The Power of Ideas: The Battle in America’s Schools

Dan, a character who plays a gay college professor in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” is hung from a pole.  The character Emily, herself a former college professor, was told by her boss, Dan, that she would not be teaching the following semester at the university, to give her a lower profile and avoid attracting criticism for her sexual orientation. Dan is later seen hanged with the word “faggot” painted underneath him.  (See Season 2, Episode 2, “Unwomen”).

Reading by women is made illegal in “The Handmaid’s Tale.”  Serena lost a finger for violating this vile law.  When she proposes that girls be taught to read only from the Bible, and reads from the Bible to make her point, she is punished by having a finger removed.  (See Season 2, Episode 13, “The Word”).

The power of ideas is very threatening to people who seek to control the thoughts of other people.  They seem to realize that people may object to having their thoughts limited and controlled – and are desperately attempting to repress thinking from grade school through college.

Dr. Karen A. Ritzenhoff, discussed the strained environment on college campuses, for example, in her October 14th visit with “If America Fails?  The Coming Tyranny.”

At all levels of America’s educational system, the battle is on.  — LMO

These points were made in the CounterSpin interview with Stevana Sims on anti-racist education:

“Legislators in some 27 states are trying to require teachers to avoid what are termed ‘divisive concepts’ in classrooms and curricula, an extremely thinly veiled effort to force teachers to propagandize about US history rather than teach it, and to punish those that don’t toe the line… It’s deeply disturbing. But it turns out teachers don’t take kindly to being told to underserve their students by distorting historical and present reality. A major campaign is underway to push back, and reassert the importance of critical education and the professional judgment of educators… The American Association of University Professors, the American Historical Association, PEN America—a number of really mainstream, respected organizations are sounding the alarm that these bills around the country are an infringement on the right of faculty to teach, and students to learn.”  — Janine Jackson

“The American Association of University Professors, the American Historical Association, PEN America—a number of really mainstream, respected organizations are sounding the alarm that these bills around the country are an infringement on the right of faculty to teach, and students to learn.”

— Janine Jackson

“It is a direct attack on our K–12 teachers. It is to the point where teachers are getting fired and losing pay. It is to the point where there was a teacher who had a Black Lives Matter flag in her classroom, and was asked to take it down. And because she refused, she was then removed from her position. There was a principal in Texas who was also accused of teaching critical race theory within his school, and he was removed from his job. It’s coming to a point where threats, violent threats, are being made against teachers and educators who are teaching the truth and teaching education. It is scary, honestly.”  — Stevana Sims, Black Lives Matter at School

“It’s coming to a point where threats, violent threats, are being made against teachers and educators who are teaching the truth and teaching education.”

— Stevana Sims, Black Lives Matter at School

Published by Loga Michelle Odom @Odomanian

Founder/Host, Reading Changes Lives; Senior Producer, OUR COMMON GROUND Media / TruthWorks Network / If America Fails?: The Coming Tyranny

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