My good friend, English professor Mary Grabar, has an excellent article published on the American Thinker website which I encourage Newsreal readers to study in depth. Â It is a learned examination of the currently-fashionable idea that conservatives must distance themselves from “extremists” within their ranks and also a discussion of the origins of this unfortunate idea. Â Mary writes:
“The Left has succeeded in altering the education and media institutions. Â The effort began in earnest in 1962, when the 59-college-students-strong Students for a Democrat Society gathered at Port Huron, Michigan. Â In their position paper, “The Port Huron Statement,” penned by Tom Hayden, they outlined a strategy for instituting a new “political synthesis” outside the normal political channels, and instead through the educational institutions. Â Their renamed communist goal of “participatory democracy” was implemented subsequently through “participatory learning.” Â These people, like Weatherman co-founder Bill Ayers, have overhauled the educational system. Â Ayers is now “distinguished” professor of education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and he is spreading his radical gospel to future teachers…”
I encourage you to read Mary’s entire article here.