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Obama's Real Problem With Ayers

[COMMENT:  From a good friend who works in the Alabama education department -- for educational sanity.  Question: Is Ayers really associated with Obama in the way suggested below?  Is he in the running to become Obama's education czar?   If so, education is in for more and deeper trouble.  Either way, get your children out of public education.     E. Fox]

Obama's Real Problem With Ayers


   http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=308271974461547   Oct 7, 2008

Election '08: At an education forum in Venezuela, Bill Ayers showed the real issue is not his terrorist past. It's the socialist revolutionary agenda that he and Barack Obama want to impose on the nation's schools.

Still more evidence of how the media are in the tank for Obama was evident in Tom Brokaw's description of Ayers on Sunday's "Meet The Press."

"School reformer" is how Brokaw identified the co-founder of the Weather Underground, the radical organization that, among other activities, bombed government buildings, banks, police departments and military bases in the early 1970s.

Yeah, right: Ayers is a school reformer in the same sense, as City Journal's Sol Stern put it, as Joe Stalin was an agricultural reformer.

An idea of what Ayers has in mind for America's schools was provided in his own words not 40 years ago when Obama was eight years old, but less than two years ago in November 2006 at the World Education Forum in Caracas hosted by dictator Hugo Chavez.

With Chavez at his side, Ayers voiced his support for "the political educational reforms under way here in Venezuela under the leadership of President Chavez. We share the belief that education is the motor-force of revolution. . . . I look forward to seeing how . . . all of you continue to overcome the failures of capitalist education as you seek to create something truly new and deeply humane."

Ayers told the great humanitarian Chavez: "Teaching invites transformations, (remember Shirley McCune's radical comments about transforming society through education)it urges revolutions large and small. La educacion es revolucion." It is that form of socialist revolution that Ayers, and Obama, have worked to bring to America.

Ayers, now a tenured Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Illinois, Chicago, works to educate teachers in socialist revolutionary ideology, urging that it be passed on to impressionable students.

As Stern points out, "Ayers and his education school comrades are explicit about the need to indoctrinate public school children in the belief that America is a racist, militarist country and that the capitalist system is inherently unfair and oppressive."

If Ayers was just another nutty professor, we'd be lucky. But he wields great influence in academic circles and has had Obama's ear. He's the author or editor of 15 books. Chicago's current mayor, Richard M. Daley, has employed Ayers as a teacher trainer for Chicago's public schools and consulted him on the city's education-reform plans.

Just last month, Ayers was elected vice-president for curriculum for the 25,000-member American Educational Research Association. (www.aera.net)  AERA is the nation's largest organization of education-school professors and researchers.  (One of their prior presidents is Dr. Linda Darling Hammond who served in 1995 and is the education advisor for Obama's campaign.  She's  involved with NCATE and is frequently cited in education research and has even written reports on teaching used in Alabama and consulted with Alabama's A+ Foundation).

In a recent interview on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor," Obama

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Date Posted -  10/27/2008   -   Date Last Edited - 09/15/2012