Sunday, October 05, 2008

Too far out for even the Gramscians

A repost:

In an earlier post, I reported that the Olentangy School District recently adopted the Marxist nonsense found in Ruby Payne's A Framework for Understanding Poverty as part of "the literature that forms the research base" of the district's Continuous Improvement Plan.

Then, in today's version of the
Gramscian email rag, the Teachers College Record, the first analysis conducted on Payne's travesty reveals a framework that has no basis in research, or reality for that matter -- powerful stuff coming from the Gramscians at the Teachers College of Columbia University. But, then again, Stalin and Trotsky fought an intellectual and political battle that ended with an ice axe to the forehead.

Despite claims of research, the district administration was either hoodwinked by Payne and her Marxist doublespeak, or they purposefully selected Payne's text since it aligns with their worldview.

Regardless, the book selection shows that Olentangy is leading its students down a path that is opposite the ideals that founded this nation.

So now that you know what the administrators read, is it any shock when the staff creates reading lists full of perverse books?1


1. The book that started the reading list controversy remains on this year's list. Must be acceptable to the superintendent as he has allowed for three years running.


Anonymous said...

What "list" are you referring to? I have found no list of texts that students have to read or have to choose from. Are you referring to "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time?

Anonymous said...

I am continually amazed at your and your followers fear of words. The ideals in books are not what we should fear, it is the ignorance of ideas that we need to fear. You seem to want to promote ignorance of any idea that you don't approve of so I guess your ideology is the one to fear, an ideology of conformity and ignorance.

Luckily the majority of Olentangy citizens and the citizens of the US have rejected your ideology.

Jim Fedako said...

1:33 --

You have it all wrong. I just don't want to be forced to pay for it. Got it.

But, to your point, those "ideals" which you espouse are the "ideals" your parents would have considered perversity.

Why not simply take your own family down that road? Why do you want to force someone else's children to read it and others to pay for it?

Since when did forcefully polluting the minds of children become such a desired (enjoyable?) end? I truly wonder about folks like you.

Anonymous said...

Many (most?) books are written with the sole purpose of changing minds. Authors have axes to grind. In government schools children are subjected to indoctrination using books that are meant to lead them to pre-determined outcomes. Adults are also subject to indoctrination. Example: Oprah Winfrey's Book Club and her TV/radio church of Eckart Tolle. Government schools and the Marxist-controlled media force-feed the masses with Marxist propaganda. The masses are too lazy to question anything those in control stick in front of them. It is the ignorance of the truth that we should fear. And neither children nor adults receive the truth from government schools or the MSM. Citizens don't have enough smarts to reject government ideology.

Anonymous said...

In 1936, the National Education Association stated its position, from which they have never wavered; “We stand for socializing the individual.”

The NEA in its “Policy For American Education” stated, “The major problem of education in our times arises out of the fact that we live in a period of fundamental social change. In the new democracy [we were a Republic] education must share in the responsibility of giving purpose and direction to social change. The major function of the school is the social orientation of the individual . Education must operate according to a well-formulated social policy.”

Paul Haubner, specialist for the NEA, tells us, “The schools cannot allow parents to influence the kind of values-education their children receive in school; that is what is wrong with those who say there is a universal system of values. [Christians?] Our (humanistic) goals are incompatible with theirs. We must change their values.”

And that is the explanation for the curriculum, the books, the Social Studies classes, the Gifted Classes.

Anonymous said...

No child is forced to read anything. They can opt out of any reading assignment they want.

What you fear is that other children and even their parents will read something that is against your ideology.

There was a time when the idea that a black man would be treated the same as a white man was considered perverse. Same for the treatment of women. This was changed through the power of the word. Americans changed their minds on these issues through thought and debate. Today it is a different set of topics and some will change our minds and other will not. That is the power of a free society.

And we get you don't want to pay for it because you don't want to pay for any form of education.

Jim Fedako said...

Thanks you. Your perverse ideas proved my point.

note: Stay away from my kids.

Anonymous said...

I'm confused; what perverse idea did the writer at 6:24 put forth? What he wrote is true because racism and sexism used to be accepted. I am not sure what you meant by your comment.
And I still don't know what you mean by a reading list. I can't find one. I do know what my kids have read in high school and middle school, and almost all of it with only a couple of exceptions have been classics, but I still don't see a specified list anywhere.

Anonymous said...

Olentangy must be different from all other schools if students can opt out of any reading assignment. Our child couldn't even opt out of the sex. ed. at her government school. When I told the principal we did not want her in the class he lied to us and said Ohio's law required her to be in it. Does that sound like opting out is possible? But this is just silly. It is not possible for children to opt out. Outcome Based Education requires that all children end up with the same attitudes, beliefs and behaviors. The curriculum is designed to make that happen. No Child Left Behind means that ALL CHILDREN will receive the same teachings. The Proficiency Tests are testing to see if ALL CHILDREN have been changed by the curriculum. Children aren't allowed to opt out of the indoctrination. A father of a very young child in Massachusetts was arrested and jailed when he protested his child being forced to take part in the school's curriculum for normalization of homosexual behavior.

Anonymous said...

Yes, and there was a time (oh, say, about twenty years ago,) when the idea that a man would have sex with another man was considered perverse. Same for the sexual behavior of women. This was changed through the power of the word. Americans changed their minds on this issue through indoctrination by government schools, books written to pervert children, TV, movies, magazines, psycho-babblers, activism by homosexuals, liberals in so-called churches.

Anonymous said...

How does one opt one's child out of books or courses that teach the theory of evolution as if it were fact? If parents do not accept the theory of evolution as fact and do not want their child indoctrinated with the belief that that theory is a fact instead of an unproven theory what are those parents to do? When, as a child in a government school, I was assigned a Biology text book that included the hoaxes about evolution and treated the hoaxes as facts, what options would my parents have had? There were no alternative Biology text books that did not push hoaxes as facts. The same thing goes on today. And what of the lies we have all been taught from our History books? Should not parents be allowed to sue for damages when school employees teach children things that are untrue?

Jim Fedako said...

8:12 --

6:24 built a logical strawman.

Please note my choice of words. No one would have said that books which addressed (say) racism were perverse. Those books challenged the prevailing social standards, but they did not detail bizarre sexual behaviors for young children.

6:24 knows what I am talking about (likely 6:24 is an Olentangy teacher).

You can find more by searching this blog. Or Google Young Adult Literature to find out what folks want young children to read -- teachers, librarians, writers, etc.