Founded on the leftist
tenets of "social
justice" – which
contends that capitalism and economic inequality are
monstrous evils that must be replaced by a socialist system
wherein all differences in wealth have been eliminated – a virulent
strain of anti-Americanism has infiltrated the teacher-training
programs in most American universities. As such, anti-American
instruction has made its way into a large number of the
nation's K-12 classrooms.
In the 1980s, many radical anti-war
activists from the Sixties and Seventies acquired a new
identity and became tenured college professors. They resolved to
alter their former revolutionary tactics by now trying to influence
American culture from "within the system" rather than from
outside of it. Prominent among these radicals was William Ayers,
a founder of the infamous Weather Underground terrorist group. In
1984 Ayers enrolled in Columbia Teachers College, where he earned
a Ph.D. and emerged as a Professor of Education at the
University of Illinois at Chicago. He then launched a new career,
directing his revolutionary energy into changing classroom curricula
instead of setting bombs.
Ayers has been on a decades-long
mission to transform public education into anti-American
indoctrination, and to persuade young people to demand that
their government assume ever-increasing control over the economy,
politics and culture of the United States. Ayers is a leading
advocate of "social justice" teaching and "critical
pedagogy," which focus on getting students to believe that
they are victims of an unjust, oppressive, and racist America which
can only be transformed by
means of "the advocacy of more egalitarian access to income
through state-sponsored redistribution" – i.e., socialism.
Typical classroom lessons under such a system concentrate exclusively
on America's historical sins rather than on its positive
accomplishments. More brazen than most of his comrades, Ayers speaks
openly of his desire to use America's public-school classrooms to
train a generation of revolutionaries who will overturn the
supposedly imperialistic, oppressive, racist, sexist, and classist
regime of capitalist America.
Adapted from "Social Justice: Code Word for Anti-Americanism," by Eagle Forum (January 2009).