When I grew up, childhood consisted of sandboxes, tag, and barbie dolls. Those were the days. In 2019, however, it’s commonplace for adults, teachers, and older teens to exploit, and indoctrinate children for political gain. Ah, childhood.
A survey by education week shows that teachers and professors are more likely to be Democrats than Republicans, and, according to the Pew Research Center, Independents are more likely to lean left than right. With this information, we can make an educated assumption that left-leaning teachers far outnumber right-leaning ones.
I can speak from personal experience, witnessed events, and the stories of those who have shared with me, when I say that this left-leaning bias in the teaching profession does manifest itself in the classroom. Authority figures, especially teachers, have the power to shape the lense through which students view the world.
We see movements such as The Sunrise Movement, and March for Our Lives, consisting of mainly young people, gaining traction daily. The Sunrise Movement claims to be “building an army of young people to stop climate change,” however, they refuse to explore other options and espouse unwavering support for the borderline socialist Green New Deal. This signals ignorance and closed-mindedness.
March for Our Lives claims to “harness the power of young people across the country to fight for sensible gun violence prevention policies that save lives.” They claim this while backing laws that prevent lower income people from accessing firearms, leaving them defenseless. They support policies that keep guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens, implement gun-free zones, and limit the ability to carry concealed firearms.
These policies leave people vulnerable. Their mission isn’t to protect people, its to infringe upon their rights.
The ignorance that these groups embrace can be understood because they are so young. They lack experience, and they refuse to consider all sides. Why would they? They weren’t taught how to.
This comes as no surprise when we consider the overwhelming left wing bias in schools and universities. There is a reason the voting age is 18. The middle schoolers who continue to skip school in protest of climate change are not esteemed voices in the political landscape.
Children lack the experience, access to information, and brain development necessary to even begin understanding complex political issues. Issues are simplified to a dangerous extent in order to be explained to children in a way they can comprehend. This oversimplification dishonestly crafts false dynamics of political issues in the minds of children.
Recently, a group of school children, accompanied by a woman assumed to be their teacher, attempted to guilt Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein into supporting the Green New Deal. The children carried a poster featuring a handwritten letter. As if a letter written by elementary students would be the deciding factor for a United States Senator contemplating legislation.
Children are pure and innocent. How can you say no? If a cute, little kid asks for taxes to be raised by 20%, you might just consider it for a second. Then, of course, you would come back to Earth, laugh, and decline.
Children, while pure and innocent, lack the understanding of taxation and economics to provide real analysis on the subject.
This use of children is not because of their notable contributions to intelligent discourse, rather, it’s because their cute, little faces water down the horrible truth of socialist policies. Using children is a dirty tactic that requires coercing children into supporting things they don’t understand.
Using children is an appeal to pathos, not logos. The use of children as political operatives relies simply on emotion, namely pity or sympathy. Look at their faces! You must support the Green New Deal! Look at their faces! We must ban all the guns!
It’s an easy way for leftists to accuse republican lawmakers of lacking compassion, or disregarding the lives of children.
Students should be urged to research. They should be encouraged to ponder and explore different ideas. Teachers and authority figures should not vocalize support for activism and protests. They should give students the tools to think freely and rationalize, and nothing more.
The nation’s future are not political pawns.
The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.