TODD: Look, there was good reason that Rush called government schools “skrools” and young people, “young skulls of mush.” The left isn’t even hiding their use of education to brainwash kids. This is a little teaser, a little sample of what we’ll explore in hour 3 of this program.
RUSH: This whole idea of victimhood, in these schools these administrators are doing that to every student they can, trying to convince every student he’s a victim of something. ‘Cause once you do that, you’ve taken away the idea of accomplishment and achievement because it’s not possible. You have to be a victim. Victimhood explains your failure and blames it on somebody else.
TODD: And in West Coast cities’ schools are also teaching kids how to ignore the orders of police officers, believe it or not.
TODD: Rush for many years talked about how the left has used education to indoctrinate. It’s my contention that sometime last year or maybe the year before they threw out all pretense of even pretending to teach. And perhaps that’s by virtue of the fact that being in one of the communist cities — in fact, Seattle is a separate country, as you know — we’ve seen these things up close.
But there’s so many examples of this and embedded in it is good news. There really is. There are these circumstances. I’ll lay this out for you. There is a school that is apologizing for giving kids a book to read. I’ve heard this book. In fact, there is a cartoon based on this book. It’s called Something Happened in Our Town, and it is the story of people talking about cops.
One of the book’s main characters, as the New York Post points out, “a black child named Josh, asks his father after a police shooting, ‘What if it was a White man in the car? Would the police have shot him?’ His father answers, ‘They probably wouldn’t have even stopped the car.’ The dad goes on to advise his son, ‘We can’t always count on them to do what’s right.’
“Josh’s brother is less polite with his opinions of police, saying, ‘They don’t like Black men.’ Another main character, Emma, who is white, hears her sister say that the man was killed by police ‘because he was Black,’ and Emma’s mother says police are often ‘nice to White people and mean to Black people,’ calling it ‘an unfair pattern.'”
I happen to know a family who has a black father who is a cop and a Marine and white mother who found out that their kids were being taught this stuff at school. And of course, their father being a cop and black, it was kind of confusing to the kids. “Should I hate myself, or should I think I’m a virtuous victim?” There’s also this. A New York schoolteacher has basically ended his career, and he is a very brave man.
And this is the good news. His name is Paul Rossi, and Paul called out his $57,000-a-year school — former school, ’cause he’s been told not to return — Grace Church School for the indoctrination of students. And in fact, as I understand it, he has tapes or at least records (I’m an old guy, “tapes”) audio of he and the principal of the school talking. And the principal appears to me to admit, “Well, we know this is all nonsense, but this is what we have to do.”
That’s my interpretation of it. I’ve gotten email from Paul, and he’s joined a group that’s fighting this. It’s called FairForAll.org. The good news in this is there are teachers beginning to speak out. The other bit of interesting news that is also good news in this is the woman who premiered this guy’s letter to the school is Bari Weiss. I’m not saying that she’s becoming conservative or anything of the sort, but she has been at the New York Times opinion page.
She was shown the door effectively and described it as being constantly bullied by the wokihadists. The good news in this is that young people and liberal people are being showed the reality of what is being taught in these schools. They are beginning to see with their own eyes but more importantly — I shouldn’t say more importantly, but of more impact — it’s beginning to affect them.
They are coming home with kids who are coming to them and saying, “Why are we racists?” They say, “What!” “Well, I was like told that we’re racists because of the virtue of our skin.” There’s also, now, that these organizations popping up in a time for Republicans who have guts to go to these organizations and share these stories far and wide, because the solution for this is right in front of us.
In lower-level schooling, it’s school choice. Take away the monopoly, you take away their ability to indoctrinate at the college level. This just happened in fact… I want the governor in Idaho to sign this. They just signed this. The Idaho state legislature said, “We’re gonna go ahead and put a pause on more monies for higher ed. until you come and say you’re not gonna teach critical race theory anymore.”
Your governors around the country who are Republican need to follow suit in that. “You want our money? You don’t teach our kids to be racist.” There needs to be competition within those schools as well as such as state schools. “Here’s the deal: You take taxpayer dollars? Then you provide all sorts of pathways that don’t involve having to through four years of school such as apprenticeships, such as monitoring classes online.”
