Tuesday, October 07, 2008

"Bill the Bomber" on Education

Bill Ayers, in Venezuela (where else?) on education:

...at a November 2006 education forum in Caracas, Venezuela, with President Hugo Chávez at his side, Ayers proclaimed his support for “the profound educational reforms under way here in Venezuela under the leadership of President Chávez. We share the belief that education is the motor-force of revolution. . . . I look forward to seeing how you continue to overcome the failings of capitalist education as you seek to create something truly new and deeply humane.” Ayers concluded his speech by declaring that “Venezuela is poised to offer the world a new model of education—a humanizing and revolutionary model whose twin missions are enlightenment and liberation,” and then, as in days of old, raised his fist and chanted: “Viva Presidente Chávez! Viva la Revolucion Bolivariana! Hasta la Victoria Siempre!”

(So far no one has mentioned that Bill the Bomber's wife is from Whitefish Bay, WI. Another interesting side-note: Ayers named his first son "Malik" after the newly Islamic Malcolm X and the second son "Zayd" after Zayd Shakur, a Black Panther killed in a shootout that claimed the life of a New Jersey State Trooper.)

At any rate, what the Hell is 'humane' education? I get the 'revolution' part--propaganda begets those things--but 'enlightenment and liberation'?

THIS jackass is teaching "education" at U of Illinois?

Contrast with the new Chesterton Academy of Minnesota, (HT McIlheran)

The headmaster of the school tells Kersten that organizers are setting out to give children two key things they probably won't get from your typical school: "the 3,000-year-old body of knowledge -- literature, philosophy, theology, history, art, music, drama -- that is their greatest heritage as human beings," and the idea that there is a such a thing as moral truth and that it extends beyond whatever "values" one might choose

Seems to me that "enlightenment" and "liberation" spring directly from the truth (and you may capitalize "truth", folks...)

HT: PowerLine

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