Sunday, June 10, 2012

A Musing About Politics And High School Debate

People tend to believe high school teachers are liberals.  The thinking apparently stems from the logic that the National Education has endorsed President Obama and Obama instituted health care reform so teachers must be socialists.

At the National Forensics League's National Tournament, conservative vendors seem to be engaging in capitalism.  One vendor sells handbooks extolling conservative values of the Constitution.  My favorite, however. Is the Ayn Rand Institute.  The young, enthusiastic Randians handed out a free Ayn Rand Sampler that contained excerpts from Atlas Shrugged and The Virtue of Selfishness.  I'm unsure how Rand herself would react to her work being given away.

For the record I saw no Chomsky readers and no one offered handbooks deconstructing the Constitution.

Is it possible that education is not a liberal monolith?

1 comment:

Anna said...

You have to keep in mind that these are the arguments that are popular, not neceassily what debaters/judges believe. Having said that, the NFL is fairly conservative & because of the way it selects debaters for the national tournament, rural districts are disproportionatly repesented, which skews it even further. I bet you'd see at least a few Chomsky readers at NDT.