Friday, January 30, 2009

Education issues ARE conservative issues

By Carolyn J. Fosdick

During the 2008 presidential election, a video played on national TV where elementary school children were singing Obama's campaign slogans. In the weeks since the election, there seems to be more and more examples of liberal brainwashing in our schools. Reports of these instances of liberal bias being taught are wide-spread, from elementary students crying if they don't say the liberal side, to college students penalized, possibly with lower grades, if they state a conservative belief.

To illustrate, before the election, a public school teacher asked her class to wear blue to support Obama on the Tuesday prior to the election. Since she did not ask Republican children to wear Red for McCain, she had no right to do this.

The most upsetting video, shown on October 7, 2008, was a radical-appearing band of middle-school youth dressed in similar black clothing with an Obama emblem on their shirts. Marching back and forth while clenching their fists and making other warlike motions, they appeared martial in their actions, whiling chanting praises to Obama. In the background was a banner with an Obama insignia on it. It was obvious that that the group had practiced this routine often while they were in a public school during their class, while having their teacher, who was paid for with taxpayer money, drill them. Evidently, the taxpayers never protested using tax money for this purpose.

Brainwashing our youth in liberalism with no rebuttal from the conservative side should come front and foremost in the educational issues of today's world. Why? How easily we forget the lessons of history. Remember Hitler's Youth? Boys were inducted into Hitler's Youth at age 10 for physical and military training. They were also taught to hate Jews, to believe in Aryan supremacy, and to spy and report on their parents, often getting their parents in trouble with the Gestapo police. Girls had similar programs. This childhood brainwashing worked. Hitler's Youth formed Hitler's army in World War II, obedient soldiers that knew no different way to think and were incapable of thinking for themselves.

Obama is not, however, the main point I am stressing in this educational problem. Obama's campaign just gave prime examples of indoctrination.

This is my point. Liberal views are invading our classrooms more and more, drowning out conservative issues. Far too many American children are presented with just one side and this is often the liberal side. Going hand in hand with liberal brainwashing is political correctness out of control. Students daring to state a conservative viewpoint are often labeled a racist, a homophobe, or a sexist. These labels are not only embarrassing, but also damaging to the student so accused. Few dare to open themselves up for this type of criticism.

It is of extreme importance that all sides of ideology are taught in the classroom. Conservative taxpayers must become informed of any kind of one-sided dogma taught without other side's also being taught, if done in public schools with public funds.

From preschool through state supported colleges and universities, Conservatives must become more involved in what our schools are teaching. Brainwashing just the liberal side of an issue in public schools must stop. Please give me your opinion on this timely educational matter.

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