Bill Ayers, Educator Extraordinaire?


            I have a degree in education and I am concerned about Bill Ayers the educator.  One of the problems with our schools is people like Bill Ayers setting the agenda for new teachers.  I do not understand why this guy has a voice anywhere.  Forget how he knows Barak Obama!  Why is this man being allowed to radicalize our schools?


            Ayers views on education are troublesome at best.  Here is a man who thinks our form of government is bad.  Here is a man who sought to violently overthrow our government.  We should not hold a person’s past against them forever—I believe in redemption, but only when it is appropriate.  Redemption is appropriate only when a person has learned from the mistakes of their youth and changed their basic philosophies.


            Ayers, by his own testimony, is happy about his past, well, not completely happy—he should have done more.  Done more!  He was responsible for the murder of innocent people in the 70s; so I guess the desire to do more includes killing more innocent people.  Thank God this man was not as good a terrorist as he wishes he was.


            Here is why I do not think people like Bill Ayers should be allowed to influence education in America.  They do not believe in traditional forms of education, but in using education to change the social structure of the country.  We cannot compete in math and the sciences because men like Ayers want to take the place of parents teaching young people what their morals should be.


Do not get me wrong, I think he should be allowed to teach, someone has to keep these outdated ideas alive, but he should not be permitted to shape education.  Of course, as long as schools like the University of Chicago exist we will have these radicals who want to control our society through education, rather than merely educate our children to compete in the modern technological world.


Where do these concerns of mine come from?  They come from interviews and writings by Ayers himself.  In a 1995 interview Ayers had this to say about himself and his beliefs:  I am a radical, Leftist, small ‘c’ communist…[Laughs] Maybe I’m the last communist who is willing to admit it. [Laughs] We have always been small ‘c’ communists in the sense that we were never in the Communist party and never Stalinists. The ethics of communism still appeal to me. I don’t like Lenin as much as the early Marx.” 


Now, I no longer have a bone to pick with the communists, we defeated their ideology because as nice as it sounds it just does not work in a world full of men like Bill Ayers.  It is just that I think communists belong in a museum, not university classrooms shaping the next generation of teachers.


We do not need to let teachers in the classroom cater to the needs of children without regard for the basic education that must occur.  Liberals should raise their children to believe their own brand of government.  Instead, they want to raise our children as well.


We do not need another generation of home grown domestic terrorists who believe the way to disagree with the government is to declare physical, violent war on the government they are protesting.  How disingenuous can you be?  Bill Ayers position is best summed up like this:  We do not believe in the Vietnam War.  We are against violence.  Therefore we are going to bomb government buildings to show our nonviolent ways.


I do not believe this man should be allowed anywhere near our children—even though he is honest enough to admit that he is still a Marxist.


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