much “activity.” Or perhaps I missed it up here in Detroit.
    But I agree that one of our problems today is that activists of the ’60s rejected careers in the industrial working class. Here we are today with corporate “partnership” dominating all major unions, without serious challenge. The rank and file are paying the price, without experienced alternative leadership.
    Wonder if the upcoming activist-to-be generation will make the same misguided choice?

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