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The Role of 'Educators'

LeishaC Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 8:01 AM
After 10 years in private education, I joined the public school system this year. I just started teaching Animal Farm to my sophomores (in a large and diverse Florida county), and i am amazed at how many of them do believe in the greatness of America and have common sense opinions about the role of government and civil liberties. I don't attempt to proselytize them into conservative thinking, but I do challenge their assumptions on a daily basis, and ask them to think critically about what words mean. They're learning that just because something sounds like a good idea, doesn't make it so. Over the years, so many of my former students have told me that studying Orwell under me was an eye-opening experience. So I soldier on...
Bill110 Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 8:14 AM
In addition to discussing Animal Farm, go back in American history and resurrect the documents that were used prior to 1918. After 1918 is when the revisionists changed the text books and began to denigrate the founders of our country.
YESWECAN Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 8:14 AM
And you may be doing wrong. Teach only the subject you were hired for.
NewJAl Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 8:08 AM
To my knowledge, Animal Farm was written by a Communist, who believed the Soviet has done Marxism incorrectly. But I believe it will always be done incorrectly, as there is not way you do God's work by the Devil's methods. And it always comes down to that. Make life better by lying to people? I don't think so.
And we are being inundated by lies of commission and omission.
Thank you, LeishaC.
America is exceptional. The great-grandchildren of immigrants and of WW11 veterans should not have their minds perverted by hate-mongers.
LeishaC Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 8:11 AM
That's exactly how I teach it. Yes Orwell was a socialist who thought the USSR just did it wrong. But socialism/communism can never be done right, It presupposes that mankind is generous and selfless, but human nature is, at its core, selfish. Someone has to decide what everyone's "ability" is and then what everyon's "need" is. The decider has all the power and the people have none. It cannot help but become a tyrannical system. In my class we discuss this at length.
OBAMA-DRAMA Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 8:17 AM
OBAMA-DRAMA Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 8:03 AM
Read my posts below for proper insight and definitions.
LeishaC Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 8:06 AM
Are you saying that mine aren't "proper"?
OBAMA-DRAMA Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 8:11 AM
LeishaC... your post was indeed proper. I should have said.. read those of mine above and below for added insight and definitions.
3204 Wrote: Jan 08, 2013 10:51 AM
You are a credit to all teachers. I hope my daughter follows your example.
Many years ago, as a young man, I read a very interesting book about the rise of the Communists to power in China. In the last chapter, the author tried to explain why and how this had happened.

Among the factors he cited were the country's educators. That struck me as odd, and not very plausible, at the time. But the passing years have made that seem less and less odd, and more and more plausible. Today, I see our own educators playing a similar role in creating a mindset that undermines American society.

Schools were once thought of as places where a...