By Nathan Barton
A Blaze story points out one of the many evils of government-run, theft-funded schools – so-called “public schools.” The teacher punished the fifth-grader and threatened him for treating her with the respect his parents expected of him towards his teachers.
His crime? He answered her with “yes, ma’am.” The story does not report WHY the teacher believed that he was disrespectful to her by using a standard American English term of respect. But in her eyes, his way of showing respect was unacceptable in her classroom – indeed, evil.
The evil, of course, must be immediately punished.
What if he were not stopped? What if he continued to show her respect, not as teacher and representative of the state, but as a young man to an older woman? The consequences could be severe. He and other students might have questioned what they were taught about human nature, especially sexuality. About how human sexes are strictly a matter of opinion. Doubted what is taught about rejecting old customs for whatever fad is currently taught (and practiced) by the elite like her. Doubt about her teaching about the evils of his Confederate ancestors in resisting government. Teaching about evolution, the natural superiority of elected officials and appointed bureaucrats, and all the rest of the mishmash of modern progressivism. And they might even doubt the utter essential nature of conformance and obedience to the state.
What is wrong with this? With the GRTF schools?
- State schools cannot tolerate any parental authority or influence over their own children. At least not in the school or public venues.
- Immediate and complete obedience to teachers and other statist, controlling “authority figures” is constantly demanded. Failure to do so must be punished swiftly.
- Traditional societal norms (like respectful language different for male and female) must be wiped away, to be replaced by the “new” and acceptable standards. Especially anything that indicates respect for old ways, or for “the old guard.” (Such as parents.)
I realize that these points at first glance seem contradictory. Why not? In the eyes of the statist, controllers of the GRTF schools, there are “good” and “bad” authorities. Defined, of course, by the government and the GRTF schools. (And the centers of indoctrination called universities.)
Good authorities are government officials (including teachers and professors) and those who are (in rather archaic language) “the vanguard of the proletariat.” The media, Hollywood, the elite of Silicon Valley, union leaders, progressives.
Bad authorities, of course, are parents. Religious leaders (at least, the wrong kind). And many other “dead white men” and those women, minorities, and the like who have “sold out” to those ancient evils. Anyone themselves not controlled by others. “Dead white men” like Moses, the Christ, the Founding Fathers, and of course the proponents of traditional liberalism, liberty, freedom, responsibility and self-government.
This teacher followed a pretty standard playbook – she responded to the words of respect (which she clearly did NOT earn nor deserve) quickly with feigned horror, swift punishment, and a “humorous” threat of physical violence. This pointed out to the boy’s classmates the consequences of anything less than total, obsequious obedience. A relatively mild punishment, mind you: filling pages with the hated word (“ma’am”) and telling his parents.
I guess that she assumed that the parents would roll over and accept the implications. Their antiquated, quaint way of life (like saying “yes, ma’am” and “no, sir” and other acts of properly-raised ladies and gentlemen) with its sexist, racist, and other overtones cannot compete with her. Her and her authority as one of the elite: their professionalism based on “scientific” foundations. Which have (in her eyes and society’s) already demonstrated the worthless nature of the old ways.
Of course, in this case, the parents did NOT roll over. (Though I cringe at the thought of how many OTHER parents have, in similar circumstances.) They had the temerity to push back. At least somewhat. The parents requested and got their child moved to another classroom. As if that solves the problem. There is no indication the teacher had any action taken against her at all. The new teacher is almost certainly doing the same, if perhaps in a bit differently. The child’s indoctrination will continue. And even though his parents stood up for him, the humiliation and its memory remain.
What should and can be done? I know Lady Susan and I have constantly harped on this. Get your children OUT of the public schools! Teach them at home, and if necessary, find private schools or other people to help teach them. Stop sending them for 6-10 hours a day into a contaminated environment and think that you can spend the other 6-10 waking hours canceling the indoctrination, the brainwashing.