NEW YORK – A new book offers a full-throated plan for a socialist United States, and wouldn’t you know domestic terrorist-turned-educator Bill Ayers is right in the middle of it.
The book, “Imagine: Living in a Socialist USA,” is published by the capitalists at HarperCollins.
Among the contributors are leftist luminaries like convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, communist Black Panther-turned-professor Angela Davis, Frances Fox Piven of “Cloward-Piven Strategy” fame, and Ayers.
Ayers’ chapter is titled, “Teach Freedom!” which seems bizarre, given the book is a strategy for creating a socialist America, which by its very nature is authoritarian and hostile to individual freedom.
But the retired, America-hating education professor – who’s currently enjoying a nice pension funded by U.S. taxpayers – isn’t bothered by such contradictions. He likes to use the language of freedom to sell his vision of socialistic enslavement.
He does this in the book by calling for “freedom” in education. To the normal person, educational freedom would include things like offering families a variety of school options – charters, private schools, “cyber” schools – and providing them with vouchers so they can send their children to whichever school best meets their needs.
That’s not what Ayers means at all.
In fact, he bashes K-12 reform advocates who want alternatives to government-run traditional public schools. Ayers accuses them of promoting a capitalistic view of schools that treats “education as a product like a car or a refrigerator, a box of bolts or a screwdriver – something bought and sold in the marketplace like any other commodity.”
Ayers blasts this approach of education as “an individual consumer good” – instead of as “a public trust” or “a social good” – because it sorts students into “winners and losers.”
“In the schools as they are here and now, knowing and accepting one’s pigeonhole on the towering and barren cliff becomes the only lesson one really needs,” the radical education professor writes.
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