Williams Ayers Comes to New Hampshire
How corporations and their foundations are radicalizing public school students in New Hampshire
Recently Pittsfield residents were invited to a discussion group led by Keith Catone, a "community organizer" from the Annenberg Institute for School Reform. It was hosted by the PR firm, "NH Listens".
The Annenberg Institute is a left-wing think tank (Walter Annenberg Foundation) that trains and funds community organizers such as Barack Obama and William Ayers. It is unimaginable that anyone could still be unfamiliar with Obama colleague William Ayers. He was the co-founder of the radical "Weather Underground"; a self-described communist revolutionary group that conducted a campaign of bombing public buildings (including police stations, the U.S. Capitol Building, and the Pentagon) during the 1960s and 1970s. This domestic terrorist and his wife Bernardine Dohrn would be in jail today if not for the fact they were freed on a technicality.
Sol Stern, a conservative opponent of liberal education policies and longtime critic of Ayers has studied Mr. Ayers' work for years and read most of his books. He concluded: "Calling Bill Ayers a school reformer is a bit like calling Joseph Stalin an agricultural reformer. The media mainstreaming of a figure like Mr. Ayers could have terrible consequences for the country's politics and public schools." Ayers is famous for this quote which summed up his philosophy: ''Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, kill your parents..."
The PR firm "NH Listens" is one of the groups employed NH's Regional Planning Commissions to conduct Delphi sessions promoting "sustainable initiatives" in the towns. These PR firms are the creation of private corporate interests such as the Carsey Institute, a "foundation" which engages in public-private partnerships where they can promote causes. "NH Listens" trains "facilitators" who then become "agents of change" in our public institutions. We are now seeing them invade our NH town and school meetings.
While Ayers himself is not exactly visiting NH, he might as well be.
Details of the recent meeting with Keith Catone can be found here:
Working in NH is Ayers Colleague and community organizer Keith Catone, listed by Annenberg as "Senior Research Associate, Community Organizing and Engagement". His organization focuses on politicizing and radicalizing teachers and students. He writes about teaching for "Social Justice" and wrote this about La Raza studies: "An ethnic studies program that was banned by a controversial Arizona state law should be reinstated and championed as a national model of best practice." Far from "best practice", this program was so controversial it was recently removed from the Tucson Unified School District because children were being taught a pro-Marxist political ideology which pushed racial warfare, and promoted the overthrow of the United States Government.
Pittsfield schools are embracing "student centered learning" but do they really know what that means?
William Ayers has been working with teachers since the 1970s to promote social justice under the guise of "student centered learning". His books are featured on Catone's Annenberg website. Teachers in training have been required to read Ayers' books in college.
See: Cammarota, J., and A. F. Romero. 2009. "The Social Justice Education Project: A Critically Compassionate Intellectualism for Chicana/o Students." In Handbook of Social Justice in Education, edited by W. Ayers, T. Quinn, and D. Stovall, pp. 465–476. New York: Routledge.
Published in the Summer 2012 issue of VUE, Annenberg's "Voices in Urban Education" newsletter, is an article entitled "Teacher Activism in the Occupy Wall Street Movement". In the article, the violent Occupy movement is lauded as a vehicle for radicalization.
Catone is also featured in the October 2012 edition of "Granite State Organizing" which urged readers to vote NO on CACR-13, a bill that would curtail state income taxes.
Catone is mentioned on NYCORE's website for sharing a video of William Ayers at a "conference of the New York Collective of Radical Educators", a group which gave Catone an award in 2010.
The idea that Pittsfield, or any other NH schools, would give access to these controversial operatives, allowing them to promote this sort of political activism and radicalization of teachers and students, is mind boggling.
The parents and the taxpayers ought to know what is going on in Pittsfield and in NH. They should be nothing less than outraged.
"NH Listens", an Attendee's Account: http://mathwizards.wordpress.com/2013/02/16/pittsfield-listens-nh-listens-or-do-they/
What is LaRaza (The Race): http://michellemalkin.com/2008/05/22/blowing-the-whistle-on-a-la-raza-school/
More on LaRaza: http://annenberginstitute.org/commentary/2012/03/emulate-dont-eliminate-tucsons-mexican-american-studies-program
Student Centered Learning: http://pittsfield-nh.com/sau/2427
The VUE Summer 2012: http://www.annenberginstitute.org/VUE//wp-content/pdf/vue34.pdf
NYCORE Award: http://www.unionsquareawards.org/social-justice-orgs/54-2010/181-new-york-collective-of-radical-educators-nycore