Today, Ayers and Dohrn sit on the board of Movement for a Democratic Society, which has been guiding a resurgent “SDS” of student activists who intimidate conservative speakers on campuses.
Ayers laid low until after the election. But now he and Dohrn enjoy invitations on the speaking circuit, many for their latest book, “Race Course Against White Supremacy,” whose premise is that as long as the U.S. remains capitalistic it will remain racist.
The wish to overthrow capitalism repeats young Ayers’ fantasies of the “red army” marching in to take over amidst the chaos of protests, as he describes in “Fugitive Days.” Dohrn once laughed about the Charles Manson murders. A professor at Northwestern University School of Law, she now directs the Children and Family Law Justice Center.
Ayers is vice president of the curriculum studies division in the 25,000-member American Educational Research Association.
But declining national test scores and widening racial disparities show a failure of Ayers’ “progressive” methods. In spite of upwards of $150 million spent on the Chicago Annenberg Challenge achievement scores were not raised, as Stanley Kurtz has pointed out. As education writer Diane Ravitch, citing parents’ complaints about their children’s low achievement, notes, it is minority children who are usually the most harmed by the education methods promoted by Ayers.
The trajectory of inmate to teacher to bomb thrower to fugitive to graduate student at Columbia Teachers College, and then to “distinguished professor” at a public university that educates future teachers might seem to be a strange one. But Ayers’ influence is felt far and wide. Most people know him only as someone with a terrorist past who palled around with Barack Obama.
But, in the classroom, Ayers continues to work for the overthrow of our government as he trains future teachers, as I’ve described in my reports for America’s Survival. I’ll also be participating in a conference on “Communism in the Classroom,” with America’s Survival President Cliff Kincaid and Grove City College Professor and Townhall columnist Paul Kengor on August 20, 2009. It begins at 12:30 p.m. in the First Amendment Lounge of the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. For more information and to read the reports, please go here.