If you believe the Teachers College of Columbia University, the leading theorists in education are still Karl Marx and John Dewey. Let's talk about the promotion of Marx, as if 100 million dead is not enough.1
I know, I know, there he goes over the top again. But, I don't make this stuff. I just read it and pass it on -- editorial comments included.
Simply subscribe to TCRecord This Week, the weekly email update from the Teachers College Record -- it's free -- to see what drives the agenda in so-called elite education colleges. This week's edition is just another example of the nonsense that goes by the name of scholarship. Read the lead article, Learning Democratic Reason: The Adult Education Project of Jürgen Habermas by Stephan Brookfield, before it moves from free content to subscription-only content.
By the second page, you will have been treated to passages such as, "Giving up 'the old Marxian dream of total change' is necessary in Habermas's view if we are to work to achieve realistic and specific social change in particular contexts." Not to fear, as "(a)t times Habermas refers to himself as a Marxist, declaring in one breath that 'today I value being considered a Marxist.'"
According to Habermas, Marx failed because he didn't synthesize his theories with democracy. You see, Habermas simply wants a blend of Marxism and democracy -- the Habermas utopia. Hmm, that sounds suspiciously like the public school vision of utopia.
Yes, the whole stew is there, piled high with Marxist rhetoric, steeped in a broth of the theories -- materialism, etc. -- that drove the world to madness.
Keep in mind that the Teachers College is one of the leading education schools -- teachers of public school teachers. Again, I don't make it up, I just report it.
Note to Olentangy residents: The Teachers College Record considered the nonsense of Ruby Payne to be over-the-top; too far out. Yet, this is the agenda running your schools, an agenda you support with your tax dollars.
1. The estimate of the number of noncombatants killed by communist/socialist governments in the Twentieth Century.