Sunday, March 19, 2006

"High School Indoctrination"

Sol Stern discusses the K-12 indoctrination problem

..Bennish might have been uniquely fatuous, but he is not unique. There are smoother, more effective Bennishes everywhere in our great American high schools. That’s one reason why our graduates are so full of self-esteem and have all the right attitudes, but actually know less math, science and history than their counterparts in most of the world’s industrialized nations. Indeed, although political indoctrination in our universities gets all the attention, it is even more widespread and dangerous in our elementary and high schools. The younger the students are, of course, the less likely are they able to withstand – or even detect – attempts at social and political thought control in the classroom. At least the higher education professoriate denies that it favors using the classroom as a political bully pulpit. By contrast, the K-12 public school establishment has adopted a quasi-official pedagogy that encourages the classroom teacher to shape students’ beliefs on controversial issues like race, gender, sexual preference, and American foreign policy.

The documentation on this is so extensive that Jay Bennish might have a pretty good Nurenberg defense: “my union and my professional teacher association made me do it.”

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