A British educator who used to appear on a prominent BBC show called Tough Young Teachers is advising teachers to tell their students the “truth” about right-wing politics in Europe and the United States.
Oliver Beach wrote an op-ed for the weekly TES educators magazine which said the “most frightening development following the Brexit vote and Trump is the acceptance of post-truth politics”. In the piece, Beach encouraged teachers to shield students from Donald Trump’s message, which had the “ability to divide, terrorize, outrage, and exclude.”
According to Beach, the world doesn’t need any more “Donald Trumps, Nigel Farages, or Marine Le Pens,” but rather a new generation of “Martin Luther Kings, Harvey Milks, and Rosa Parks.”
The former teacher said he was worried about “young people in education right now who are searching for a role model and thinking about their futures.”
Along the way, Beach insisted that “naive voters” fell for the “lies” of Trump and European populists who sold them a bill of goods about the EU and Mexican immigration. He said it was up to teachers to “challenge questionable” conservative politics in the classroom and fight back against a “narrative of pro-guns, anti-gays, limiting women’s reproductive rights and building physical national borders.”
We can’t speak for what things are like in the U.K., but here at home, the tentacles of progressive politics are already deeply entrenched in the public school system. This only promises to get worse after the 2016 election, as liberals are scrambling to figure out how they can avoid a political catastrophe like this in the future. It will take a great deal of vigilance on the part of parents, the Trump administration, and local Republican politicians to keep liberal propaganda from getting out of control over the next four years.
There’s nothing wrong with cultivating conscientious students who can follow in the footsteps of the civil rights pioneers that Beach mentions, but there’s also nothing wrong with promoting strong leaders who want what’s best for their nations. The idea that it’s racist to protect your borders and look after your own economy is a ridiculous, dangerous thing to teach young men and women.
The Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump were not isolated events that came out of nowhere. They were a reaction to the failed globalist policies that liberals have used to ruin to make themselves rich at the expense of national security and economic growth. If teachers really want to expose their students to the truth, they can start there.