Thursday, September 03, 2009
Indoctrinating Your Kids?
Sometimes it amazes me how brazen the Obama Administration is getting. Earlier this week, we learned of the National Endowment of the Arts wanting artists of all stripes to help propagandize the American public through their particular media (under the table, of course). Now it appears Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is getting into the act.
A clip from the Secretary's letter reads . . .
"In advance of this address, we would like to share the following resources: a menu of classroom activities for students in grades preK-6 and for students in grades 7-12. These are ideas developed by and for teachers to help engage students and stimulate discussion on the importance of education in their lives. We are also staging a student video contest on education. Details of the video contest will be available on our website www.ed.gov in the coming weeks."
In addition, according to columnist Joshua Rhett Miller, "Students in grades pre-K-6, for example, are encouraged to "write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president. These would be collected and redistributed at an appropriate later date by the teacher to make students accountable to their goals."
Kind of reminds me of a whole lot of historical and literary references, including the little hellions in George Orwell's "1984" who betrayed their parents to Big Brother. No, we're not there yet, so spare me the outrage. But things like this can certainly help pave the way.