HOW TO SURVIVE IN YOUR LIBERAL SCHOOL by James K. Fitzpatrick

HOW TO SURVIVE IN YOUR LIBERAL SCHOOL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Fitzpatrick aims to give students an inoculation against Liberalism, served up in our high schools like cookies and milk. Freedom, by the Founding Fathers' definition, ""was not an early version of 'do your own thing,' "" he says reprovingly, pointing out that parents have no recourse against tenured teachers unless they can afford an expensive private school. Fair enough. Fitzpatrick then goes on to write off Liberalism as ""a disease of the heart"" and to recite the entire litany of conservative complaints on the way America's past is presented, mostly by social studies teachers, to the gullible young. A Liberal (you can spot one a mile away--he's the guy who refuses an American flag lapel button at a Fourth of July picnic and snickers when a John Wayne movie is mentioned) defines patriotism as ""mindless jingoism,"" capital punishment as ""institutionalized murder"" and Joe McCarthy as ""America's greatest threat."" It's just not so. Communists and Liberals are ""soul brothers"" and ""the modern, bearded, booted, long-haired, blue-jeaned Mr. Liberal Fruitloop is the representative of a permissive and immoral lifestyle."" The solution? Fitzpatrick finds himself in agreement with educators on the Left who feel that the time has come to raze the public schools and let parents educate their children however they wish with the tuition money they now pour, in the form of taxes, into institutions where kids are taught to disrespect Christianity and private property. And Fruitloops.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1975
Publisher: Arlington House