At Public School, Anti-Americanism Hides in Plain Sight

January 14, 2011 11:43

Tell people over and over again that America is mostly or even mainly characterized by racism, and you are teaching people to hate America. Or, as one eleven-year-old girl from another South American family told her classmates: “We hate America, but our parents are making us live here.”

January 14, 2011 – by Barry Rubin at Pajamas Media


Kids in the class constantly use the word “racist,” even when colors completely unassociated with human beings are mentioned — a black cat, for example, or automobile.

What happens when you tell young people over and over again that the most important fact of American history is the internment of Japanese during World War Two? In a single year, I watched as fourth graders were assigned four different readings on that topic while spending ten minutes on George Washington and zero on Abraham Lincoln. Their sole reading on September 11 was a story on how Kenyans reacted to the event — with no identification of who had carried out the attack.

What appears in textbooks will curl your hair. And I’m not talking about relatively high-profile issues like teaching about Islam (a topic that has never even been mentioned in my son’s school), but how they describe the economic system or world history. Some examples, all based on first-hand experience:

  • A math exercise in which the teacher uses a deck of playing cards, each of which is marked “Vote Obama” on the back.
  • A current-events discussion in which, even though Junior Scholastic referred to the Times Square bomber as an “Islamist terrorist,” the only correct answer is that this Taliban-backed Pakistani immigrant is a “home-grown terrorist.”
  • Days spent in unquestioning study of man-made global warming, with no mention even of a controversy. One student remarks afterward, “Due to global warming, it will soon be snowing in Africa.”
  • Despite having music class, the following dialogue takes place:

Father: “Did you learn the Star Spangled Banner?”

Son looks puzzled.

Daughter helpfully sings, “You know, ‘Oh, say can you see …!’”

Son: “What’s that?”

  • On Memorial Day, son draws pictures of soldiers during free time in school; teacher confiscates, makes and files photocopies, and warns him never to do that again.

This situation, to put it mildly, is a social disaster. The bills for this calamity will be paid in the future, just as today we are living in the shadow of the radical 1960s come to cultural, ideological, and political power.


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