Bill Ayers: Teaching Revolution
By Mary Grabar
In Bill Ayers: Teaching Revolution, Mary Grabar draws on her twenty-year career in education to describe the ways Ayers’s ideas are revolutionizing and transforming colleges of education and K-12 schools. She reveals the breadth of his influence—and offers constructive ways to challenge his grip.
Some ways Bill Ayers’s radical ideology is influencing education today:
- Presenting the U.S. and the West as oppressors and promoting “global citizenship.”
- Continuing the communist project of presenting capitalism as the basis of racism.
- Rejecting order, testing, standards, and independent thought in school and replacing them with constant questioning of values and “collaboration.”
- Open revolutionary goals, and encouragement of “anarchist calisthenics,” when administrators are not looking, to find an institution’s “cracks.”
- Self-interest and self-promotion, with the teacher as hero, and replacement of the parent by the teacher and government surrogate.