Gary North (www.garynorth.com), August 31, 2018
Portland, Oregon, is known in Portland as Portlandia. There was a cable TV comedy series about it. It ran for 8 seasons on the IFC channel, whose slogan is this: “Always On. Slightly Off.”
Leftists see Portland as their city. I don’t mean just political Leftists. I mean counterculture Leftists. This subculture looks back fondly to the late 1960’s. But it is high tech, of course. Imagine a bald man with a gray ponytail. He is texting while walking. A middle age man on a bicycle runs into him.
The Portland public school system has paid $63,000 to buy a booklet for its 3,500 teachers: Planning to Change The World – A Plan Book For Social Justice Teachers. Here are highlights:
They praise Che Guevara, feature Black Panther founders, promote Islam, and several communist sympathizing mentions.
There’s even a section to help teachers to stop using offensive and oppressive terms such as “boy” or “girl” in an effort to be more sensitive to trans and gender non-conforming students. These are designed to cater to kids as young as 5 years old. . . .
Then they launch right into promoting Islam, by specifically mentioning the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.
Then they take a quote from activist Pervez Musharraf: “Islam teaches tolerance, not hatred; universal brotherhood, not enmity; peace, and not violence,” while also asking students to ponder what eco-feminism is.
To end August, they feature Black Panther founder Fred Hampton’s birthday and a quote from him.
As September starts, they celebrate the anniversary of the founding of North Korea.
In what should come as no surprise to anyone who follows extreme leftist organizations, for September 11th, they make no mention of terrorist attacks. But they do list the Islamic holiday of Muharram starting on September 11th.
But fear not, they at least give a shout out to World Car-Free Day for September 22nd.
They feature Che Guevara in one of the quotes. . . .
Most people reading this article know what December 7th is. But instead of honoring those who lost their lives in the Pearl Harbor attack, this teacher’s guide celebrates the birth of Noam Chomsky.
Giving credit where credit is due, at least they mention Christmas. But notice it’s in a thinner type font than everything else. Including Kwanzaa. Yes, Kwanzaa gets bold type font and Christmas doesn’t.
The planner takes a new year’s break to address how teachers should stop saying “boys and girls” because it offends transgender students. All three of them. . . .
For April, they encourage students to “demand gun control.” . . .
The planners end with a set of certificates that teachers are encouraged to award students. One such award features a quote from Assata Shakur, a violent Black Panther activist who escaped from prison and fled to Cuba in the 1970’s after murdering a police officer in New Jersey. She is now one of the FBI’s most wanted and there is a $2 Million reward for her capture.
The story is here. It includes reproductions of pages that prove every point made in the summary.
This booklet is so far around the bend that I am not really upset about it. It shows just how out of touch the far Left in America is, especially those people associated with the public school system.
The booklet is a direct assault on everything middle-class in the United States. These people are self-conscious. They regard Che Guevara as a hero. They have not yet figured out what historians on the Right have known for at least 30 years, namely, that Fidel Castro knowingly sent Che Guevara to his death in Bolivia in 1967. Fidel was a calculating dictator. “Better a dead martyr in Bolivia than a big-mouth troublemaker at home.” Guevara had been verbally hostile to the Soviet Union, comparing it to the United States as an oppressor. This was risky for Castro. It might alienate his Soviet overseers, and they might cut off aid to Cuba. So, he sent Guevara to Bolivia. At the end of his life, Guevara told the arresting authorities that Castro had betrayed him.
Here’s reality: these Leftist educators are losers. In the booklet, one of the bearded Leftist heroes featured is Roger Alvarado. He helped lead the student strike at San Francisco State College in 1968. That student rebellion led to the elevation of S. I. Hayakawa as
acting president of the college. Hayakawa got so much publicity with his bullhorn and his tam-o-shanter that he was elected to the United States Senate.
I looked up Alvarado yesterday. There is a 2008 account of a visit that he made to the campus 40 years later. He had not been on the campus since 1968. He spent his life as a carpenter. That surely is a lot more productive than spending his life in the public school system. I am happy about his choice. But if we are talking about having an effect on society, he was a loser. He got Sam Hayakawa elected Senator.
The average teacher is not going to pay any attention to this nonsense. Also, the average teenager is not going to remember that December 7 was the birthday of Noam Chomsky. I intend to forget it myself. What upsets me is this: parents and voters in the city of Portland won’t do anything about this. The bureaucrat who made the decision to spend $63,000 to buy this booklet for teachers will not get fired. There will be no exodus from the public schools. This will not be a tipping point. The voters and the parents will shrug their shoulders and go on with their lives.
We should not be surprised that dedicated Left-wing agitators should publish a book like this. I suppose we should not be surprised at this late date that parents and voters in Portland have shrugged their shoulders. But what does continue to surprise me is that parents who do not share the opinions of Leftist ideologues continue to send their children into the public school system. It is so cheap to educate a child at home today by means of online programs that there is no excuse to continue to send children into these laboratories of Leftist indoctrination.
My opposition to the public school system is not based on the fact that some bureaucrat can distribute a booklet like this one. My opposition is based on the fact that parents are not in control of the education of their children. The only way to control any outfit is to control its funding. Parents have turned education over to the state. They accept tax funding of education. That tradition started in Massachusetts, first in the 1640’s, and then in the 1830’s. It has not stopped. The Puritans did it to reinforce the Puritan establishment. The ecclesiastically tiny but culturally dominant Unitarian establishment consolidated its power by means of its control of the schools beginning in the late 1830’s. They used the schools to build their theocracy.
We should support the separation of school and state. That is a hard doctrine to preach. It is an assault on the political establishment of every nation and every municipality. The public schools are the established churches today.