Thursday, November 06, 2008

The "Early Intervention" of Liberal Indoctrination

I teach at a gymnastics club, in a blue state. During the final days of the election, parents and children were bleeding blue. Obama t-shirts were all around me, and kids were wanting to talk politics. I generally refuse to discuss politics with children, at any great length, as my professional role is to teach them gymnastics; not political indoctrination. And no matter how fair and balanced I may think I am being, no matter how seemingly objective, I accept that my partisanship may color my commentary. So I simply refrain, or give minimalist responses and steer the conversation away, back to gymnastics.

Yesterday, one of the girls I teach mentioned how her school teacher wouldn't tell her and her sister who she voted for. I said that was good. The girl then said but it was so obvious. She then went on to describe how some classmate may mention "Obama", and the teacher would smile and fawn; another might mention, "I heard McCain said such-and-such", and the teacher would say, "that's a lie, blah, blah, blah...."

Folks, we are losing the political culture war, and I'm convinced that it is due to the influence in the media and journalism schools; in universities; in Hollywood and pop culture; and in K-12 education.

I suspect that what takes place in this Ashville North Carolina classroom is all too common:

Teacher Diantha Harris browbeats McCain supporting student, Kathy,in Ashville N.Carolina grade school. The poor girl is obviously distressed over the teacher's line of question[in]g and belittling her choice of candidate in front of her school mates.
Kathy's father serves in the military.

The teacher's inability to perceive her own bias framing the "debate" and influencing young minds to her way of seeing the world and not in developing "free thinkers", is all too common not just in the classroom, but in journalism. So many reporters still cling to the dinosaur belief that their personal biases do not creep into their copy.

Liberalism is not just a disease: it's an epidemic mental disorder.

Hat tip: geeeeeZ!

MataHarley also blogged this over at Flopping Aces

Related interest: Scott's daughter terrorized by Obama kids

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Blogger christian soldier said...

The indoctrination has been going on for YEEEEars...
That's one of the reasons I HomeSchooled my off-spring...
The other is that I wanted ___to be able to read/write/do arithmetic...and THINK for _____!

Friday, November 07, 2008 9:01:00 AM  
Blogger My Files said...

And so it begins. Lets hope that we all look good in a burka.

Friday, November 07, 2008 9:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A classic case of cognitive dissonance...two ideas conflict. You believe you represent America but the evidence is that America rejected you. So, you must either abandon the idea that you represent America or you must either deny or re-interpret the evidence to maintain that idea. The longer you remain in la-la land, the more irrelevant you'll become.

Friday, November 07, 2008 6:07:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

You believe you represent America but the evidence is that America rejected you.


America remains a center-right country. Obama could only win by campaigning an image of a centrist, rather than a radical far leftist socialist. If 2008 was a referendum on conservative ideology, why did Prop 8 not pass? The election was far from a landslide, and there were several factors that went into our defeat this year.

Friday, November 07, 2008 7:46:00 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Exactly, Word. You were not abandoned, none of McCain's voters were. McCain received over 46% of the vote, far from a landslide. Obama received barely 2% more than President Bush received in 2004. Again, no landslide, in a year when it should have been a complete blowout. The Senate doesn't have the 60 vote filibuster proof majority either.

You are correct about the state of our education system. My son was in both private and public schools. Both have faults but the public schools were worse. The political correctness rampant among groups like the teachers union are the death knoll of free thinking young people. My son is a freshman in college now. There is no indication that it gets any better. And, yes, like so many other young people, he voted for Obama.

Check out Jonah Goldberg's column at TownHall. He has a terrific take on youth vs experience in voting matters.

Friday, November 07, 2008 8:29:00 PM  
Blogger Frank the Carpenter said...

Did you notice at the interview that most of the rhetoric and high-flying promises of the campaign were kind of shoved to the rear burner, now the important issues are things like "what kind of puppie should he ger" "how are the little girs doing" The Democrats are now trying to lower their expectations, and change theor direction...

Saturday, November 08, 2008 4:53:00 AM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Frank the Carpenter hit it. Now the mantra is and will be: "Well, c'mon, give us TIME, you know, two terms for president, as many terms as possible for senate and house."

It's ALWAYS easy, I've discovered as a supervisor and manager, to listen to people complain. But challenge them to actually attack problems and, moreover, to SOLVE them instead of just complaining? Oh, well, that's DIFFERENT and, imagine this, DIFFICULT.

Let's just see how well YOU do, Leftists, now that YOU are in power.

And we'll be sitting in easy judgment, just as you were sitting in easy judgment of us.


Saturday, November 08, 2008 1:15:00 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

Wordsmith, liberal teachers have absolutely no problem indoctrinating instead of teaching. Most people I know who have kids are now homeschooling for that very reason.

As far as Obama having won the election, it won't be long before many of his minions will turn on him. He won't be able to keep his promises and they will be very angry about it.

He has a website up,
If you scroll down you can read his plans on every issue. Check out the "National Security Link" and scroll down to: "Set the Goal of a Nuclear-Free World". Sounds good. I wish him luck with that! He may "seek verifiable reduction in all U.S. nuclear weapons", and talk to Russia until he's blue in the face, but I don't believe that Russia will go along with his grand plan.

Obama is very scary!

Saturday, November 08, 2008 3:14:00 PM  
Blogger The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Very odd....

Sunday, November 09, 2008 12:01:00 AM  
Blogger Dee said...

It is unbelievable the indoctrination that goes on in K-12 schools and colleges. I'm always amazed that we have so many Republicans when you consider how the media and the schools are all so far to the left.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008 9:47:00 PM  
Blogger knowitall said...

The left-wing illuminati have been talking about improving schools, but they won't be sending their children to a public school.

Thursday, November 20, 2008 5:42:00 PM  

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