If Barack Obama’s friend William Ayres was only a terrorist who attempted to overthrow the government, that would perhaps mean no more than that Barack is a trend-chasing Leftist: I know plenty of those in academia.
That Ayres is an institutionally connected member of AERA, a well respected professional and academic research association I belong to, is troubling:
Amicable Collisions: Hiding in plain sight
Ayersâ€™s influence on what is taught in the nationâ€™s public schools is likely to grow in the future. Last month, he was elected vice president for curriculum of the 25,000-member American Educational Research Association (AERA), the nationâ€™s largest organization of education-school professors and researchers. Ayers won the election handily, and there is no doubt that his fellow education professors knew whom they were voting for. In the short biographical statement distributed to prospective voters beforehand, Ayers listed among his scholarly books Fugitive Days, an unapologetic memoir about his ten years in the Weather Underground. The book includes dramatic accounts of how he bombed the Pentagon and other public buildings.
His works are required texts in education school courses all over the country and heâ€™s much in demand as a lecturer in many of those schools. Plus, heâ€™s a pioneer in the progressive education publishing industry, encouraging books by many other authors that show teachers how to bring â€œsocial justiceâ€ themes — i.e. the evils of American racism and imperialism â€“ into their public school classrooms.
While American politics is divided between conservatives and liberals, American academia is divided between liberals and Leftists. As much as it pains me to say this as a conservative: the liberals are the only hope we have that the non-profitable areas of Academia stay out of the hands of the Marxists. An Obama administration that does anything to tilt the balance in Academia away from liberals and towards Leftists would be a disaster.
For the good of the academy, vote Clinton.
For the good of the academic, vote McCain.
For the good of the academy, vote anybody but Obama.
Update: Thanks to Power Line News, for linking to this post. The discussion that follows is nice, referencing 4GW.