Just what I need on a Sunday morning: a head explosion.
Some background while I gather my thoughts and brains…last night, among the various freakouts and huzzahs after Bernie Sanders lapped the field in the Nevada Caucus, was this observation, from conservative pundit Paula Bolyard:
“It’s breathtaking to contemplate that a socialist—again, I remind you that Sanders is not a member of the Democratic Party—could be a legitimate contender for the presidency. It seems unthinkable that millions of people who lived through the Cold War, and remember the fear and loathing of all things Soviet, will march to the polls in lockstep in November to pull the lever for Sanders, and yet here we are. Thousands upon thousands of Baby Boomers, who should know better, have already voted for the aging bolshie in Iowa, Nevada, and New Hampshire.
Make no mistake: the Democratic Party is in thrall to socialism, if not communism. Those in the younger demographic, in particular, are increasingly demanding free everything—and the younger you go, the more stuff they’re demanding….They’ve been mal-educated in our public schools and universities and believe they are on the right side of history by supporting socialism.”
It’s hard to think about, but these kids aren’t going to stop until they get socialism—good and hard…Only then, when the quality of life they’ve become accustomed to as privileged Americans has become a distant memory, will they see the light.”
Bingo. Among the many groups accountable for a fantasist like Bernie being a factor in the 2020 Presidential race are multiple generations of lazy parents who paid little attention to what their children were being taught in elementary school s and high schools, and the textbooks they were reading. The anti-American Leftists bred in the campus uprisings of the Vietnam era took over faculties up and down the educational system, leading to curriculum (and worse, editorial comments) that opposed core American values rather than explicating them. The process continues, and could not continue without widespread parental apathy.
Now on to what exploded my head. During a history lesson in an advanced placement class at Loch Raven High School, a powerpoint presentation included a slide that featured a photo of President Trump above a swastika and hammer-and-sickle.
Over the President’s image are the words “Wants to round up a group of people and build a giant wall.” Below, the words “Been there” mark the swastika, and “Done that” appear under the picture hammer-and-sickle. A banner on the side reads “Oh that’s why it sounds so familiar!”
I’d pull my child out of that class until the teacher was removed, the school’s administrators apologized and a remedial presentation was prepared and presented. And that would be just the beginning.
The article about this nauseating episode had several smaller head-explosion triggers, like,
“Parents are questioning whether… the teacher was spreading political ideology.“
Gee, I wonder whether a teacher who shows that slide is spreading political ideology. Huh. That’s a real puzzle! Who is dumber, a parent who asks that question after a res ipsa loquitur like that, or the teacher who puts up a such a slide without being deterred by its analogies being factually and historically dishonest?
The parents didn’t want to be identified because they’re afraid of negative repercussions for their children at the high school.
Why are parents allowing their children to attend a school where pointing out irresponsible, misleading, purely political propaganda presented in a history class will result in “negative repercussions”? What turned American parents into terrorized weenies incapable of standing up to an unethical bureaucracy? If you can’t trust a school and its teachers, then get your children out of that school as fast as you can, and go to war.
This is the epitome of a duty to confront situation. Why is that a difficult concept for Baltimore parents to grasp?
This one caused an explosion that knocked over my coffee mug. A Baltimore County Public Schools spokesperson said:
“This slide was used as part of a lesson in an AP History course. The topics being discussed included World Wars and the attempts by some leaders to limit, or prevent migration, into certain countries. In isolation and out of context with the lesson, the image could be misunderstood. In our Advanced Placement (AP) classes, which are college level courses, we expect and encourage analysis and discussion around historical and current events even if they are considered controversial. This lesson was not intended to make a political statement. If a student has concerns when discussing a controversial issue, schools have the tools to address the concern and support the student.”
How stupid does a parent have to be to hear that and think, “Oh! All right, no problem.” Of course that slide is a political statement; it’s “Resistance” Big Lie #3. The statement is a Jumbo: “Elephant? What elephant?”
And this phenomenon, my friends, duplicated in schools and classes all over America for decades, is why my Facebook feed is crawling with supposedly educated people who think Bernie Sanders is wonderful.