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What is your child being taught in school?

I have railed against Government schools before, so it probably won’t come as any shock that I have yet another story to share with you.

Mike Brooks, a history teacher at Bidwell Junior High School in Chico, California, recently sent his eighth grade students home with letters asking their parents to do something very…odd. Wait…“odd” really isn’t the right word. The word I’m looking for is…DISGRACEFUL!

The letter, written by Mike Brooks, asked the parents to renounce their U.S. citizenship and declare themselves independent members of the “global community.” I…kid…you…not.

The local Newspaper in Chico ran the story here. Check this out:

Reached at home, the teacher said his U.S. History class is studying the Declaration of Independence, and he decided to write a letter putting the document into modern language. His intention, he said, was to send it home for parents to review, and possibly discuss with their children.

He concluded the letter with "After careful consideration of the facts of our current situation, I have decided to announce to everyone that I am no longer a citizen of the United States, but a free and independent member of the global community."

"The point was, I wanted to ask parents if they would sign such a letter if conditions that existed prior to the Revolution were happening now."

So, why would he do such a thing? Naturally, his response was:

"I just wanted to start a discussion."

There it is - the familiar “discussion” rationalization. Where have I heard that before? Oh, yeah. Jay Bennish tried to use that defense on the “Today Show” after he was caught on tape teaching his students that America is the most violent nation on the planet.

Interestingly enough, this rationality is also a favorite tool of the 9/11 “Truthers” who claim that they are just “asking questions.”

Based on that idea, teachers could theoretically “ask questions” and “start discussions” on a litany of issues. Why not have eighth grade classes dedicated to the JFK assassination or the Roswell landings? Why not teach high school students about the commonalities between the United States and Nazi Germany (Wait…they already do that.)? Why not “discuss” with students the theories surrounding the “illuminati?”

There is a reason that this stuff is not acceptable in a classroom. They are gross distortions of the facts. Schools are places to foster rational, critical thinking based on proveable facts. They are not places to foster indoctrination based on biased worldviews.

“The lesson being taught in class was that the U.S. kidnaps innocent people and takes them to Cuba, where they are kept indefinitely and tortured.”

I know that the unhinged left love to claim that Guantanamo Bay is a black-ops prison where inmates are routinely tortured and subjected to inhumane treatment. But, the facts just don’t bear that out. Innocent people are not being kidnapped and taken anywhere. The only prisoners being held at prisons such as Guantanamo are enemy combatants.

Brooks was teaching his students unfounded conspiracy theories, which are on par with the aforementioned 9/11, JFK, Roswell, and Illuminati theories. They have no place in a classroom. Yet, Mike Brooks felt it was perfectly acceptable material to “discuss.”

But, even that wasn’t enough for Mike Brooks. He had to take his anti_American agenda one step further. He actually asked parents to renounce their citizenship and join the “global community.”

It is a truly disgusting display of colossal arrogance and ignorance.

So, what did the school administration have to say about this? What do you think? It’s a Government school, and it’s in California.

Naturally, they defended Brooks’ actions:

Bidwell Junior High School administrators said a letter sent home with students in an eighth-grade class Tuesday was a good idea for a history lesson, with bad execution.

"It was a well-intended lesson that didn't shake out too well," she said, adding that Brooks would not be subject to disciplinary action.

And, the real kicker…

Parsley said she doesn't believe Brooks has any political agenda to advance.

How much stupidity can possibly be contained in one school district?

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