Bill Ayers to speak in Fargo/Moorhead

Dr. William Ayers, formerly Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and founder of both the Small Schools Workshop and the Center for Youth and Society, will be the 2013 College of Education and Human Services Visiting Scholar. Dr. Ayers will make his campus-wide address on Tuesday, Feb. 26 in Weld Hall at 7 p.m., titled Teaching from the Heart: Education for Enlightenment and Freedom. All are invited and welcome.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • whowon

    Nice. formerly Distinguished…before terrorism? Education system doesn’t seem to mind. Remember when the NEA had this on their site? No longer there but a screen capture was done.

    • $8194357

      The whole CPUSA Progressive Democratic Caucus is brainwashed with Allinsky/Ayers communist doctrines,,,The DNC is terminal with this cancers spread.

  • Kevin Flanagan

    Will he be sharing his bomb recipes?

    • sbark

      His “tools of the trade” nowdays is subversion thru Education with another version of Dewey’ism, which was a cute form of communism

      • $8194357

        He wrote the indoctrinational “accredidation courses” for the modern leftist teachers colleges…They hate capitalism and “rule of law”.

  • ZwilD1

    WTF is Fargo’s malfuncation ?

    • Roy_Bean

      It’s actually Moorhead State University. Minnesota takes these things very seriously.

  • sbark

    AmThinker just had a article on Ayers……
    The gist of that article is the instead of subverting the USA via the Weather Underground, he just moved into the Educ via Dewey’ism

    I wonder how many of the 25 million capitalists Ayers “wondered what to do with” after the fall of the USA, will buy tickets to see him at MSU. Maybe Moorhead will have the same gonads UND showed up with and ends up cancelling Ayers Commie speech………..but its Minn.

    • $8194357

      FEMA Camps have been funded since before FEMA was birthed…
      Since back in Jimmy Carters days…Reagan funded their building with a mexican political/financial meltdown as the DC cover story..Who knows what they been setting us up for the last 60 years of communism as DC central planning all powerful state intrudes into both states rights and individual freedoms.

    • splined

      Perhaps the billion plus bullets DHS purchased are part of Ayers’ schemes.

    • JoeMN

      An example Ayers himself provides from teachers, of this Dewey’ism in action
      I hate grades—hate giving them, can’t stand getting them (unless, of course, I get an

      A+, and then I think I’m cool for a minute, until I start to feel cheap and silly).

      Giving grades drives most thoughtful teachers up a tree. It’s one of the worst

      moments in teaching—an insistent reminder that we are all cogs in a larger

      certification machine, that thought and care and mind and heart are not the main

      things about school, that hierarchy and one’s place in it is more important than

      engaged thinking, and that schooling is largely disconnected from learning and only

      loosely linked to education.

      Grades are distorting in many ways. They drive curriculum and narrow

      everyone’s perspective. They mean more to some students than to others, they tend

      to reward obedience and conformity, they are more important to students than to

      teachers, they undermine trust and cooperation, they twist relationships and

      encourage toadyism, and they discourage inquiry, risk-taking, creativity, and much

      more. They are about monitoring, controlling, and punishing. They close downthinking where education is supposed to open it up

      • awfulorv

        Very few of we citizens would insist on teaching to the “dreaded” grades, if schools would produce even second class graduates. Instead they’ve been producing rabidly opinionated, liberally indoctrinated, embarrassments. Pretty close to what the Communist Internationale, and Bill Ayers, have been striving for, over the years.

        • JoeMN

          Classroom grades are important….for the student.

          Imagine a kid sitting in a class, working his tail off studying to do well.

          Next to this one is another kid who did nothing but shoot spitballs all semester.

          Then the teacher announces they both passed the class. And that’s it.

          Next year you are virtually guaranteed TWO spitball throwers.

          But yes, the arbitrary grades teachers give out are meaningless to those of us trying to assess a teacher, or a school’s performance.

          This is why standardized / SAT testing is under constant assault by the left/unions.
          Yet even testing is not enough to curb the left’s soft bigotry of low expectations

          Just last month public schools in both Virginia and Washington D.C.
          announced targets for how many students in each racial group must pass
          for schools to remain in good standing. For example, in Virginia only
          45% of black students in each school must pass standardized math tests
          while 68% of whites, and 82% of Asians must do the same
          So you see, since they can’t be entrusted to improve ALL students scores,so the solution is to simply delete the test.

  • $8194357

    Now here is a bona fide “domestic terrorist”.
    Barrys buddy Bill…..

  • JoeMN

    Even though all are welcome, his target audience appears to be future educators.

    Teaching from the Heart: Education for Enlightenment and Freedom.

