This blog post was written by YAF Alumna Kiana Dunn.
Public schools have become socialist establishments dominated by some of the most radical Leftists in the United States.
Evidence of this is shown by the huge decline in moral values among younger generations because we now get our morals from the government. Our parents remember a time when the school system encouraged personal responsibility and virtue. Now, the school system promotes dependency on the government and makes excuses for bad behavior. For instance, last year California taxpayers funded a multi million dollar “Learning Center” at my school for students who were either failing their classes, or weren’t going to graduate high school. Taxpayers also pay for “free” daycare for the teenage mothers at my school. Students learn before they can even vote that the government will take care of them because there are no consequences for their actions.
Part of the socialist agenda in our schools is to end values like individualism and the American dream; instead, they encourage collectivism, “diversity”, and my personal favorite- political correctness. For example, when I was in high school I was asked to participate in a 5 day “leadership program.” It turned out to be a class entitled, Bridging Multiple Worlds, where I was taught about the inherent racism living inside all white people. The students and I gathered to watch a segment of the PBS special, Race- The Power of Illusion, which explained to us that, “our government and society have created advantages to being white,” and that, “racial practices were institutionalized within the government, laws, and society.” The irony of these diversity courses is that they claim to bring students together, but in reality they only divide them more. We cannot unify people by focusing on what makes us different, we need to focus on what makes us Americans.
After the realization that our schools are overrun by ideological terrorists that are destroying America’s youth, I knew I desperately needed to find a way to advance conservative ideas at my school.
In the summer of 2009, I found myself at the National Conservative Student Conference searching for a way to advance conservatism. The National Conservative Student Conference opened many doors for me. I was introduced to some of the country’s top conservative leaders including Ann Coulter, Newt Gingrich, and Robert Spencer. I left the conference armed with facts and historical examples to defend America and denounce those at my school who promoted liberal ideas. I was given ideas for projects (for example: the 9/11 Never Forget Project, No More Che Day, and Freedom Week) to advance patriotism and conservative values on my campus. I also made lasting friendships with like-minded students from all over the country. The conference changed my life.
Less than a year later I am now an intern with Young America’s Foundation and I am on the frontline of battling the spread of socialism in America. Our country has never seen change this radical, this fast. America will not hear the conservative message at school, on TV, or in most publications, which is why young conservatives need to promote the Conservative Movement and educate themselves through programs like the National Conservative Student Conference.