Kaia Regan, 8, looks inside a papier mache pipeline built as part of a protest in Toronto Monday May 7, 2012.
Credits: MICHAEL PEAKE/TORONTO SUN/QMI AGENCY
TORONTO - "Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted." - Vladimir Lenin
One school seems to be sowing the seeds of hate against the Jews.
Another seems to be training third graders to learn how to be professional protesters against capitalism and The Harper government.
Who needs that boring reading, writing and arithmetic?
Since taxpayers are helping with the existence of both, should the Toronto District School Board tolerate such madness?
And should the Children's Aid Society be called in?
"Children have a strong sense of justice and empathy," reads a news release from The Grove Community Alternative School. "They recognize the unfairness of putting a pipeline through indigenous territory without consent."
Really? These kids are eight.
Do they teach them that their running shoes come from a polluting country like China or do they know the plastic trucks on their displayed papier mache pipeline prop are made from oil products?
At eight, they shouldn't have to know any of that.
Or have an opinion on anything.
Yet here's this teacher with earrings and a ring through his nose leading 17 of them in a demonstration against the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline outside the Toronto Public Library on Queen St. in Parkdale Monday.
"The teach-in comes at a time when the federal government attempts to squeeze concerned citizens to the fringes of society," says a news release.
This was happening during school hours.
"The Grove Community School is a public alternative school within the Toronto District School Board offering arts-infused, holistic learning, built on the core values of social justice, environmentalism, and community activism," says their website.
That explains it. It's one of those designer schools for alternative adults who want to shape their kids.
A 2009 MacLeans.ca story by Charlie Gillis sights Brazlian socialistic educator Paulo Freire's book, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, as one of the ideological influences.
In that book he wrote "education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world."
That might explain why they actually had the kids carrying picket protest signs and singing a "save the planet" anthem.
Maybe on their next field trip are they can hit Bay St. with the Occupy Toronto crowd.
And over at the East End Madrassah Sunday school, which rents space from a TDSB school, there is a program posted on its website called "The Purpose of Jihad" where it said: "Unlike the beliefs of the ancient Romans, the Jews, and the Nazis, Islam is not restricted to a certain community of a certain race."
It also had a section called "End of Jewish Plots and Treacheries" where it said: "Ever since the Prophet's entry into Madina, the treacherous Jews had vehemently opposed him and his Islamic call" and that "the crafty Jews ... conspired to kill Prophet Muhammad."
When he returns home, maybe this school can invite terrorist Omar Kadhr in for show and tell.
And over at The Grove Community School, perhaps the Black Bloc can be brought into teach the best "smashy, smashy" tactics and how to avoid arrest.
The kids might as well learn this stuff while they are young.
As communist killer Josef Stalin once said "education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed."
Pretty slick work on the part of both schools. They get at the kids early, mould their young minds and get them to do their dirty work - while positioning them to be the left and anti-Semites of tomorrow.
And they use taxpayer-owned TDSB schools to do it, too.
But would they complain if someone wanted to set up a school for young conservatism or offer a curriculum on the history of Islamic terrorism?