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Radical Teachers at NEA:

According to Michelle Malkin, the National Education Association is recommending two of Saul Alinsky’s books,  Reveille for Radicals and Rules for Radicals, to member teachers. “An inspiration to anyone contemplating action in their community! And to every organizer!” states the NEA webpage (emphasis original).

This might explain some of the things we’ve found the NEA supporting over the last couple years.

Government Organizes Children for 2010 Census:

Meanwhile, the U.S. Census Bureau has launched its own curriculum to promote the 2010 Census, and the voluntary school worksheets might just illuminate the type of community organizing promoted by public school teachers. In the “Community Power” worksheet designed by Scholastic Inc., 7th and 8th grade students are encouraged to “…work with the members of your group and brainstorm ways to help convince people in your community about the importance of the census.”

Another worksheet instructs students to “develop an information campaign about the 2010 Census” and “Select a method to share your information such as: presentations at a PTA/PTO meeting, presentation software, web page, blogs, radio or television announcements, or newspaper editorials.”

The campaign, “Census in Schools,” launched today at Digital Harbor High School in Baltimore.

H1N1 Vaccine not so voluntary in NY schools:

The NY Daily News reported on Friday that New York public schools have administered the H1N1 vaccine to two students without parental permission. One girl at Public School 335, Nikiyah Torres-Pierre, was rushed to the hospital due an alleged allergic reaction to the shot.

The kicker: the nurse didn’t check Nikiyah’s name before administering the shot and after her bad reaction “tried to get [the mom] to sign a consent form, after the fact” (emphasis added).

Similarly, a “student at PS 65 in Staten Island also received the vaccine without parental permission on Wednesday, but officials gave no further details.”

Bethany Stotts is a staff writer at Accuracy in Academia.