Hey Teacher, Leave Those Kids Alone!

Thursday, March 22, AD 2012

Just a typical sample of the craziness that besets the land in the fourth year of Obama:

A Virginia middle school teacher recently forced his students to support  President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign by conducting opposition research  in class against the Republican presidential candidates.

The 8th grade students, who attend Liberty Middle School in Fairfax County,  were required to seek out the vulnerabilities of Republican presidential hopefuls and forward them to the Obama  campaign.

“This assignment was just creepy beyond belief — like something out of East  Germany during the Cold War,” one frustrated father, who asked for his family to  remain anonymous, told The Daily Caller.

The assignment was for students to research the backgrounds and positions of  each of the GOP candidates for president and find “weaknesses” in them, the  parent explained. From there, students were to prepare a strategy paper to  exploit those weaknesses and then to send their suggestions to the Obama campaign.

Liberty teacher Michael Denman, who declined to comment, unveiled the  assignment in mid-January when he broke the Civics Honor’s class into four  groups, one for each Republican candidate. The students were then to collaborate  as a group and research the backgrounds of their assigned candidate.

Denman assigned two kids to write a paper revealing the identified “weaknesses,” two to write the attack strategy paper and two others to locate an  individual inside the Obama campaign to whom they could send the  information.

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14 Responses to Hey Teacher, Leave Those Kids Alone!

  • We have to defeat Obama in this election, for if we don’t, this kind of thing will become the norm and in 10 years or less we’ll have the 4th Reich.

  • Teachers are obligated by their citizenship to teach the founding principles in civic class. The Declaration of Independence and our Constitution, and all freedoms. Minor students do not have informed consent. An education is to teach person how to think not what to think. No. It is not OK. His being honest is like a criminal telling you what crime he is about to prepetrate upon a person and this man already has. He has violated the trust given to him by the parents of the children and if he does not know his boundaries (RESPECT) he ought to be sent to the reeducation camp.

  • Is this satire….a Civics class assigned to dig up dirt to send to Obama. Interesting civics lesson. Beats the demanding task of researching the principles of federalism or something.

    Paul— I hate to tell you but this is the norm which is precisely why we now have an Obama presidency. Obama is the effect; this nonsense is the cause.

  • It is called “picking their brains”.

  • Andrew Coulson from Libertarian think-tank Cato Institute writes often about public school funding and its ineffectiveness in increasing scores. Since 1970, the money spent for each student for grades K-12 has tripled while test scores have effectively been the same. See: http://www.cato-at-liberty.org/this-one-is-of-the-charts/ for a recent article on it.

  • They teach your children what to think, not how to think. They inculcate their ideology and prejudices in your kids.

    It’s called brainwashing.

    The ’60’s reds graduated from Lenin and pot to poisoning young minds.

  • OMG. That is so Stasi-like. It’s almost as egregious as that butchering of a classic Pink Floyd song. You pained us twice in one post Don.

  • That Pink Floyd song means a lot less than the spin subsequently put on it. The Wall came out it the early 80s in Margeret Thatcher’s Britain. Roger Waters and co were doing a number (in both senses of the term) on the educational system in the UK which required among other things rote learning of poems and the multiplication tables. All children were Miltons and Newtons in the making. There is no need to require any effort on their part to master the basics. No need for discipline of any kind to ensure that the disruptive elements do not make school life a misery for the other kids. The end result of all this is plain to see; with the educational standards in the UK in terminal decline. Later on when it became apparent that the Warsaw Pact was falling apart, the shameless liberals made the album out to be some kind of allegory on the Berlin Wall, but in its origins it was no such thing. The Left has always hated Mrs Thatcher with a passion that that they could never quite work up when it came to the Communists.

  • Of course Comrade Obama would love to have your children snitch on you. Comrade Anita Dunn is a votary of Mao. Comrade Michelle has all the makings of a food Commisar. The only question in my mind is: are they really smart enough to carry it out? There must be some brainier guys behind this.

  • The outright arrogance of Comrade Barry and his minions in thier blatant and egregious attacks on everything this country ever held sacred is indicative of either incredible stupidity or a much darker secret that will be made public in th fall.

    It is my hope that the former is true, so that the only probelm we’ll have in January is forgiving the lemmings that supported the junta in the first place.

  • Whoever scripted the cartoon did an excellent job of exposing the crimes against freedom.

  • Ivan,

    I know all about Roger Waters’ political sensibilities. How can you listen to anything from Animals and on and not? He really went off on Maggie and Reagan on The Final Cut. As warped as he is, he’s still very talented in what he does (well, what he did prior to the late 80’s anyway when his love of self even got in the way of being creative). I still enjoy Pink Floyd music to this day and since I’m approaching 50, I probably safe to say I always will. I can disapprove of a lousy cover version of their songs and am happy to take an opportunity to offer a tongue-in-cheek comment here. Perhaps it’s not for everyone, but I bet at least Paul appreciated it. 🙂

  • RL us right wingers who love British rock just have to live with it. There may not be a single fellow in that music scene with his head on straight. I have a two cent theory as to why it has suffered a precipitous decline since. To wit, that as long they were sincere (they could be totally mistaken – the important thing is that they reflect the truth as they see it), the muses were indulgent, allowing them to make fabulous music. But when they turned out fabrications and crude propaganda, their skills withered and died.

