Andi Bayer Says Teachers Using “Anti-American” Materials

I’m not sure what Andi Bayer thinks our teachers are doing in Fairfax County Public Schools, but she’s now claiming students are taught “anti-American” and “pro-socialism” material.

“I tutor these kids, I see what they’re learning,” Bayer said at a closed door Republican fundraiser. “It is anti-American, it is anti-capitalism, it is pro-socialism, and it is pro pro pro pro activism. All you have to do is look at the books and we are in for a long ride to you know where if we turn things around.”

Of course, this is coming from the same woman who claimed we’re wasting money on teacher training and creating a “child centered utopia,” so it shouldn’t come as a shock that Bayer’s demeaning teachers by suggesting they’re a part of some “anti-American” agenda and promoting subversive materials. This type of disrespect she’s showing for teachers is also a prime example of why the Fairfax Education Association has endorsed Karl Frisch.

In addition to suggesting teachers are using “anti-American” materials in our schools, it also jumps out that she’s drawing on her experience as a tutor in these remarks. This is noteworthy because Bayer has often suggested it’s horrible that students receive tutoring.

“The one thing this board was innovative about this year, I don’t agree with. And that was putting tutoring facilities in elementary schools,” Bayer said in just one of several statements she made demeaning the use of tutoring at a forum at Mantua Elementary School. “Isn’t it the job of seven to seven and half hours a day for your child to come out of a school and not need tutoring?”

Considering how she’s made other negative remarks about tutoring, it seems as though she wants to using the issue to launch attacks against others but doesn’t mind the use of tutoring when she personally profits from it.. This is simply not the type of leadership we need on the Fairfax County School Board.

For those who are interested, here’s the full remarks that Andi Bayer gave. Her “anti-American” remarks start at the 1:24 mark.

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1 Response to Andi Bayer Says Teachers Using “Anti-American” Materials

  1. JayC93 says:

    This is not surprising from hardline conservatives… they have literally believed this since before the Cold War.

    Yes, in the 1930s and 40s the Harold Rugg history series and some of the teaching methods proposed by John Dewey and his fellow progressives were labelled unpatriotic and Socialist/ Communist.
    After WWII when the Soviets became the biggest enemy of the US, this only accelerated with mainstream history and civics texts like Magruder’s ‘American Government’ attacked by Rosalie Gordon, E. Merrill Root, America’s Future of New Rochelle, the John Birch Society et al. In some cases, just the mention of the poverty and slums that existed in pre-New Deal America was (revealingly) assailed as an implicit attack on free enterprise, while other texts were criticized for daring to encourage students to think for themselves about or (the horror!) debate current political issues. As J. Evetts Haley, a hard Right standard-bearer of Texas said, ‘Both sides? Until they are older, children should be taught ONLY the AMERICAN SIDE’. Even mainstream conservatives frequently spoke out against UNESCO, and its goals of educating children in ‘world-mindedness’ rather than exclusionary and jingoistic nationalism were frequently read as ‘anti-American’.

    By the 1970s/80s- era of Kanawha County textbooks battle in WV and the Gablers’ peak influence over Texas textbook adoptions- ultraconservative publications continued to red-bait but it began to slide into second place behind ‘culture war’ concerns in the continued fight over ‘un-American’ education materials. See the two book-length attacks on the largest US teacher union from this period, Sam Blumenfeld’s ‘NEA: Trojan Horse in American Education’ and Sally Reed’s ‘NEA: Front for the Radical Left’, both of which primarily argued against NEA undermining ‘traditional values’ with a ‘secular humanism’ that endorses feminism, gay liberation, ‘forced busing’, gun control etc. whilst also painting union leaders as communist sympathisers who wished to brainwash your child into sharing their politics through the schools.

    After the Eastern Bloc fell and into the new millennium, with the Communist charge even more risible to average citizens education watchdog groups began warning of ‘global education’ as a plot to replace American sovereignty with ‘one world order’. This continues to date alongside claims that textbooks are slanted against America and ‘the West’ by being too harsh on, or insufficiently inclusive of, Christianity while ‘promoting’ Islam, and that programs like the International Baccalaureate inspire dangerous ‘globalism’.

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