I think most of us are in agreement that the fight against the leftist domination of education from the primary grades right through the university is one of the most important fights of all right now—and that, although an ounce of prevention would have been worth at least a pound of cure, we’re going to have to go for the cure because it’s way too late for the prevention.
There was a discussion on this thread about how best to go about the huge task. Should the focus be on establishing and consolidating more of the alternative conservative institutions of learning, as well as the spread of methods such as homeschooling, or should it be on the attempts to influence and take back our public schools and mainstream higher education?
I maintain it shouldn’t be an either/or choice, although it’s tempting to just go the separatist route because that’s easier than trying to work from within the belly of the beast. But separatism’s a form of preaching to the choir, with the danger of becoming more and more of a minority cult that doesn’t reach the majority of people, who then continue to become more and more entrenched in a leftism which is increasingly accepted as mainstream and baseline and ordinary. And so it would seem to be that the prevailing leftist attitude must be successfully challenged on its own educational turf if it’s going to be defeated, and if an alternative message has any hope of reaching a significant enough number of young people to stem the growing leftist tide.
That said, here’s an organization, the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization, (hat tip: William A. Jacobson of Legal Insurrection) that seems worthy of considerable support, despite the fact that it’s a separate institute rather than a way to transform mainstream education. As I said, both are necessary.
And on the mainstream public education side, John Hinderaker has an excellent piece analyzing the new educational standards for social studies. He finds some bad and some good there. Liberal PC thought dominates in two important ways, the first being what Hinderaker calls the Balkanization of the subject. Over and over, the emphasis is on “demographic interest groups,” and one of those groups is most definitely not white males.
Another constant is this:
Beyond the tiresome (race, class, gender, zzz…) and the false (big business causes racism), an obvious feature of the new social studies standards is the banishment of any sense of the heroic in American history.
My guess is that “the heroic” does remain in the curriculum, but that it’s mostly limited to members of those special interest groups such as blacks and native Americans. Oh, and Abraham Lincoln, one of the few honored exceptions to the “white men bad” rule.