…if they are showing this film!
In the process of completing the draft of part II of the Tyranny in America series, I happened across this Glenn Beck Clip analyzing a film being shown to our students right now in school. I had to break away to briefly post on this.
The film was developed and sponsored by the TIDES FOUNDATION, which is linked to Wade Rathke, the Apollo Alliance, Van Jones, the ‘green network’, even to Parenting Magazine, and many others. Go to this site for a critical analysis of this network, and perform the muckety analysis yourself.
The full version of this film is here and has been captured on this blog’s vpod. I don’t think you will find it amusing.
The Alarm is Ringing
Would you be shocked if I told you that this has Bill Ayers written all over it? And just like Michael Moore’s new film “Capitalism”, is designed to take the behavior of a few and use it to justify the destruction of America–its economic system, principles, and founding? Probably not.
In my opinion this shows the twisted implementation of the ideas of Brazilian educator Paulo Freire . Two books come to mind: “Pedagogy of the Oppressed“, and “Education as the Practice of Freedom“. Both of these books call for an educational system that ‘teaches’ through presenting capitalism as the root of oppression of all individuals. It links the root of peasant experience to capitalism, and essentially, America. “Pedagogy” is a style of instruction:
Pedagogy or paedagogy is the art or science of being a teacher. The term generally refers to strategies of instruction, or a style of instruction.
For example, in this pedagogy, the word ‘tractor’ not just taught of how to spell the word and pronounce it, it is linked to why you do or do not have a tractor, how it contributes to the village economy, and who is preventing you from having it. In the pedagogy shown in the film, America, the U.S. Government, is beholden to the corporations capitalism, which because of it, is raping the world of natural resources. Link those three underlined words.
Freire is a popular icon and instructor of all Marxist educators and politicians, and radical leftists in the United States, particularly Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, the SDS, and the Apollo Alliance. Freire’s influence is right here in the Tides Foundation film, implemented through the Foundation’s directors and founders, who were all students of these methods.
In 1992, Freire completed the book, “The Pedagogy of Hope” –hmm, where have I heard that combination of words?– in which “hope” cannot be used alone, but can enhance the technique of political education:
Regardless of one’s knowledge and background of Freire, or what has become known as the ‘Freirean method’ of education, Pedagogy of Hope effectively clarifies the central elements espoused in Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Freire continues to discourse on the theme of political education through expanding upon the differences between an authoritarian ‘banking method’ of education versus a dialogical ‘problem-posing’ education. Specifically, Freire’s focus in Pedagogy of Hope revolves around the significance of pedagogical dialogue in both the language and content of education which is based upon a democratic relationship between teacher and student (p. 119). Freire carefully deconstructs language as a powerful tool capable of cultivating either dominance or freedom.
“Progressive” educators in the United States have locked onto Freire, whose very pedagogy derives from a Marxist philosophy:
Thus, the task of democratic progressive education includes the enabling of “the popular classes to develop their language…which, emerging from and returning upon their reality, sketches out the conjectures, the designs, the anticipations of their new world” (p. 39). It is language which forms a knowledge of living experience that is essential to the practice of a pedagogy of hope.
“Their new world” is the Marxist vision of the vanguard leading the proletariat to revolution over capitalism, and ‘correct’ education is a key tool. Our entire history as a people and nation is boiled down to capitalism preying on the poor and the rest of the world. It is essentially a denigration of and attack on individual liberties.
In this kind of educational dialogue, “American” principles and values cannot be taught for what they are and how they apply now; they are disassembled into various forms of capitalism and oppression. Even though the ‘progressive’ educators want to democratize the educational process, it is their anti-American and anti-capitalist viewpoint only that is allowed:
Freire maintains a progressive vision premised upon the democratic participation of families, social organizations and communities in choosing the content of education. In the same way that language must begin with an understanding of popular discourse, so too should the programmatic content of education be chosen by the people. The simultaneous reading of both context and text, or what Freire terms a “reading of the world and a reading of the word” (p. 105), is integral to the content of problem-posing education. Freire’s vision of “democratizing the power of choosing content” (p. 100) does not imply the complete withdrawal of the educator. Rather, a dialogical relationship between both the educators and the educands will ensure that the content is situated within the people’s “reading of the world” (p. 111), and within an environment in which the educator can also offer his or her own analysis of the world. This formulates Freire’s defence of adult literacy education which empowers people to engage in dialectical solidarity through a critical awareness of the world.
I think it behooves us all as Patriots, whether we have children or not, to begin to start asking some serious questions about the school’s curriculum–probably history, political science, civics, or American government. If you don’t get a straight answer make sure you find out, and provide an alternative education on American principles for them. Try giving your high schoolers the novel Rise to Rebellion, or read it to your grandkids.
And be aware this is happening at the grade-school level, quite early. Notice in the film we have been discussing here the tone of the teacher, and imagine what grade level this could be advanced in.
I realize this has been quite a rant, but, I remember as a college student being taught this stuff on Freire. Now it is everywhere in the school curriculum at quite an early age. How was I lucky enough to escape this?
Bill Ayers is a professor. See how the weatherunderground went even further underground, being ‘professors’ and respected ‘community organizers’?
I am not blind to the excesses of capitalism, the corporate infiltration of government, nor to environmental damage. But I don’t see those as a reason to throw America’s principles down the drain. These excesses are now the reasons why, in the Cloward-Piven framework, America’s entire system must be dismantled and our economy destroyed.
And they are preparing the children, to put pressure on the parents,to accept this change through films produced by foundations and implemented by ‘progressive educators’.