Williams Ayers Comes to New Hampshire

How corporations and their foundations are radicalizing public school students in New Hampshire

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

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Jane Aitken February 18, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Another proponent of the idea that schools must be used to radicalize students was Dennis Littky, found in the same circles with Ayers and Catone. Here is a previous piece done on behalf of the Rochester Taxpayers: http://www.rochestertaxpayers.org/rochester/2010/01/25/rochester-must-reject-big-picture-schools/
Jane Aitken February 18, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Another link that talks about the failure of the Annenberg Challenge in Chicago of which Ayers and Obama were in charge. http://www.wnd.com/2011/01/249429/
Jane Aitken February 18, 2013 at 03:58 PM
"I walked out of jail and into my first teaching position—and from that day until this I’ve thought of myself as a teacher, but I’ve also understood teaching as a project intimately connected with social justice." ~ William Ayers, who feels that education is the incubator of revolution. http://billayers.wordpress.com/2006/11/07/world-education-forum/
BIG MAMA February 18, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Raza Studies (a/k/a Mexican-American Studies, Chicano/a Studies, Hispanic Studies, etc., etc.) has books with quotes such as "Kill the g-ngo" and "Execute all white males over age 16 ("Occupied America" by Rodolfo Acuna (get the 5th edition - important!) which distorts American History so badly and makes Americans look like evil people; "We must destroy capitalism." ("Message to Aztlan" by Rodolfo Corky Gonzales which also tells the kids to make a Revolution on the U.S.) and there are so many more it's unbelievable - all part of Mexico's agenda to take over first the SW of our nation and then the entire nation.
Ted Sizer February 18, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Why am I NOT surprised the media in NH missed all of this?? Talk about LAME!! Where is the Union Leader? Where is the Concord Monitor?? Where is WMUR?? <crickets chirping> Oh there was a story on tonight about some guy finding his DOG after 10 years at the humane society!!! YAWN The public schools have become the indoctrination centers we have seen in the Universities. The extreme political activists have taken their agenda to the k-12 public school system. Sadly the NH taxpayers are forced to fund this!!
Jane Aitken February 18, 2013 at 11:56 PM
Let me offer you a suggestion for why we don't hear about these things -- the media have become complacent, and by doing so compliant, and even perhaps complicit... the political party that should be concerned with this is not. What's that saying about 'not a dime's worth of difference'?
Lisa Phillips February 19, 2013 at 06:10 AM
When Glenn Beck talked about Ayers, Dorn, and Obama, he was fired. It's clearly the New World Order's agenda. Does the public school plan to indoctrinate students K-12 grades run parallel with UN Agenda 21 at the town hall meetings?
Ted Sizer February 19, 2013 at 02:05 PM
Here is what Ayers and Catone believe, MORE money will fix everything. It doesn't matter how they spend the money though. Social Justice = Marxism. Wealth redistribution. If we just give the school more money all will be well. Catone knows it goes beyond that because that's what he was told in Pittsfield. Pittsfield Listens should be changed to: PITTSFIELD IGNORES. They came to sell "student centered learning" as if that's going to fix the illiteracy problem in Pittsfield. IF you want social justice then TEACH !! LITERACY = SOCIAL JUSTICE. Not Marxism. Bottom line is, Ayers and Catone have no desire to seek literacy for these kids. They want to USE them as political pawns. All you have to do is go through the links provided above. Nellie Mae spells this all out. IF they wanted to make sure these kids knew their math facts, grammar rules or vocabulary, it would be easy to see. Instead their own literature praises Saul Alinsky and pushes political activism at the EXPENSE of literacy. THEY ARE THE PROBLEM. NOT THE SOLUTION.
Jane Aitken February 19, 2013 at 06:34 PM
I agree when you say it but I would put it the other way around: SOCIAL JUSTICE = LITERACY. The best thing you can do for the underprivileged is teach them SKILLS, not sour them on America, turn them against capitalism, or instill in them racial biases. Ayers and Catone are selling racism. And NH schools are buying it?
Jane Aitken March 16, 2013 at 10:30 PM
Here is more proof of the institutionalization of political action in public education. This workshop took place on March 11 and 13, 2013 right here in NH: UNH Social Justice Educator Training (Monday 03/11/2013 - 09:00 AM - 01:00 PM) Note: This is a two day training - second day is March 13, 9 am - 1 pm Social Justice Educator Training: A workshop with UNH colleagues on equity and diversity. The Social Justice Educator Training is a professional development opportunity for UNH faculty, staff and graduate students to further diversity awareness, knowledge and skill sets allowing for critical analysis of the services we provide, and of the relational dynamics we seek in a diverse institution. We will explore “social justice” via personal and institutional lenses to analyze: power and privilege, discrimination and prejudice, inclusion and equity through the multiple social identities of race, gender, sexual orientation, class, nationality, ethnicity, ability (physical and mental), religion, etc. This process will include open and honest discussions, readings, and interactive/experiential activities in a respectful environment. The eight-hour training which is divided into two days is facilitated in a small-group setting (maximum of 25). === How about a few seminars on the constitution, or how to balance your check book? Not political enough?
Jane Aitken December 23, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Well I guess I was right about coverage in the MSM. Check out this article in yesterday's monitor. Very cryptic. It mentions the federal money but not Annenberg and not the 'changes' that will be made to supposedly increase 'standards'. Read between the lines, ("The teacher’s job is not to lecture, but to help them grow and develop their own love of lifelong learning.") This and all the other the "code words" are there for the disastrous FAD learning methods of the failed Outcome Based Education... Add this to the political goals of the curriculum, and you have the perfect set up for indoctrination. Hey Pittsfield, wake up. What makes you think the federal government has anything beneficial in mind? Parents and taxpayers had better start doing something now about this federal intrusion
Jane Aitken January 01, 2014 at 02:54 PM
Sorry here is the link. And my rebuttal. http://www.concordmonitor.com/home/9854895-95/ray-duckler-problems-in-pittsfield-step-right-up-and-see-the-changes ============================ http://www.concordmonitor.com/opinion/10002146-95/letter-turning-local-control-over-to-the-education-industry


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