Kyle Olson

Unfortunately for traditional America – the one that values independence, free market capitalism and limited government – too many aging radicals from the 1960s and ‘70s have found their way into government school classrooms.

Some, like Bill Ayers, found a home in the hallowed halls of higher academia. Today he collects a pension from the very government he vowed to destroy just a few short decades ago. Others, like Robert Roth, set their sights on K-12 education.

As these former Abbie Hoffman wannabes matured a bit, they realized they had to – in the words of modern-day radical Van Jones – drop the radical pose to achieve the radical ends.

So they don’t call for warfare and setting bombs anymore. They don’t call press conferences and vow to kill the pigs or topple American imperialism.

Their new goal is to alter traditional American culture by indoctrinating the young students in their charge. They spending precious class time teaching our children about their vision of America, which would be equal to all other countries; where the efforts of motivated individuals are sacrificed at the temple of forced collectivism; where the laws are driven by moral relativism and truth that comes in shades of gray.

One example of their work is a documentary called, "It’s Elementary – Talking About Gay Issues in School,” which was deemed “an indispensible and unparalleled resource for all school personnel” by former National Education Association president Reg Weaver.

The film, which unsurprisingly aired on PBS in the late 1990s, chronicles how activist teachers tackle sex issues with young elementary students. One clip shows lower elementary students debating the merits of gay marriage.

Another clip features an interview with one Robert Roth, who was listed as an eighth-grade social studies teacher.

Curious about Roth, I googled him and – funny – virtually the only picture I could find of him was on a 1970 Wanted poster from the Chicago Police Department. Along with Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn and other radicals, Roth was a member of the Weather Underground and was wanted for his participation in the “Days of Rage” riots in Chicago.

Prior to that, Roth was a leader of the Columbia University chapter of Students for a Democratic Society. According to U.S. intelligence information made public in an unrelated court case, Roth was a leader of the SDS-led student riots at the college in 1968.

He’s a perfect example of an activist dropping the radical pose to achieve radical goals in our classrooms. And nobody seems particularly concerned about that.

Wake up, America. These people might have grayed a bit and put on ties, but they are the same old revolutionaries who oppose virtually everything that made our nation great. They are preaching their rhetoric to naïve students who believe everything they hear, just because the teacher says it’s so.

And the worst part is that Roth and friends are being paid to subvert American values with the tax dollars of hard working Americans.

Those same hard-working Americans are the only people who have the power to successfully demand that former domestic terrorists be banned from public school classrooms.


Kyle Olson

Kyle is founder of Education Action Group and EAGnews.org, a news service dedicated to education reform and school spending research, reporting, analysis and commentary.

He is co-author of Glenn Beck’s “Conform: Exposing the Truth About Common Core and Public Education,” available at Amazon.com.

Kyle is a contributor to Townhall.com.

He has made appearances on the Fox News Channel, The Blaze, Fox Business Network, NPR and MSNBC. Kyle has given scores of interviews on talk radio programs coast to coast.

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