Bill Ayers and Me
Possibly Ayers’ influence is an aberration in an organization that bills itself as “the most prominent international professional organization, with the primary goal of advancing educational research and its practical application.”
Wrong. Sadly, Ayers’ radical worldview permeates AERA. I know, because I am a former AERA employee. I worked in AERA’s national office in Washington, D.C. from 2002-2004. Among my duties were managing production of AERA publications, including its flagship journal Educational Researcher. Educational Researcher published deep scholarly work like UCLA education professor Peter McLaren’s love song to totalitarianism, Reconsidering Marx in post-Marxist Times: A Requiem for Post Modernism. McLaren’s webpage is a sick testimonial to murderous thug Ché Guevera, and a totalitarian communist ideology responsible for the murder of more than 90 million people.
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I had the arduous task of editing manuscripts with titles like “So When It Comes Out, They Aren’t That Surprised That It Is There”: Using Critical Race Theory as a Tool of Analysis of Race and Racism in Education, and Critical Social Theory and Transformative Knowledge: The Functions of Criticism in Quality Education.
Forget for a moment the unwieldy titles, copyediting their manuscripts revealed that the authors showed a disturbingly low grasp of the English language, and its rules of grammar and punctuation. Furthermore, the manuscripts contained so much pseudo academic jargon that after every sentence I had stop and ask myself, “What the hell did that mean?”