By Nathan Barton
You have children (or grandchildren) of school age in your family, your home, your church, or your neighborhood. They probably go to “public schools” (that is, government-run, tax-supported schools). Ninety percent of American children do.
Let us look at some very recent events at these schools.
From Edgewood Ohio, we have this tale of a thirteen-year-old male student and criminal. According to AOL News his crime was clicking “like” on a photo on Instagram. His crime was a ten day suspension from school for this anti-social act. The reason? The photo was of a “gun” – an AirSoft pistol. Bowlin’s parents received a note that cited the reason for the suspension as, ‘Liking a post on social media that indicated potential school violence.’
Welcome to Tyranny in Schools ™ in the Fifty States of 2017. It isn’t just the suspension for a harmless act, in a kind of Thought Crime that fits well in the 1984 universe. It is that this school apparently has the time and technology to constantly monitor their students’ social interactions – and in close to real time. (Or deploy a network of informers.)
Let’s move on to Colorado. Johnstown, Colorado is a typical small farm town turned suburb in Northern Colorado – part of the South Platte Valley, long the home of many Hispanic families. According to CBS4 in Denver, one of the teachers in the middle school had her students combine studying political science with the Cinco-de-Mayo celebration by going out and whacking at a pinata decorated with the face of The Donald. Pictures and videos of the grand event spread quickly, and the school superintendent has suspended the teacher pending the investigation, decrying the fact that this took place on school grounds. Some are saying that there were better ways to teach political science (and presumably, Hispanic pride).
Again my issue is not just the action but the circumstances surrounding it. The Antifa fight against The Donald is not wrong – it just has to be at the right place and in the right way. I presume that if the teacher had requested “release time” for her students to have a “learning experience” for Cinco-de-Mayo off-campus, it might have been acceptable.
One reaction to this was the “fascist atmosphere” of public school today – but others pointed out this is “against fascism” as embodied by The Donald. It begs the question – and keep in mind that the most vigorous and sacrificial role in the fight against the “original” fascism in Europe in 1923-1945 was taken by the Communists; the international progressives against the national progressives. Perhaps for the same reason that the wars between Protestants and Catholics were far longer and bloodier than the wars in the same era between Christians and Muslims; near-like fights near-like with more vigor and passion than the truly different. Fascists and Communists had far more in common with each other than either did with the democracies and plutocracies of the West.
The same thing is seen in the government-run, tax-funded schools in the Fifty States today. Statists – of whichever wing they claim to be – are spending far more time and effort fighting each other than they are either the lovers and promoters of liberty or the more hard-core tyrannies of Muslims, remnants of Communism, or something similar.
This isn’t necessarily bad – it gives lovers of liberty an opportunity to teach and reach people with a message of hope and freedom that the schools would not otherwise concentrate on. AND a big part of that message is to get out now. Join those who can no longer stomach Tyranny in Schools or the government meddling in daily lives and teaching of our children – get out now.