Back in the Sixties, Dan Siegel’s claim to fame was leading the charge to tear down the fence around “People’s Park,” a lot owned by the University of California which was to be the site of new dorms. The charge led to the occupation of Berkeley by the National Guard, but in the end of course the radicals won. Intimidated by the left, supported as always by the media and all good thinking progressives, the University backed down and the lot became a park. Over the next thirty years the park became a home for Berkeley’s derelicts, the site of many rapes and other urban crimes and the Center of Berkeley’s heroin trade. Over the same years, Dan Siegel became involved in every radical cause that came along including support of America’s enemies at home and abroad.
Now the puerile radicals are in control of the schools themselves, both universities and K-12 systems like Oakland. Radicals are not bothered by the niceties of innocence or the responsibilities of educators. Born bullies whose views are bankrupt, indoctrination is their game. And lying as well. Here is the AP’s watered down account of what happened: “Oakland’s school board drew criticism for authorizing a teach-in on Iraq that was dominated by opponents of a possible war….No one on the list of speakers at Tuesday’s event supported the Bush administration’s assertion that war may be necessary to remove Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein….But organizers, who called the event a timely exercise in critical thinking, said they simply couldn’t find pro-war speakers who were willing to appear. ‘Our teachers and our students here in Oakland are too smart to be victims of propaganda,’ said Dan Siegel, a member of the school board. ‘Our goal is to do education and to have people make up their own minds.'”
Like first graders.