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Instead of Indoctrination, Lopsided Bias in Schools Can Backfire and Create Conservatives


by Mark A. Cohen

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When we speak about bias in education, many on the left will say that it refers to the behavior of students, such as social exclusion and stereotyping through name-calling. They generally believe the answer lies in the teaching of multi-culturalism. Sometimes those on the left say the educational profession perpetrates unfair testing practices against minorities. People on the right tend to focus on teachers, instead. With the advent of the cell phone, more examples of biased lessons have been made public in the last few years. Instead of presenting all points of view, some professors appear on video showing a distinct preference for liberal philosophies and a disdain for conservatives. A few call those on the right and/or their ideas names, and denigrate right-wing points of view. This is the school bias of which I write.



<i>1984</i>, by George Orwell
1984, by George Orwell


In Appleton, Wisconsin, 15-year-old Benji Backer, a political activist, was forced to switch schools due to teacher harassment. He said they hounded him because he dared to espouse conservative views. One of his teachers expressed jealousy for businessmen in front of the class, saying that small business owners take Fridays (and summers) off, while claiming that as a teacher he didn’t make enough to take care of his family. When Benji spoke to the teacher about his feelings at the request of his principal, the teacher reportedly cursed at him. In a free society all points of view must be taught with equal emphasis – and not misrepresented by partisans. Students must be free to make up their own minds and not be coerced or indoctrinated by radicals. When only some views are represented in a positive light we run the risk of creating a dictatorship – or we may face a fierce backlash (a non-violent refusal to believe) such prejudicial efforts.



 Report bias.
Report bias.


After speaking with several teachers, I know that many feel overworked (many put in more than 40 hours a week) and they probably are underpaid. However, this does not excuse any biases they may express in the classroom. The pro-Obama video, “Mmm Mmm Mmm” was produced in a Burlington Township, New Jersey elementary school in 2009. See a large collection of such videos here. They are frightening, and make one think of indoctrination of children by rigid regimes in other countries.



Tamra Varebrook, a Milwaukee Republican, has uncovered some false definitions taught in the school system there. Examples include: Conservatism = Restricting Personal Freedoms, Liberals = Equality and Personal Freedom for everyone. My father taught me these stereotypes. When I finally realized that such generalizations were all false, the discovery helped me to become a conservative. The people perpetuating such flagrant bias in schools know not what they do.



Examples of false stereotypes taught in some schools today.
Examples of false stereotypes taught in some schools today.



As a co-treasurer of the Castle Rock Writers, it gives me great pleasure to announce that we signed a contract with The History Press this past week! Our book will cover the history of Douglas County, CO. The seven co-authors will be: Alice Aldridge-Dennis, Mark A. Cohen, Derald Hoffman, Jean Jacobsen, John Longman, Susan Rocco-McKeel, and Tania Urenda. The release date is scheduled for Nov. 5, 2013.




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