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The Arizona citizens upset about this kind of material said that they initiated an investigation into the problem back in 2007 and found it difficult to get access to the books. One activist said the concern began when parents came to be aware of violence in the schools directed against white and black children. âThis investigation was undertaken to find the roots of this hate,â she told me. Another person, in turn, âtold me the books in their Mexican-American classes are kept under âlock and keyâ and the kids canât even take them home. She said she asked to see them but they were very secretive about them and she was prohibited.â
However, the citizen activists persisted, demanding access to the books under a state open records law. The courses, after all, are taxpayer-funded. Eventually, a list of books was produced, and a controversy ensued.
The footnotes for Pedagogy of the Oppressed tell us a lot about the nature of the book. Sources include Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, Mao, Herbert Marcuse, and Vladimir Lenin.
The American Educational Research Association (AERA), which Bill Ayers serves as a vice-president, includes a âPaulo Freire Special Interest Groupâ in his honor. AERA has more than 25,000 members, including âeducators; administrators; directors of research; persons working with testing or evaluation in federal, state and local agencies; counselors; evaluators; graduate students; and behavioral scientists.â
More open than even Bill Ayers about the mission, Paula Allman wrote Critical Education Against Global Capitalism, incorporating the ideas of Marx, Freire and Antonio Gramsci, the Italian communist who emphasized the subversion of Western cultural institutions such as the educational system. Allman is in the School of Continuing Education at the University of Nottingham, England. The foreword to her book is by UCLA Professor Peter McLaren, one of those on Bill Ayersâ own âblog rollâ of favorite websites, and an open advocate of âRevolution as education,â the subtitle of one of his books. Allman, he wrote, was âpart of a bold new group of Marxist educationalists in Britainâ¦â
Here, McLaren is leading the charge, as Ayers tags along and gets most of the âglory.â
Bill Ayers explains to his students that Freireâs Pedagogy of the Oppressed is âa complicated and layered book that will likely take you some time and sustained commitment.â This is a book written by a Marxist for the purpose of sparking communist revolution. As the title indicates, this is a Marxist view of oppressors and the oppressed. Hence, students reading this book are supposed to come to an understanding of how various groups in society are being âoppressed.â In fact, students themselves may come to believe, under careful guidance, that they, too, are members of the âoppressedâ class. Didnât such a realization lead to the âstudent movementâ of the 1960s, of which Ayers and his wife Bernardine Dohrn, were prominent members? http://www.academia.org/arizona-ethnic-studies-exposed/