Mary Grabar

Posted February 05, 2016

The Bill Ayers-Dinesh DSouza showdown on February 3, at the University of Michigan was billed as a debate about American exceptionalism. It began with Bill Ayers giving his opening statement, Every human being is of incalculable worth.

Posted October 15, 2015

I found myself halfway through the debate drifting off, with visions of unicorns leaping over rainbows in a brilliant green sustainable landscape where all citizens were peace-loving college graduates working in social justice jobs and free of college debt.

Posted October 03, 2014

Right around this time of the fall semester, after Id returned the first batch of papers, Id hear the complaint from my college freshmen: But I got all As in high school English! My colleagues heard it too, but our response was, But youre in college now.

Posted September 04, 2014

At one time socialists and communists sought to inspire a revolution through the schools. They did this by revising the history of the United States to make it appear that our principles would no longer serve in a changing twentieth century. The Soviet Union provided a better model, they claimed, and said so to their charges in the classroom.

Posted July 18, 2014

?Larry Grathwohl was one of a disappearing breed, from the working class, an American patriot, who had a clear moral vision. He fought communists in the jungles of Vietnam and then in their clandestine cells here in America. He was a gentleman, respectful of women, a loving father and grandfather.

Posted July 23, 2013

Larry Grathwohl, my friend and hero, has passed on to join the pantheon of other truth-tellers about communism.

Posted May 15, 2013

In 1969, hippies and the Vietnam War were abstractions to me, glimpses from photos in an occasional Life Magazine. I had not heard about the Weathermen.

Posted April 18, 2013

My antennae go up whenever any education initiative is associated with radicals, like Bill Ayers. We still don’t know why Bill Ayers was at an education conference with Arne Duncan and a representative from Achieve, the well-connected, Washington-based non-profit organizing this effort to nationalize education.

Posted April 05, 2013

When the radicals start defending “standards,” that’s when you have to become suspicious—of the standards. That is the case with Obama’s federalized education plan called Common Core.

Posted April 01, 2013

First we have a college student ordered to stomp on a piece of paper with the word Jesus written on it. But on Holy Thursday, the U.S. Department of Education sent out this video from the Teaching Channel with a seventh-grader face-down on a table in the front of the class waving his arms and legs to illustrate a crucifixion. This video, like the other ones this non-profit produces, is intended to show teachers exciting ways to incorporate Common Core, the federal education program of the Obama administration.

Posted February 16, 2013

Where to begin with the screed in The New Republic, “Original Sin: Why the GOP is and will continue to be the party of white people,” mislabeled “an historical investigation”?

Posted January 19, 2013

In 2009, during the economic “crisis,” states were offered part of the $4.35 billion in stimulus funds in a hurried contest called Race to the Top. After the initial application, they were told that they would have to adhere to national standards and testing called Common Core, sight unseen, and without any legislative input. Forty-eight states signed on initially; today, 45 states are committed to CC—although citizens and teachers are organizing against it.

Posted November 05, 2012

Liberal media outlets presented President Obama as a competent and compassionate leader in the time of a natural disaster, last week’s Hurricane Sandy. Some attribute Obama’s slight bump up in the polls to the hurricane.

Posted October 24, 2012

Sorry, fact checkers at Associated Press: you are wrong about Barack Obama’s claim that Mitt Romney’s accusation that Obama went on an “apology tour” was a “whopper” (of a lie). You sniffed, “Romney has repeatedly and wrongly accused the president of traveling the world early in his presidency and apologizing for U.S. behavior. Obama didn’t say ‘sorry’ in those travels.”

Posted October 16, 2012

Vice President Joe Biden, in his debate with Congressman Paul Ryan last Thursday, attempted one of many of the strategies liberals use when debating conservatives. The American public got a great display of advancements in cosmetic dentistry. The Vice President, however, failed to pull off the most popular of liberal debating techniques.

Posted August 21, 2012

Recently announced Vice Presidential pick Paul Ryan is being called a radical by the left for his fiscal policies. But no one would expect that anyone would imply that the Roman Catholic family man would be a Black Panther. Yet, the New York Times ran the headline "Paul Ryan, Black Panther?" on the day after the announcement was made. This was in a series called “Historically Corrected.”

Posted May 23, 2012

It was while I was driving from Florida, where I gave a presentation on education to citizens, that I heard from talk show hosts about the abuse by North Carolina High School social studies teacher Tanya Dixon-Neely towards a student who dared to challenge her diatribe about Mitt Romney’s alleged “bullying” incident from 1965.

Posted April 13, 2012

Why would GALEO (Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials), which lobbies against enforcement of immigration laws, thank “students” and “educators” (among others) for defeating Georgia bills restricting illegal aliens? Their April 9 newsletter joyfully announces in a headline “ZERO anti-immigrant [sic] legislation from GA passed.”

Posted March 14, 2012

What happens when an education editor wants to advance her own liberal agenda, even as her newspaper, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, brags about “Bringing Balance to Opinions”?

Posted February 22, 2012

In an age and time when I find most of my college students unfamiliar with the story of Adam and Eve or the origin of the phrase, “judge not lest ye be judged,” I enter discussions about religion with some caution. Almost universally my students do not believe that religious belief is necessary for morality, and seem to be offended by the very concept.