03 October 2009

I'll Take Crocker

My previous post linked to museum shops that offer H. W. Crocker's excellent book, Robert E. Lee on Leadership. If that troubles you, perhaps you'll be comforted in knowing that the National Education Association recommends Saul Alinsky. So with whom do you feel more comfortable, hmmm?

Let's wait and see if we witness any hand-wringing or howls over the NEA's endorsement of a radical leftist. Here's a choice Alinsky quote taken from the NEA's endorsement of Alinsky's book:

"Conservative interests know that while Liberals are most adept at breaking their own necks with their tongues, Radicals are most adept at breaking the necks of Conservatives."

And . . .

"He will fight conservatives whether they are business or labor leaders." (Emphasis mine.)

Since the NEA endorses such views, (right beside a link to "Lesson Plans" by the way!) would it not be reasonable to assume that those of us who approach education from a more traditional viewpoint are accurate in their criticisms regarding much of academia's leftist ideology? Of course it would, which is why they protest so loudly - and unconvincingly.


Corey Meyer said...

Richard, why are trying to make this discussion about Crocker's book a left vs. right argument?

Those of us who have commented on Kevin Levin's site are discussing the poor history he puts forth in his book...and doing a damn fine job of tearing the book apart I might add...and you want to compare this to some book the Nat. Endowment for the Arts sells?

Maybe you should add my crtique of you on the left hand side of your blog...

"Poor Historian at best, Neo-Confederate at worst."

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...


First of all, that very thing was already done by Kevin and others (and I don't object to it). Secondly, your continuous blunders expressed in your comments are a tad embarrassing - the book is not being "sold" by the group to whose site I linked. And it's not the "Nat. Endowment for the Arts." It's the National Education Association. Did you even bother to read the post and link?

And third, you are welcome to disagree, and do so vehemently, but insulting me will cause your comments to get rejected. The only reason I posted this one was to display for everyone your rather entertaining ability to discuss that which you know nothing about.

Corey Meyer said...

I apologize for the mistake. I must have read the word endorsement after NEA and thought Endowment...on some good cold meds right now.

Plus, I should know the NEA, I am a member. But I did not look at the site until after I posted the message.

But then again, it does not matter what site is pushing the book, what does the NEA and selling that book have to do with Crockers poor history?

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...


It is a part of the wide-ranging and ongoing debate regarding the different perspectives on historical interpretation and "objectivity", i.e. "conservative/liberal/radical." The NEA is the largest educational Union in the Nation. Their leadership is hard left and plays a major role in the educational philosophy in the public schools.

Levin and many other academics and teachers who regularly post on his site poo-poo as "conspiracy thinking" the notion that academia is rife with leftist ideology. They then criticize someone like Crocker as biased, right-wing, agenda-driven history while they ignore the likes of the NEA, Zinn, Foner, and so many others who push a radical, left-wing agenda.

Bottom line, their credibility is pretty much non-existent.