    Would it be safe to assume the title of Ayers speech is a representation of it’s contents ?
    Let’s break this down some.
    “Teaching from the heart” …….denotes relaying ones feelings and/or emotions over the logic, reason, and cold impersonal fact derived from text.

    The dictionary definition of “enlightenment” is;

    freed from ignorance and misinformation

    So this would suggest that Ayers goal is for future teachers to walk away from his speech carrying the notion forward that they must “free students of this inherent ignorance and misinformation” derived from the logic, reason, and impersonal fact inherent in text , and indoctrinate them using feelings and emotion

    Class dismissed.

    (I wonder if Ayers will now share his speaking fee with me) ?

    • $8194357

      Cultural terrorism…
      Better known as ‘political correctness’..
      Ayers is an Alinsky radical as well as the rest of the
      Progressive Democratic Caucaus…

  • Dallas

    Some of you should go, listem. You might not take yourself so seriously.

    • JoeMN

      Not likely if it’s in a gun free zone.

      Domestic terrorists are one reason to be armed.

      • $8194357

        So is going near Chicago….
        Ayers is from Chicago..

        Should the U.S. pull out of Chicago?

        Body count: In the last six months, 292 killed (murdered) in Chicago compared to 221 killed in Iraq, and Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the entire US.

        President: Barack Obama
        Senator: Dick Durbin
        Congressman: Jesse Jackson Jr.
        Governor: Pat Quinn
        House leader: Mike Madigan
        Atty. Gen.: Lisa Madigan (daughter of Mike)
        Mayor: Rahm Emanuel

        The leadership in Illinois – all Democrats.
        Thank you for the combat zone in Chicago.

        Of course, they’re all blaming each other.
        Can’t blame Republicans; there aren’t any!

        Chicago school system rated one of the worst in the country.
        Can’t blame Republicans; there aren’t any!

        State pension fund $78 Billion in debt, worst in country.
        Can’t blame Republicans; there aren’t any!

        Cook County (Chicago) sales tax 10.25% highest in country.
        Can’t blame Republicans; there aren’t any!

        This is the political culture that Obama comes from in Illinois.
        And he is going to “fix” Washington politics for us???

        George Ryan is no longer governor; he is in the big house. Of course he was replaced by Rod Blagojevich who is…that’s right, also in the big house. And Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned recently. That’s because he is fighting being sent to…right again, the big house!

        The Land of Lincoln, where governors make our license plates!!!!

    • sbark

      Is it free…………or is he going to use capitalism and charge a fee to enter
      ………..and then what is going to do with the fees—donate to the Moorhead Planned Parenthood “clinic”

  • ec99

    What’s he costing them?
    What did Angela Davis cost UND?

  • Yogibare

    This is what the Dem’s and Lib’s and Prog’s refer to as a “balanced approach”.
    Balanced as it applies to governance, taxation, spending, education, etc.

  • awfulorv

    There is a time, I would imagine, in a person’s life when no more BS is warranted, when nothing but the truth is desired, expected,, or will suffice. That time would seem to be on one’s deathbed.

    That is the time when those things a dying man were most proud of having accomplishing during his lifetime, were written down, or shouted from the rooftops.

    Strange then, that we’ve not been made aware of any great treatise having been written by an exalted Communist leader shortly before their death.

    Of course my preposition may be torn asunder when Fidel publishes his blockbuster next week but, somehow, I don’t think it’s publication is imminent.

    And that loud mouth, of all dictators, not taking the opportunity to harangue his captives on his way out, tells me I’m onto something.

    It is, almost, as if, rather than taking pride in what they’d done, they were embarrassed about the turmoil, the misery, the destruction, they, and their followers, have caused while on this earth.

    Many times one of their supporters will publish a tome, after the great one’s death, but this is usually nothing more than a means of enrichment, and self aggrandizement, rather than true homage.

    The obvious question to be asked then is, why would an, otherwise, intelligent person, follow these charlatans down those roads which have proven so destructive throughout history?
    I have an idea which must be faulty for, were it true, the human race can never be expected to rise above it’s most basic instinct, which is sex, and procreation.

  • MaX

    It should be no surprise that MSU would host this SOB!
    He is going to be speaking on “how to incorporate social justice issues into curriculum”.
    he wants social justice…maybe he can turn himself over to the
    relatives of the innocent people he murdered and they can hang the POS!!!!!!!!!!

  • Gene Kraft

    I was called by the MSU Alumni Association for a contribution; and this ‘speaker’ made up my mind on that matter. I clearly remember the Weathermen, the SDS on the sidewalks of MSU, and all such leftist terrorists. I will never forget the bombings in our nation, and certainly the infamous photo of Ayers trampling the American flag. THIS combat Veteran will NOT be contributing on that account.