Anyone who reads articles outside the Mainstream Media is well aware of the lack of diversity of thought on college campuses today. Students with opinions outside the conventional left-wing mantra inevitably face brutal retaliation, often accompanied by administrative reprimands. David Horowitz, Ann Coulter, and outstanding organizations such as FIRE (www.thefire.org) have for years been at the forefront of the fight against this intolerance. But liberal indoctrination doesn’t start at college, and very few people dare to confront the dogmatism at younger ages. Sam Besserman, who is twelve, is a noteworthy exception.
When Sam was first brought to my attention he sounded too good to be true. His father, Ira, sent me a column that Sam had written that was published on American Thinker. The article, written when he was eleven, described some of his educational experiences. When I noticed the word “misandrist” (with which I was unfamiliar), I asked Sam’s father whether his son actually wrote the column. He related how Sam had approached him while writing the essay, inquiring whether there was a similar word to “misogynist” for people who don’t like men. The two of them did a little research and found “misandrist.” I figured this must be one smart kid.
When I met Sam, I found that not only was he exceptionally bright, he was awfully principled for a skinny little kid. Whereas most students – from elementary school through post graduate work – are loath to challenge educators who substitute their political beliefs for educational material, Sam has been willing to confront the orthodoxies of the education establishment. Unfortunately, this establishment existed in a liberal Jewish environment.
Sam started to question the process as early as nursery school, and continued through second grade. He noticed that he was only provided feminine role models, not only by in-class personnel, but also in the books and projects on which they worked. In addition to becoming dismayed by the attempt to feminize the young males, he observed that there was no attempt to encourage male role models. I asked if he was ever encouraged to read stories about baseball players, male elected officials, or other historic men; the answer was no.
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