[Marxism] Re: Teachers in Australia Attacked for Anti-US Bias!
mclaren at gseis.ucla.edu
Sun Aug 21 17:00:22 MDT 2005
>From Peter McLaren:
Teachers accused of anti-US bias
By John Garnaut and Geesche Jacobsen
August 22, 2005
The federal Treasurer has drawn a rebuke from teachers for warning them
against spreading anti-Americanism in schools and suggesting it could mutate
into anti-Westernism and terrorist attacks against Australia.
Venturing outside his usual economic territory, Peter Costello said many
teachers were carrying left-wing ideological baggage from the 1970s.
"If your teacher's carrying that bias it tends to get passed on," he said
yesterday. "Anti-Americanism can easily morph into anti-Westernism.
Particularly you've seen that with terrorists. They don't really draw
distinctions between Americans or Britons or Australians; they just like to
hit anybody who they consider to be part of the West."
Mr Costello's comments to Channel Nine followed a lengthy critique of the
US-Australia relationship at the Australian American Leadership Dialogue on
The NSW Teachers Federation condemned Mr Costello's comments as "absolute
nonsense". Its senior vice-president, Angelo Gavrielatos, said: "The
constant denegration of teachers isn't good for the country."
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