Townhall.com Why should liberals want to change the public educational system when it is turning out the product they have been striving for years to produce?
Check out these real news headlines from the past several weeks and months about the state of public education across the country:
--"U.S. teachers tell U.N. sex is a 'spectrum' -- advocate mandatory classes to free students from 'religion'"
--"Principal orders (Ten Commandments) yanked from school lockers"
--"Teens ask for more sex ed, greater condom availability"
--"University defines Christians as 'oppressors'"
--"Why Catholic Schools Score Better Than Public Schools"
--"Teachers take charge to save ailing public schools"
--"Texas Schools' Mandatory Arabic Classes Create Firestorm"
--"District taking money, but censoring Christians?"
--"No opting out of pro-gay school propaganda"
--"District pays up for slamming student's rosary"
--"Judge cites homeschoolers for violating U.N. mandate -- Police interrogate parents, confiscate their curriculum"
--"Some say schools giving Muslims special treatment"
On Dec. 27, 1820, Thomas Jefferson wrote about his vision for the University of Virginia (chartered in 1819): "This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow the truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it."
But what should happen 200 years later when our public schools and universities avoid the testing of truths? Or suppress alternative opinions because they are unpopular or politically incorrect? Or no longer tolerate opinions now considered errors or obsolete by the elite? What happens when socio-political agendas or scientific paradigms dominate academic views to the exclusion of a minority's even being mentioned?
What happens when the political and public educational pendulum swings from concern for the tyranny of sectarianism in Jefferson's day to secularism in ours? What happens when U.S. public schools become progressive indoctrination camps?
Dr. Jim Nelson Black, founder and senior analyst of Sentinel Research Associates, wrote "Freefall of the American University," which is an excellent book. In it, he documents the clear biases pervading our public academic settings. Among that lopsidedness is the intentional training of students to disdain America, freely experiment sexually, forcefully defend issues such as abortion and homosexuality, and become cultural advocates for political correctness, relativism, globalization, green agendas and tolerance for all. Read More: http://townhall.com/columnists/chucknorris/2011/03/08/public_education_progressive_indoctrination_camps