We have an opportunity to deconstruct this monopoly that the left has created, Big Education has created, and to save our country from children being indoctrinated into racism. Now, as we told you earlier, Rush had a particularly brilliant monologue about the left and the mockingbird media due to college kids. Folks, listen. Listen here to the first five words of what Rush says in his piece, “Our culture is our future,” and you tell me if anyone can argue with the Maha’s point about this.
RUSH: Our culture is our future. Our culture and society are our future. And what young people are doing, what they’re being taught, how they are being conditioned and educated is of paramount importance. There need to be values and traditions that survive. Change is constantly among us. Things are always changing, but there does need to be some threshold or floorboard standards.
And those are being purposely targeted and blown to smithereens under the guise of equality, equity, nondiscrimination, you name it, the leftists are trying to define all of this tear-down as a utopian panacea. And it really isn’t. Now, you and I all know that we have major problems in education. You and I know that young kids are being educated — I should say propagandized. They are not really being taught things at all. Well, in a strict sense they are. But it’s largely indoctrination.
Creative writing, creative thinking, reason, all of these things are being weeded out as destructive and threatening to the objective of sameness and equality and equity and what have you. And particularly on the top side. If you happen to be much better at something than most other people, the idea used to be to nourish that, nurture that, help that along become even greater and better.
Now it’s been stigmatized. And rather than elevate modern American education seeks to lower great achievement because it’s humiliating to those who aren’t that good, smart, whatever. And so we’re not engaged in philosophies that make people better, but rather make people the same. And the only way you can do that is to subtract. In the left’s world you never elevate to make people equal. You always lower from the top.
So I have here in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers a piece from The Federalist website by Patricia Daugherty. Patricia Daugherty is the president of the Eagle Forum of Georgia. And she writes for the Eagle Forum on higher education. And she went to a college administrators conference, and she was shocked by what she saw.
And she believes that while we think that kids are being led astray and down the path of socialism and communism and sameness and equity, equality, and all that, by way of professors, teachers and so forth, she says it’s even worse than that. It is the administrative staff at so many schools, high schools, middle schools, colleges, universities, and she says that it is much worse than we know.
She says that people do not really understand what their kids are being forced to hear outside the classroom, not just in the classroom. They have no idea what they’re being forced to hear everywhere throughout the campus. She is a 40-year college student affairs professional. She went to a conference, and she could not believe the left-wing drivel that was forced into her brain and was then supposed to be forced into students’ brains through here.
Here’s her conclusion. “I came away from this experience alarmed and discouraged, which is why I feel the need to raise awareness of these realities. Our young people are too important for us to be silent. … Young people are more fragile now than they have ever been, and I’m afraid student affairs is playing a major role in the angst. The political self-absorption I saw promotes not emotional growth and resilience but rather distrust, anxiety, and victimhood.” There it is.
I’ve been harping on this. The left tries to turn everybody they can into victims, everybody.
TODD: There’s so many teachers speaking out, and it’s going to happen. It’s beginning to bubble up. That is terrific news, and I just remember this. My wife was once named the union rep — she’s a teacher — and she was kind of excited. “Okay, I don’t know if I care for the unions, but I’ve been recognized as a great teacher,” and she went to a weekend, and they talked about LGBTQA.
They talked about racial “equity,” and this was years ago. And your wife finally raised her hand and got to ask a question, she said, “Are we gonna talk about the kids?” Literally, they laughed. My wife is now a retired teacher. Much more to get to in fact. What about “spinach passes” like a covid vaccine pass? It’s coming up.
TODD: Rush spoke out against the vaccine passports in paper form. Now they’re in digital form, and companies are selling them. There are states’ governors who are banning them, and that’s an attempt to control our body. There’s also this study that came out that said, “Midnight Snacking Affects Day’s Performance.” Study says that if you have a midnight snack, you’re gonna bonk the next day. You’re gonna perform poorly the next day.