  • Y’all are missing the bigger point. This can only happen when history and geography are ditched in favor of “civics” or “current events”. Teachers can’t so easily indoctrinate when they have a canon of established texts and subject matter to deal with. That is why, in all schools from kindergarten to graduate school, the radical Left has fought against what most people (from old-fashioned liberals to conservatives) think education should be about: for instance, learning about the great works of English literature from Beowulf on, or learning about British and American history, and such.

Cult of Personality-Take 2

Saturday, September 26, AD 2009

A followup to my earlier post on school kids singing a hymn of praise to Obama.  Hattip to Gateway Pundit.  Apparently the video was posted on YouTube by the proud teacher behind this piece of agitprop.

“We began to write the song after watching the Inauguration. Our school day is packed bell to bell with academics, but were usually able to spend the last five minutes of singing songs as short ELD (English Language Development) activities. Day by day we used this tiny window of time to brainstorm lyrics. As the song took shape, the children became more and more proud of their accomplishment. It soon morphed into a tribute to MLK and others honored for their work towards social justice.

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13 Responses to Cult of Personality-Take 2

  • “Oooo Im a proud American”

    “Political indoctrination in our schools-thank the NEA.”

    Donald, are you sure you’re not a closet hippie? Relocating to Canada anytime soon?

  • And miss participating in the rout of the party that you vote for Todd? Not on your glory & praise hymnal!

  • Swing and another miss, Donald. I don’t vote Dem on the federal level. We independents outnumber R’s by a 2-1 margin. We might well be a political force that exceeds both parties. Another try?

  • Actually Todd I believe Obama is a Democrat on the federal level and you have stated you voted for him.

    Here is a link to the politics collection on your website. You are as independent as Nancy Pelosi.


  • And from a comment you left on Inside Catholic last year:

    “I think you overstate the choice, Deal. Obama is a moderate. If he were a true liberal, he’d have moved beyond Nixon’s universal health care. A true secular liberal would be bringing the troops home on 21 Jan 2009, abolishing the death penalty, advocating same day registration and voting, resuscitating the ERA, overhauling the tax code, repealing NAFTA, legalizing cannabis, refinancing social security, signing Kyoto, and deporting Rupert Murdoch.

    The scare tactics are unimpressive, my friend. Some will be duped, but you are right this election does provide a clear choice. McCain will have to distance himself from the stain of immorality and incompetence of the past 7.4 years of Republican rule. As I’ve said elsewhere, the only thing saving the GOP right now is that in a two-party system the worst one can do is second place. If the US were a parliamentary democracy, W would already be gone and the party would be in shreds.”


    If you don’t regularly vote Dem on the national level, I suspect it is because you view them as too conservative.

  • “You are as independent as Nancy Pelosi.”

    Strike three. But you get a bonus point for the research … or the portfolio you keep on me. I’m a registered independent. Proudly so. I don’t believe the Speaker has abandoned her party affiliation overnight.

    It is true I view President Obama as a moderate Democrat. If he were as liberal as Dennis Kucinich, say, he would be unelectable. I disagree with his handling of foreign policy in Afghanistan. I don’t like the people he has in Treasury or their policies. But I’m a realist when it comes to politics.

    Getting back to your meme I don’t think you’ve uncovered indoctrination any more than some on the Far Left have uncovered racism in the opposition to the president.

    It’s more accurate to say this is a tussle over celebritism and anti-celebritism. Americans have their heroes: politicians, athletes, and media stars on the whole. And Americans also indulge an anti-celebrity streak, as you and many other Catholic conservatives do. It’s not a surprise that conservatives, still feeling the sting of getting mangled in the past two federal elections, are somewhat more anti- these days. After all, who do you have as a serious contender right now?

    Donald, I think you just need to look a little deeper than your hurt feelings. Otherwise, this kind of conservative commentary comes off as Oprah-worthy whining.

    Take the last word, my friend. This has been a tough one for you.

  • Let’s see Todd you don’t vote for Dems on the federal level but you did vote for Obama. You do see the contradiction therein don’t you? As for last year’s election Todd, I think it is good for Americans to give the Dems complete power every generation or so. It often serves as an innoculation against that particular mistake for quite a few years. Doubtless Todd we will be seeing more of you at AC as the outlook grows increasingly bleak for the Dems in 2010, and I look forward to it. Peace, Todd.

  • Todd:

    “Oooo Im a proud American” is a perfectly admirable sentiment. But in context–especially in the absence of anything similar pre-Obama–it’s clearly–and only–a pep rally for The One. And I know you didn’t miss this part of the chorus:

    “YES WE CAN!”

    Just admit it’s a ham-handed (and in the long-term ineffective) bit of political proselytizing and attack the outrage from another angle.

    BTW, I missed your NFL preview this year. I hope you didn’t peg the Lions as anything better than 3-13. The team is better, but that’s not saying much given last year’s historical milestone.

  • “I missed your NFL preview this year. I hope you didn’t peg the Lions as anything better than 3-13. The team is better, but that’s not saying much given last year’s historical milestone.”

    Though I like the Vikings and always have and they did well this past Sunday vs. the Lions, there is no way imho that they deserved to win that one game versus the Lions last year. Calls by the officials helped Minnesota. And then, it would have been Brad Childress’ team that lost the only game that Detroit won last year.

    Pro Football is a bit of an oddity, why some teams can do well every year and there are some teams that hardly ever do well. In general, I’m against the dominant teams. Before the Salary Cap; for some reason, money I guess, the Cowboys and the 49ers were way ahead of everyone else.

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