As some of you may already be aware, Illinois is currently getting ready to pass radical new measures that will transform government schools into centers of 'woke', i.e., leftist prog, indoctrination. I know many think that's what they are already, and you're right if that's what you think. However don't kid yourself that we've reached the bottom of the slippery slope yet.
Stanley Kurtz has a lengthy article about what so far looks like will become law in Illinois--Ultra-Woke Illinois Mandates Are Top Threat to U.S. Education. Here's how he sets up his detailed analysis:
Kurtz isn't exaggerating. These rules are detailed and leave un-woke teachers nowhere to hide. State Rep. Steve Reick is attempting to fight these rules off, and his blog offers a line by line look at what's in store for Illinois--and will likely be imitated across the country. All of this is happening at the local level, but will undoubtedly be supported by the Zhou Baiden regime's Department of "Education". It all appears to be patently in violation of the First Amendment, but ask yourself this--if measures like this are enacted across Blue America, what recourse do normal people have? Court challenges? Expenses aside, how long will it take for court challenges to work their way through the system? Do you think that one SCOTUS reverse will actually force Blue districts to fall in line? I don't. Rule of law is by the boards, and as long as the Zhou regime is safe behind the New Army of the Potomac, there will be no enforcement of SCOTUS decisions. Moreover, with Progs in iron fisted control of education schools that train "teachers," normals who want to be certified will be systematically weeded out.
These indoctrination initiatives have been at the heart of the Prog Cause since the 1960s, and with their hands on the levers of power, they are--as Kurtz says--going for broke. Well meaning people like Trump's lawyer Michael van der Veen, who wants to see Left and Right meet in something he calls "the middle"? They're dreaming. There is no such thing as a middle ground when the Progs only keep pushing to the Left. There can be no compromise without mutual good will and respect. Compromise is inevitably simply one more step to the Left. The revolution is now--at least in Blue America.
Here's Steve Reick. He's quoting government rules and regs, but believe me--this won't put you to sleep. It'll make your hair stand on end. Understand--teachers will be rated on their enthusiastic participation in all this. They will lose their jobs and certification if they fail to conform:
“Culturally Responsive Teaching” – Putting Activism Before Learning
There's no doubt at all that what we're seeing here is the institutionalization of what Progs hope will be final search and destroy mission against what remains of Western Civilization. Our American Founding witnessed an ideological contest between the American and French Revolutions. At the time, it appeared that a more moderate and tempered form of Liberalism had prevailed in America. What we're seeing is a drive for victory by the descendants of the French revolutionaries, reinforced now by Hegelian and Marxist thought, as expressed in modern Prog ideologies. The goal, as always, is power. Power over all creation, beginning with power over normal people, to transform them into woke revolutionaries against the divine order of creation.
As it happens, how we came to this pass is the subject of an article at American Thinker today: The closing of the American mind.
In 1987, Alan Bloom published his insightful book, The Closing of the American Mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of American Students. ...
Bloom argued that American students have become impoverished in the soul because they no longer engage with the classics of Western civilization. ...
Radical students of the 1960s did not subscribe to that commitment. Because they were sure that their revolutionary Marxian, Freudian, Nietzschean, and Darwinian views contained all truth, they sought to cancel any other views, especially religious views. They directly assaulted traditional American values of God, family, and nation. They treated with disdain anything related to traditional Christian morality.
During the 34 years since Bloom published his book sounding an alarm about the closing of the American mind, what he feared has come to pass. The students so ill served in the 1980s and beyond have taken their revolution outside of academia. Now they dominate in media, education, government, entertainment, the arts, and sports. Not only have they fully embraced the radical atheistic ideas of Marx, Freud, Darwin, and Nietzsche, but they refuse to permit anyone who embraces traditional religious and liberal ideas to work in those institutions.
Until recently this ousting of normal people from key societal institutions was done more or less informally--although no less effective for that. What we're seeing in Illinois and elsewhere is the legal institutionalization of what is now called 'cancel culture' in education. Do not doubt that the goal is to extend this to all other areas of life.
As I suggested recently in The Christian Intellectual Tradition the only remedy is individual conversion--a new Great Awakening, but this time one that woke to the traditional intellectual principles that arise from seeing Man and his nature as holding a place within a God created order. The decline of this awareness is what led to the victory of the Left to this point. Recovery or defeat and the crushing of truly human existence are the alternatives.