Terrorist to Speak to Teachers

This story should make you wonder just what your children are learning in school. It would seem that the Association of Teacher Educators believes that unrepentant former terrorist William Ayers is an appropriate choice to give the keynote address at their next meeting. I read about this at the Washington Examiner

The Association of Teacher Educators has recruited Chicago professor – and former domestic terrorist – William Ayers to speak at their the 2013 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia which will be held next month.

William Ayers, a co-founder of the radical Weather Underground domestic terror group, was a key figure during the 2008 presidential campaign due to his Chicago ties to then-Senator Obama.

The organization’s executive director, David Ritchey, confirmed that Ayers would be a keynote speaker at the conference although he admitted that he wasn’t involved in the selection process.

Ritchey added that although Ayers was a controversial figure he had been invited due to his “work in the education field, apart from all the other stuff.”

At some point, Ayers realized that it was not possible to overthrow the government by bombing buildings. Instead, he decided to brainwash young people, hence his work in education. The fact that he has had some influence of primary school education in the United States is frightening. The fact that he and his wife Bernardine Dohrn are not serving life sentence in prison is infuriating. I feel like I am in Bizarro world.

What is the Association of Teacher Educators anyway? Their website gives an explanation.

The Association of Teacher Educators was founded in 1920 and is the only national, individual membership organization devoted solely to the improvement of teacher education for both school and campus-based teacher educators. ATE members represent over 650 colleges and universities, 500 major school systems, and the majority of the state departments of education. The ATE office is located in the Washington, DC area where it represents its members’ interests before governmental agencies and educational organizations. In addition, ATE has two voting seats on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and has representation on the ERIC Clearinghouse on Teacher Education. ATE’s representational form of governance offers ATE members an unusually high level of opportunity for national leadership.

I could be wrong, but something tells me that William Ayers and his radical views are not that controversial with these people.

 

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