Orson Scott Card on the Leftist Education Agenda

Orson Scott Card is one of my favorite authors. As a child I read “Ender’s Game” and have been waiting for the movie for more than 20 years. Card is a registered Democrat (ie. not a right-winger for any educrats reading this) and lives in North Carolina where he writes a variety of books and plays, and even does some political commentary for his local newspaper. I came across this excellent article entitled “The Horse Ain’t Dead, Keep on Flogging” that relates to our education system and the destruction of our true American history from our school textbooks. If you’re short on time, here’s one salient clip.

http://www.ornery.org/essays/warwatch/2010-02-21-1.html

It is time that tax-supported education cease promulgating the values of the extreme Leftist elite that dominates the university faculties and the educational establishment, and accept that the job of education is to transmit the values of the people who pay the taxes.

When we require people, under penalty of law, to send their children to the public schools, then there is a solemn responsibility to pass on to those children the culture that made our nation a light to the world. (Which it is, except in the delusional mindset of America-hating intellectuals who have no qualms about attacking America while sucking on the public udder.)

There are no educational experts; their “educational science” is a joke; and even if it were not, their expertise as “professional educators” would only extend to methodology, not content.

The content of courses is another matter entirely, and we all have a right to a voice in deciding that. Especially history courses, since those are the classes that create the American self-story for the next generation.

No one group should own the teaching of history in our schools — like our government, it should be a compromise among all the beliefs that are part of our polity. But the arbiter should always be the facts, not one ideology.

4 Responses to “Orson Scott Card on the Leftist Education Agenda”

  • marjohnakathrynmadsen:

    Compromise might work for a dress code or a lunch menu, but on moral issues and the import of history it will produce meaningless pablum. I have no intention of compromising on such matters. The public schools are not our schools any more than a state church would be our church. Get the government out of the education business, and you will get real education, competitive, morally significant and accountable. The people in the public schools were doing these very same things when I was in them forty years ago. It is a hopelessly flawed entity that is founded on socialist ideologies and will always promote the same. Furthermore, of course it belittles the Founders. The Founders would have been quite against this idea that 'education' provided by the state with funding wrested by the power of the state from the citizens, for the enhancement of the power and influence of the state, is a right. It is the theft of true individual rights and responsibilities from the individual citizen all decked out to look like some sort of benefit. It is going to be the death of us, economically, morally, in every way possible. Think of what you could do for the education of your children with all of your state income tax and 60% to 70% if your property tax back in your hands. Maybe it wouldn't be a country club masquerading as a school, but it would be a good, solid work ethic and real ascendency in pertinent skills, not to mention a grateful sense that no one owes them anything they haven't worked or even asked nicely to have and correct understandings of science, history and politics, etc. according to your judgements. Home school, private school, church schools, we have options.

  • Vicky:

    Darling, I know Scott Card claims (frequently and loudly) to be a Democrat. But please. Show me just one thing he believes or has said in the past year that is even slightly Liberal, or faintly to the Left of Ghengis Khan.

    If it quacks like Rush Limbaugh, you know, it's a Republican, no matter what lies it keeps printing on its blog.

  • Vicky:

    Darling, I know Scott Card claims (frequently and loudly) to be a Democrat. But please. Show me just one thing he believes or has said in the past year that is even slightly Liberal, or faintly to the Left of Ghengis Khan.

    If it quacks like Rush Limbaugh, you know, it's a Republican, no matter what lies it keeps printing on its blog.

  • Vicky, zero points for calling me darling. I am a married man. :)

    Secondly, Card is a true Democrat from before the party was hijacked (ie. before you had to be a leftist to be a member). Just as he's disappointed in the Democrats, there are plenty of Republicans disappointed in their party. Card just happens to be rational which is an advantage in his writing.

    I love how you invoke Rush Limbaugh as if by mentioning him you somehow automatically invalidate others' points without having to resort to facts.