For decades, even before the collapse of the Soviet Union, stories of collectivist indoctrination of children to be “good” members of Soviet society had been reported. Vladimir Lenin, who stated, “Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever,” knew that indoctrination was the key to having a uniformly obedient collectivist society. His successor, Josef Stalin, was even more blunt (and brutal) in his imposition of state obedience replacing family loyalty. It is, perhaps with that in mind, that we Americans become particularly suspect of state intervention with our children.
Kyle Olsen, writing at BigGovernment.com caught this disturbing story of public school officials in Lee County, North Carolina using children to lobby parents for education spending. It may have gone largely unnoticed had one of those parents not been State Representative Mike Stone [R] who received a letter from his own daughter.
Representative Stone has every right to be angry at school district officials for the blatant manipulation of his own daughter.
“As I read through this (letter), anger completely shot through me, and I was trying to hold myself together,” he said. “(It’s unconscionable) to know any education system would use a daughter against her father.”
What Lee and other parents should be steaming mad about is the encouragement from Lee County’s statist school superintendent Jeff Moss is showing
Superintendent Jeff Moss said letters were also sent from students in other local schools to their representatives and to Gov. Beverly Perdue. Letters weren’t written to “Mike Stone, the father” but to “Mike Stone, the representative,” he said.
“If you’re not interested in receiving letters from people in your district, don’t run for public office,” Moss said.
He said he doesn’t see a problem with a writing exercise that has students supporting public education.
Moss’ manipulation of eight-year old children against their parents shouldn’t come as a shock to the citizens of Lee County, North Carolina. You see, like other collectivists before him, Superintendent Moss, knows that shaping young minds produces good little comrades.
With the community’s support and involvement, we will continue our mission “to teach each student the social and academic skills needed to become a responsible and productive citizen.”
It must be wonderful that public school officials in Lee County, NC feel obliged to turn a daughter against a father, or manipulate schoolkids behind their parents’ backs.
“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776