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Shapiro: Stop Surrendering Education to the Radical Left

This Independence Day, a poll from Issues & Insights revealed that only 36% of adults aged 18-24 said they were “proud to be American,” compared with 86% of those over the age of 65. This shouldn’t be surprising. America’s children have been raised in a system dedicated to the proposition that America itself is evil, a repository of discrimination and bigotry, a country founded in sin and steeped in cruelty.

This week, for example, the National Education Association, the single largest teachers union in the country, passed a resolution pledging to “Share and publicize … information already available on critical race theory (CRT)”; “Provide an already-created, in-depth, study that critiques empire, white supremacy, anti-Blackness, anti-Indigeneity, racism, patriarchy, cisheteropatriarchy, capitalism, ableism, anthropocentrism, and other forms of power and oppression at the intersections of our society”; and “Join with Black Lives Matter at School and the Zinn Education Project to call for a rally this year on October 14—George Floyd’s birthday—as a national day of action to teach lessons about structural racism and oppression.”

Meanwhile, the American Federation of Teachers is hosting radical grifter Ibram X. Kendi, who preaches on behalf of overt racial discrimination.

Now Americans are banding together to fight back against the indoctrination of the nation’s children. States have begun to ban the indoctrination of CRT in schools, for example.

But some thinkers are fighting back, suggesting that such content standards undermine the notion of a liberal education. In the pages of The New York Times, for example, a bipartisan group of thinkers excoriate such legislation as “un-American.” They argue, essentially, that the educational mission of “helping turn students into well-informed and discerning citizens” is undermined by such restrictions.

This completely misreads both the purpose of American education and the state of American education. First, the purpose of public education is to create “well-informed and discerning citizens.” But “citizens” is a specific word with a specific definition. According to Aristotle, a “good citizen” is a person who upholds the Constitution of his particular polis. If we teach our students to be bad citizens in the Aristotelian sense—citizens who disparage the polis with lies, who engage in tribal politicking rather than civic friendship, who insist that truth be subsumed in favor of intersectional sensitivities—we will wind up as a country with no future.

Second, American public education has all-too-often become a tool of those who wish to produce anti-citizens: those who wish to tear down the systems in the name of some higher or lower purpose.

No society can survive this in the long term. K-12 public education was not designed to be a free-for-all; standards and practices must be established. The only question is whose standards and whose practices. For the past several decades, the answer seems to be the radical Left’s standards, undermining key American principles like individual rights and equality before the law in favor of a utopian redistribution of outcome based on group identity. It is one thing to discuss the ideological perversion of CRT in order to combat it; it is another thing to indoctrinate in its central tenets. Our education system is currently far more likely to do the latter than the former.

That must stop. Good citizens have an obligation to stop it. Whether that happens through the mechanisms of civil rights lawsuits or through the mechanisms of local school board elections or through the mechanism of state legislation—all appropriate tools when it comes to defining how our children ought to be educated at public expense—radical indoctrination of our children must stop. To do anything less would be un-American.

Ben Shapiro, 37, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, host of “The Ben Shapiro Show,” and editor-in-chief of DailyWire.com. He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers “How To Destroy America In Three Easy Steps,” “The Right Side Of History,” and “Bullies.” To find out more about Ben Shapiro and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.

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Ben Shapiro was hired by Creators Syndicate at age 17 to become the youngest nationally syndicated columnist in the United States. His columns are printed in major newspapers and websites including The Riverside Press-Enterprise and the Conservative Chronicle, Townhall.com, ABCNews.com, WorldNetDaily.com, Human Events, FrontPageMag.com, FamilySecurityMatters.com. His columns have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor,Chicago Sun-Times, Orlando Sentinel, The Honolulu Advertiser,The Arizona Republic, Claremont Review of Books and RealClearPolitics.com. He has been the subject of articles by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Associated Press, and The Christian Science Monitor; he has been quoted on "The Rush Limbaugh Show," "The Dr. Laura Show," at CBSNews.com, in the New York Press, The Washington Times, and The American Conservative.

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  1. Good read! Could not agree more. At some level, there is nothing wrong with teaching, through comparison & contrast various (competing) systems like capitalism, Marxism, etc. However, “civics” needs to make a big comeback in our education system. Unless our citizenry understands our nations history (in full context), the basic elements & structure of governance and is exposed to the ideals & values of our foundational documents, we have no common bond and ultimately no HOPE of achieving a “more perfect union” in a multi-cultural, multi-racial constitutional Republic. Promoting TRIBALISM is a losing proposition. Plenty of example of FAILURE in that endeavor worldwide. As Lincoln appropriately noted…”A house divided against itself cannot stand.” On this course, sadly, the Chinese won’t have to wait until 2049 to become the dominant global superpower and leave the U.S in their rear view mirror…

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