You thought April Fools Day was over…
But the fraud of so-called “public education” is here to show you the error of such thinking.
A 7th grade social studies teacher in Hampton Middle School, in Hampton, Georgia, just told his captive students to -- get this -- write letters to Washington, D.C. politicians “pressuring” for even more gun restrictions.
And thanks to him, we have a memorable example of foolishness to savor after April first -- yet another lesson in the ethical insult that is taxpayer-funded schooling.
For this assignment, you are writing a letter to the lawmakers of the United States. The purpose of this letter is to pressure lawmakers to have stricter gun laws in the United States. Your letter should contain at least five complete sentences. Make sure that you use proper grammatical skills when writing your letter.
This “teacher” seems to have forgotten what it is like to be a kid stuck in a public school for seven hours a day, five days a week, nine months of the year, and 12 tedious, dusty years straight, to be barraged with recognizably collectivist, anti-intellectual, and biased ideology, especially in so-called “social studies” classes, and to know that the teachers appear oblivious to the fact that some kids resent it.
Yes, he does seem blind to the fact that many students are perceptive, and don’t like being propagandized, or being forced into writing propaganda.
But some kids don’t enjoy that at all, and they fight back. And one of them brought the assignment home to show to his father, William Lee, who promptly objected.
As Timpf succinctly explains:
According to Lee, there were other parents in the class who had issues with the homework, but they didn’t find out about it until after their children had already turned it in.
After Mr. Lee caused a stir, his son was “exempted,” and there is no information as to whether these missives were sent, or were going to be sent, to Washington.
But that is utterly, importantly irrelevant. The point is that what teacher Sanders stands accused of doing is beyond insulting. It is a direct assault on the right to freedom of speech. It is the very definition of compelled speech, something Thomas Jefferson rejected with absolute indignation in his Virginia Statute on Religious Freedom, saying:
To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
And it is also part and parcel to every nuance of not just this class, but the very concept of public schooling in the abstract.
The key “lesson” to derive from this titanic assault on freedom of expression is not just the recognition that students were used to further an anti-individual-right agenda, as important as that lesson is. The key lesson is not even the fact that the student was being forced into a situation of compelled speech until his father intervened. The key is to acknowledge the inescapable truth of all public school systems: they are machines of compelled speech, compelling taxpayers to pay for pedagogy and expressions of ideology with which the taxpayer might disagree.
Until this inherent, ugly, and unacceptable truism is recognized, the propagandizing and compulsion of student and taxpayer will continue, the negation of individual control of how one’s money will be spent on the promotion of ideas and agendas will continue, and the power of the state over the individual will continue.
To add insult to injury, Mr. Sanders’ class isn’t even supposed to be focused on the United States. It is a class about Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
One wonders… Do you think Mr. Sanders offered the trapped kids any information on the African Sudanese genocide that was facilitated by gun “control” laws making it nearly impossible for adults to own firearms, and illegal for the tiny group lucky enough to get permission to get more than 15 handgun rounds a year?
One wonders if Mr. Sanders offered any background information about the gun confiscation that occurred in the Asian nations of China or Cambodia that led to the extermination of millions. Or the 1970 Ugandan gun confiscation that saw nearly 300,000 people wiped out.
They won’t be writing any letters, Mr. Sanders.
One wonders what they would say if they were alive to do so.
The only lesson one can derive from Mr. Sanders' nearly blasphemous attack on individual control is that the day to end taxpayer funded schooling cannot come too soon.
Free children from people like Mr. Sanders. Free taxpayers from the backwards paradigm of government school. The United States was not founded on it, the US flourished without it, and people were allowed to think for themselves, not for an anti-individualist agenda.