Sunday, May 27, 2018 by Jayson Veley
Should teachers play a role in political activism and ideological indoctrination? According to one teacher in the state of Arizona, the answer is yes.
Late last year, Arizona K-8 schoolteacher Noah Karvelis took to social media to urge his colleagues to bring politics into the classroom, and to specifically address the issues of gun control, white supremacy and anti-capitalism.
“Teaching is political and silence is complicity,” Karvelis wrote on his Twitter page back in December of 2017. “Things more educators should discuss especially if they work with young (white) men in the classroom in 2018: gender, feminism, and #MeToo, race, gun violence.” What makes this even more disturbing is that these weren’t kids in high school or even middle school that he was talking about; these were young children in elementary school, most of whom have impressionable minds and aren’t capable of questioning things that their teachers tell them in the classroom.
Furthermore, a group called AZ Liberal Watch noted that Karvelis has questionable teaching qualifications at best, tweeting in part: “He’s barely been certified to teach and he has deficiencies in Arizona & U.S. Constitution certificates. Do you really want someone like this teaching your children?” (Related: This U.S. university is now offering anti-Trump resistance training to students.)
The answer, of course, should be no. Truthfully, America’s education system is currently at a crossroads – we can either go down the path whereby education is centered on traditional subjects and accurate accounts of American history, or we can go down a path whereby education is politicized, and students are turned into young activists rather than independent thinkers. Obviously, the former will lead to a much more intelligent and productive society, but it’s still shocking that there are elementary school teachers like Noah Karvelis now openly supporting the idea of turning our schools into political indoctrination camps. (Related: Many of America’s universities are turning into social justice indoctrination centers that put academics last.)
It’s not just teachers that are trying to turn students into liberal activists, though. In April, Fox News reported on a new Advanced Placement honors American history textbook that is set to be released next year called “By the People: A History of the United States.” The book implies, falsely, that President Trump was able to defeat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election largely because his supporters were racist.
“Most thought that Trump was too extreme a candidate to win the nomination, but his extremism, his anti-establishment rhetoric, and, some said, his not-very-hidden racism connected with a significant number of primary voters,” wrote the book’s author, New York University professor James Fraser. The textbook also alleges, without any real evidence whatsoever, that the results of the election were ultimately brought about by voters that “were afraid of a rapidly developing ethnic diversity of the country,” as well as individuals that wanted to see the United States return to an earlier time in the nation’s history.
Just based on these short excerpts alone, it becomes obvious that the book “By the People” was never designed to give students an accurate account of the 2016 presidential election, nor does it even make an attempt to remain unbiased. Rather, this textbook, just like hundreds of other school books and teachers across the country, exists for the sole purpose of indoctrinating young people with left wing, anti-conservative propaganda. Our children will be the ones paying the price for this sort of classroom bias, not only because they will inevitably turn into liberal advocates and activists as they move into adulthood, but because they will grow up not knowing how to think independently.
Read more at LeftCult.com.