Nuttiness. I spend a good time in gyms, and it’s not uncommon for a coach to send you a note saying, and I quote, “I need you to overfeed today.” When a coach says that to you, you’re going to be harmed the next day. But not in a permanent way, a way that engenders adaptation physically. Rush was always, always, always helping a spot attempt by the left trying to control our lives. Notice as the left does here that the left hates all personal freedoms unless it’s abortion, drugs, or sexual.
RUSH: Listen to this story. This is New York Times. Barry Schwartz. And the headline: “Nation of second guesses.” Let me sum this story for you up. “Choice is bad. Sure you improve your life, but you end up feeling worse as a result. Jobs, health care, retirement choices make us anxious and depressed.” This is an attack. This is a story saying we got too much freedom now.
We got too much freedom, and that’s why we’re too obese. We have too much freedom; that’s why we have too many job opportunities. We have too much freedom; that’s why we have too many medical and health care options. We have too much freedom. If we had less freedom and less choice, we wouldn’t second guess the choices we make, and we’d been all psychologically in bliss.
“If you believe that individuals are the best judges of their own welfare, giving them choices does more to enhance collective welfare than any universally imposed government program could.” “If you believe.” Don’t forget how this began. “If you believe that individuals are the best judges of their own welfare.” Well, who doesn’t? Liberals don’t.
Liberals don’t think you have the slightest understanding how to live your life the right way. You don’t have the maturity, the education, the judgment to make the right decisions in life. And that’s why they gonna do ’em for you. “Carl Schneider, law professor, University of Michigan, who specializes in medical ethics, has reported that patient satisfaction goes down when the choice of pharmaceutical and medical treatment goes up.
“‘My colleagues and I have identified many different reasons increased choice can have these paradoxical effects,’ writes Mr. Schwartz. ‘For starters, increased choice creates an enormous burden on people to seek the information needed to make a good decision. Who has the time to find the best digital camera, the best cell phone, the best 401(k), the best health insurance, or the best school for his children?'”
Uh, people who care do.
But, again, this misses the point. If some… Okay. You got a cell phone. Go buy a cell phone. It’s not hard. But you buy the cell phone that you like ’cause that’s what you’re gonna end up doing. If you don’t buy the cell phone you like, you’re gonna buy the cell phone you think you should have. If you buy the cell phone you think you should have, you’re gonna be unhappy with it, because you’re buying it because of external reasons.
You can think, “That’s the one I should be seen with. This is the one that’s the most popular. This is the one Consumer Reports says. This is the one that I see most often. This is the one that” blah, blah. Never once do you say, “It’s what I wanted.” “Why?” “I like the way it looked.” People laugh at me if I say, “I like the way it looked.” I’m supposed to be reasonably intelligent and have re…?
No. Go buy the cell phone you want! When you got it, use it, and be done with it. But, no. We are so obsessed with what people think of our choices. It’s not that there are too many choices. Don’t fall for this. I am begging you people. It’s not that there are too many choices. It’s not that we have too much freedom. It’s that we’re too screwed up.
And we are too concerned about what somebody’s gonna think of our choice rather than whether we are happy with it ourselves. Second-guessing it comes in the fact that you don’t have confidence in yourself or you don’t have the security in yourself or you’re afraid that somebody’s not gonna approve of the choice you made or somebody’s gonna laugh at you for it or criticize you for it or whatever.
If you had the ability to be happy with who you are and the choices you make, then the more choices, the better. But as long as you’re gonna transfer power to all these external people and forces to determine whether or not you made the right choice, you’re always gonna be unhappy, you’re always gonna be second-guessing whether your choice is for people or objects.
TODD: And there are people , very rich, very powerful people like LeBron James, who… I don’t know James. I just look at this tweet that he put out about this cop in Columbus, Ohio, “You’re next,” and then he deleted it. I contend he is a victim of CNN narrative-making on that topic.
TODD: CNN wants you to know this: “Children’s healthiest meals of the day come from school cafeterias.” Megan Marples wants us to believe this from CNN. I like how it’s just inconclusively said. It’s a fact! Not “some children,” “children’s.” This has been a drive of the left forever, and we’re talking about controlling the body. I am not kidding you when I tell you that in Seattle, this is a true story.
