There are so many times where I’m watching Fox News where I have to remind myself that I’m watching a supposedly legitimate cable news channel. I’ve often joked that Saturday Night Live could create some of their political skits by simply quoting many of the hosts on Fox News verbatim.
Take for instance when several of the hosts on the Fox News program Outnumbered sounded off against public education and Advanced Placement U.S. History while discussing the recent push in Oklahoma to eliminate the course from the state’s public schools.
“There really shouldn’t be public schools,” co-host Kennedy Montgomery said. “I mean, we should really go to a system where parents of every stripe have a choice, have a say in the kind of education their kids get. Because when we have centralized bureaucratic education doctrines and dogmas like this, that’s exactly what happens.”
Here’s a rule to live by: If anyone is discussing anything and they use the words “doctrine” or “dogma” to try to fear-monger about that particular issue, ignore them, because they’re idiots.
She’s essentially saying that public education is nothing more than indoctrination. Well, I guess she’s right. Public education does seek to indoctrinate our nation’s children – with an education.
Fellow co-host Andrea Tantaros added to that by specifically attacking AP History, calling it nothing but “meaningless liberal crap.”
So, teaching about factual events in our nation’s history is “meaningless liberal crap”? Well, I guess she’s right as well. Facts and reality do often seem to have a liberal bias.
I really never thought I would see the day where we would have commentators on a major cable “news” station openly attacking education and calling for the abolishment of our public school system. Then again, this is Fox News that we’re talking about.
Though there was at least some sanity from Outnumbered guest Judge Alex Ferrer.
“I think we have to teach our students about the good, the bad and the ugly,” Ferrer said. “We don’t need to sugarcoat everything and tell them America was always wonderful. And we don’t need to make it look like Americans should be apologizing for every bad thing they’ve ever done. I think children should be raised knowing that their forefathers made mistakes too.”
“And we learn, and we hopefully advance and do better,” he continued.
This prompted Tantaros to go off on a ridiculous nationalistic rant where she stated that she wants to see the Department of Education abolished and believes that our history classes should mainly focus on historical events that promote the United States – mostly ignoring the bad stuff.
In other words, she wants the history we teach in our schools to essentially be nothing but pro-U.S.A. propaganda.
Am I the only one who sees a lot of fascism in all of this “ignore everything that makes our country look bad” nonsense?
It’s like I’ve said before, I’ve really just hit a point where I can’t take these people seriously. I really can’t believe I’ve spent the better part of the last week reading and writing articles about a state in this country actively trying to abolish an advanced history course because it’s teaching factual events that happened in our nation’s history.
This is something that’s so ridiculous that I wouldn’t blame anyone who had to double check to make sure this story wasn’t something taken from The Onion.
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