Much maligned by leftists, there are several studies that document the way that radicals bully their way into control of the social, political and religious atmosphere on school campuses (even several seminaries). Three excellent books on the subject are Masters of Deceit by J. Edgar Hoover, Chronology of Education with Quotable Quotes by D.L. Cuddy, and You Can Still Trust the Communists… to Be Communists (Socialists and Progressives Too) by Fred C. Schwarz and David A. Noebel.*
According to the Wall Street Journal, January 3, 2006, the NEA and their unions spent approximately $80.5 million in the 2004-05 school year. “The NEA gave $65 million of its members’ dues to liberal groups last year.” Undoubtedly the biggest benefactors, legislative candidates who were willing to promote NEA union power, received over $40 million of those funds. In the 2007-08 year, the NEA national headquarters took in $337.7 million in dues and agency fees.**
Myron Lieberman, an educational consultant who recently served as a visiting scholar at Bowling Green University, has emerged as a leading education free-market analyst. He estimates that “the collective bargaining process itself imposes direct and indirect costs that may run into the billions of dollars.” According to his book Public Education: An Autopsy, “As long as schools remain a government monopoly, cost and quality will be as bad as cost and quality everywhere under socialism.”*** Lieberman is also the author of The Teachers’ Unions: How the NEA and AFT Sabotage Reform and Hold Students, Parents, Teachers, and Taxpayers Hostage to Bureaucracy.
The dogmatic secular brand of academic freedom and old European atheistic-secular philosophy go hand in hand. It was the collective capacity of unions to raise and distribute money to like-minded organizations that was infamously used by the Fascists to corrupt the political process in Italy prior to World War II.
As the education in a nation goes, so goes the nation.
*J. Edgar Hoover, author of Masters of Deceit, served as director of the FBI for forty years. It was published by Kessinger Publishing, LLC in 1958. D.L. Cuddy, PhD, author of Chronology of Education with Quotable Quotes, served as a senior assistant in the U. S. Department of Education (1982-88). His book was published by the Pro-Family Forum (5th edition, 1998), available Radio Liberty, Soquel, California. The book documents the strategy of leftists in public education by using statements from their own publications. The following example is a quote from a cosigner of the first Humanist Manifesto, published in 1933. He called for the “synthesizing of all religions” into “a socialized and cooperative economic order.” Fred C. Schwarz and David A. Noebel, authors of You Can Still Trust the Communists… to Be Communists (Socialists and Progressives Too) were published in 2010 by Christian Anti-Communism Crusade.
**Public Education Research and Analysis Communique’ by the Education Intelligence Agency, Elk Grove, California, January 26, 2009.
***Myron Lieberman, Public Education: An Autopsy (Cambridge: Harvard University Press), 1993.
~ David Norris