Parents began getting phone calls and visits and nastygrams and such from the schools saying, “We do not approve of the food you sent with your kid.” One lady had sent, I think it was a peanut butter-and-jelly sandwich, chocolate milk, some beef jerky, et cetera. The school came back and said, “Okay. Here’s what we need to you to do.
“We need some apple juice in here and some carrots.” It happens that she did what’s called “the macros,” so the percentage of protein and carbohydrates and fat and she went back and said, “Yours is all fat, carbohydrates. Mine has a better balance. So shut up.” This was how far they extended things, controlling parents.
So from racist cheese (yes, we talked about that) to midnight snacking, the food police are coming at you from every direction. Back in 2012, Rush Limbaugh pointed out how the government was stepping in to tell parents what their kids could and couldn’t eat. It wasn’t new then, and it’s just accelerating right now.
RUSH: This is from Raeford, North Carolina. Carolina Journal. I’m gonna read it to you exactly as it printed out here: “A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because a state employee told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious. The girl’s turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips and apple juice did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the agent who was inspecting all lunch box lunches in her More at Four classroom that day.”
There are federal agents inspecting lunch boxes? See, I don’t have kids. You heard of this? You heard of this, Snerdley? I know you don’t have kids that you know of, either. I’ve not heard of federal agents inspecting lunch boxes. And, furthermore, I’ve not heard of agents declaring that what’s in them is not nutritious enough and throwing them out and substituting three chicken nuggets.
Turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, apple juice, thrown out, didn’t meet USDA guidelines, according to the interpretation of the agent who was inspecting all lunch boxes. “The Division of Child Development and Early Education at the Department of Health and Human Services requires all lunches served in pre-kindergarten programs — including in-home day care centers — to meet USDA guidelines.
That means lunches must consist of one serving of meat, one serving of milk, one serving of grain, and two servings of fruit or vegetables, even if the lunches are brought from home. When home-packed lunches do not include all of the required items, child care providers must supplement them with the missing ones. The girl’s mother — who said she wishes to remain anonymous to protect her daughter from retaliation — said she received a note from the school stating that students who did not bring a ‘healthy lunch’ would be offered the missing portions, which could result in a fee from the cafeteria, in her case $1.25.
“‘I don’t feel that I should pay for a cafeteria lunch when I provide lunch for her from home,’ the mother wrote in a complaint to her state representative… The girl’s grandmother, who sometimes helps pack her lunch, told Carolina Journal that she is a petite, picky 4-year-old who eats white whole wheat bread and is not big on vegetables. ‘What got me so mad is, number one, don’t tell my kid I’m not packing her lunch box properly,’ the girl’s mother [said]. ‘I pack her lunch box according to what she eats. It always consists of a fruit. It never has a vegetable. She eats vegetables at home because I have to watch her because she –
Do you believe this? I do! The food Nazis — and, by the way, this is Michelle (My Belle)’s program: No Child’s Behind Left Alone. Folks, what is going on here? Do you know what frightens me? This has probably going on and has been good guy a lot longer than I know because I don’t have children. I wonder: How many people, how many parents are acquiescing to this?
“When the girl came home with her lunch untouched, her mother wanted to know what she ate instead. Three chicken nuggets, the girl answered. Everything else on her cafeteria tray went to waste. ‘She came home with her whole sandwich I had packed, because she chose to eat the nuggets on the lunch tray, because they put it in front of her,’ her mother said.
“‘You’re telling a 4-year-old. “Oh. your lunch isn’t right,” and she’s thinking there’s something wrong with her food.'” What is wrong with a turkey sandwich and a banana? By the way, at West Hoke Elementary School in Raeford, North Carolina, every student had their lunch box inspected. And I think every student failed in having a nutritious lunch by the agent in charge, which is probably an SEIU union cafeteria worker.
TODD: Rush mentioned the union worker. When there were school strikes outside of Seattle, a group decided to serve pizza to the kids. The union came along and said, “No, we’ll have you arrested,” because they own those cafeterias. Incredible what we’re doing to young people.