David Horowitz

But Why Do We Bash Teachers?

Dave Eggers and Ninive Clements Calegari, in an otherwise excellent op-ed in today's New York Times, ignore one important question: Why do we, as Americans, so loathe our teachers?

Eggers and Calegari are right: we can turn around our schools, and can do so by renewing our faith in teachers, in providing them better and better training and real support in the schools, and by paying them adequately.

That we don't, that we blame our teachers for the 'failures' of our educational system, is tantamount, Eggers and Calegari say, to blaming the soldiers for the loss of a war:

No, if the results aren’t there, we blame the planners. We blame the generals, the secretary of defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff. No one contemplates blaming the men and women fighting every day in the trenches for little pay and scant recognition.
   And yet in education we do just that. When we don’t like the way our students score on international standardized tests, we blame the teachers. When we don’t like the way particular schools perform, we blame the teachers and restrict their resources.

Yes.  Exactly.  So, let's stop blaming the teachers, give them pay and support, and improve our schools!

Except it's not so simple.


Can We Educate Ourselves to Educate?

David Horowitz rails against the 'indoctrination' of American students by radical leftist professors. He isn't the only one—it's quite common to hear how universities are subverting the beliefs of youth. Problem is, it ain't happening; even if some try it (debatable), they have proven incompetent. The radical professors have been in place since the sixties. If, in fifty years, they haven't managed to shift America to the left, they aren't going to manage it now.

Holier Than Thou Horowitz...Co-opting Aaron Barlow

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It's kind of humorous... in article after article on the ePluribus Media Journal and in commentaries on this community, Aaron Barlow has been "battling" David Horowitz over Academic Freedom and Horowitz's faux concern over students rights.

Aaron's latest, Student Bill of Rights suggesting some compromises, was published this past Monday on the ePluribus Media Journal.

So Aaron's funny bone was mostly tickled to discover that Horowitz lifted Academic Freedom and Student Rights in Politicized Institutions in its almost full blown glory (with just a couple, telling omissions, but more about those later). Now, as with all journal pieces, the rights to reprint revert immediately to the author. Since Aaron is a proponent of Creative Commons, the lifting didn't bother him.