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I was expecting this to happen. I just didn’t know where it would originate. This weekend, in Evanston, Illinois (home to “elite” Northwestern University) a group of “leaders in education, politics, and other areas” called for a halt to the teaching of history in all the schools in the state. That is until more “suitable” methods of teaching history can be found.
No one should be surprised. The armies of darkness keep pushing and elected to high office keep surrendering. In Evanston the Democratic mayor Steve Hagerty, in true ankle-grabbing fashion, issued his weaselly statement,
“As Mayor, I am not comfortable speaking on education, curriculum, and whether history lessons should be suspended. This is not my area. Personally, I support House Bill 4954…”
Spoken like a true bottom feeder, in the tradition of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, or any of the other big city Democratic mayors. They have become the rubber stamps for the mob; all they have is their titles and armed guards. Forget them; everything they do and say is completely irrelevant.
For us, we’re way past references to Howard Zinn and, even, George Orwell’s prescient warnings concerning the rewriting of history (both of which I’ve posted about myself). We’ve gone much further.
Instead, we need to be asking, “What comes next?” Now, it’s history. What other subjects will be deemed “unsuitable” for young people? Will such subjects as Algebra and Chemistry need to be shelved while “suitable alternatives” are developed? Don’t scoff. Did you think there would come a time when we had elected representatives and other “leaders” demanding that history be rewritten?
I believe that, sooner or later, we will have to admit that our public education system is irretrievably lost. It has become such a morass of leftist groupthink that it will never be able to fulfill its primary mission. The idiocy that once was the domain of our colleges and universities has been pushed down to our high schools and, even, our primary schools. To pretend otherwise is folly.
My own feeling is that we need to make the difficult choice to shift more and more of our education dollars to private and charter schools. Yes, this will serve to further damage public schools, but, given the fact that they have become completely unresponsive to both students and parents, I do not see any alternatives.
Here at Ricochet, I continue to see the same arguments for, and against, Trump. To me, all these arguments have become immaterial. The meaning of this election goes far beyond Trump and Biden; it means the difference between an educated citizenry and a “confederacy of dunces”. Today, Betsy DeVos is one of the most important people in the Federal government. We need to keep her there.Published in