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Edina Lefties Try to Push Back, But Fail Miserably

For a week or more, leftists in Edina have been yammering on Facebook about how they were going to collect a huge number of Thinking Minnesota magazines that were mailed to residents of Edina, and deliver them to our office. Today, they finally tried to do so. Two women showed up at our office with a big box that contained a few copies of Thinking Minnesota. I introduced myself and invited them to come in, saying that I wanted to interview them. They refused to go beyond the entrance to our office, and one of them wouldn't even tell me...

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Center’s Exposé Dominates Debate Over Edina Schools

Kathy Kersten's bombshell cover story in the Fall issue of Thinking Minnesota on political indoctrination in the Edina public schools continues to reverberate. Today's spotlights the article's impact: "Charge of 'political indoctrination' heats up Edina school board race." An article alleging political “indoctrination” in the Edina School District has become one of the central topics of this year’s crowded school board race. The article was published in Thinking Minnesota, a magazine produced by the Center of the American Experiment, a conservative think tank, and sent to all households in Edina. Its author, Katherine Kersten, an Edina resident and senior fellow at the...

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Kathy Kersten Needs Defending in the Same Way a Fish Needs a Bike Path

About 25 years ago, not for the first time and not nearly for the last time, Kathy Kersten wrote something that made a lot of people on the left mad, really mad.  A quarter century later, she has done it again, making many of the ideological descendants of the people who were steamed at her back then steamed again.  I don’t recall what the big controversy was in the early 1990s, but the current one deals with her exposing education-corrupting, lefty activism in Edina schools.  For examples, see her Thinking Minnesota cover story or her Star Tribune op-ed summary of...

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Watch the Presentation that Kicked Off the Edina School Controversy

We started writing about political indoctrination in the Edina public schools during the Summer, but the event that first gained widespread attention in Edina was my presentation to the Senate District 49 BPOU meeting on September 26. The speech was basically a preview of Kathy Kersten's article in Thinking Minnesota, which came out the following Monday, with a couple of items that were too new to make the magazine article. Several representatives of the schools attended the meeting. Whether it was because of their reports or for some other reason, misrepresentations about my presentation were spread on Edina social media. (In...

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Edina’s Superintendent Misrepresented Facts to Civil Rights Commission

As you know if you have followed the controversy over the Edina school district's penchant for left-wing indoctrination, the district's bullying and intimidation of nonconforming students, parents and teachers was severe enough to draw an inquiry from a Commissioner of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, who was concerned that Edina's schools are violating the civil rights of non-leftist students. Superintendent John Schultz responded to Commissioner Peter Kirsanow's letter on September 21. In that response, Schultz said that some of the parents and students who were quoted in posts on this web site said things that were not correct. This is...

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How Leftism Can Ruin a School District

Kathy Kersten's column in today's Minneapolis Star Tribune is titled "Racial identity policies are ruining Edina's fabled schools." The column is drawn from Kathy's much longer article in the current issue of Thinking Minnesota, but it also includes some new material. Kathy's Star Tribune article describes the obsessions with race and liberal politics that pervade the Edina public school system. A few excerpts: The “All for All” plan mandates sweeping change to how education is delivered in Edina. For example, it dictates that, from now on, the district will hire “racially conscious teachers and administrators.” It also declares that students must...

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Answering a Liberal Diatribe

The release Monday of our Fall issue of Thinking Minnesota, with its cover story exposing how test results have dropped in Edina as left-wing ideology has taken over their schools, has created quite a stir, especially since we mailed a copy to every Edina household.  All I can say (after monitoring calls and receiving emails for three days) is that liberal snark and arrogance is breathtaking. But, inspired by Michelle Obama (“when they go low, we go high”), I wanted to attempt something constructive, hence this post. Thursday I corresponded via email with a woman from Northwestern Minnesota who was very angry...

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Liberals Respond As Usual, By Bullying

One thing you can say about liberals, they are consistent. They don't argue; they don't marshal facts; they don't state their case, whatever it may be, logically. Instead, they try to bully those who disagree with them. It happened again this week when the current issue of Thinking Minnesota came out. The cover story is on leftist indoctrination in the Edina public schools. The article, by Kathy Kersten, is a blockbuster. Meticulously researched and cogently written, Kathy's story documents a history of intolerance, indoctrination, ignorance and intimidation on the part of liberal teachers and others in the Edina public school system....

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A Curriculum of Political Indoctrination in Edina’s Public Schools

  An investigation by writer Katherine Kersten released today exposes systematic political indoctrination of students in Edina public schools, beginning as early as kindergarten, all while the district’s long time reputation for academic excellence experiences a notable decline. The report, “Whose Values? Educational excellence threatened by ideology in Edina schools” appears in the Fall 2017 edition of Thinking Minnesota, the quarterly magazine published by Center of the American Experiment. Kersten, a writer and attorney, is a senior policy fellow at American Experiment. Here is the article; you can read it here or download it: TM Fall2017 Edina 1 by John...

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Public Safety Becoming Key Issue in Minneapolis Mayoral Race

How much of an issue will public safety be in the upcoming Minneapolis mayoral election? The Star Tribune raised the stakes with an editorial a week ago headlined "Downtown's dilemma: 'A mind-set of violence' in Minneapolis." But downtown also has a stubbornly rising crime rate that threatens all of the effort and investment in making this area vibrant and attractive. Robberies are up significantly. Homeless encampments are becoming more common. Weekends bring regular reports of shots fired. Complaints about aggressive panhandling are up, and some light-rail transit stations have become trouble spots that draw crowds of young people late at night. The...

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