Monday, November 02, 2009

Rules For Radicals

If the maxim is true, we are what we read, then the NEA's book recommendation tells us much about what they want their teachers to become.

The National Education Association recommends its teachers read Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals and Reveille for Radicals as "An inspiration to anyone contemplating action in their community!" Here's a quote from the book, Rules for Radicals,
"There's another reason for working inside the system. Dostoevski said that taking a new step is what people fear most. Any revolutionary change must be preceded by a passive, affirmative, non-challenging attitude toward change among the mass of our people. They must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, so futureless in the prevailing system that they are willing to let go of the past and change the future. This acceptance is the reformation essential to any revolution."
There is no more perfect avenue for instilling mass frustration and defeat than the public schools. Forget the NEA, Alinksy, and his Rules for Radicals; Spunky recommends reading John Taylor Gatto's Underground History of American Education instead. It's a book the NEA definitely doesn't want you to read and then it's time to get radical and homeschool.

Homeschooling is a revolution which does not rely on the passivity of the masses but active parents. It provides a promising future for those willing to let go of the public schools and change the future.

Barbara Curtis at MommyLife just started an online book club for those interested in reading Rules for Radicals.

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