by Bruce Price 12/13/13
The only reason I went to Hannity.com was to send a message to Hannity that he needs to do more on education. Please.
My take is that the real story behind almost every news story is our public schools, which are mediocre because the Education Establishment is warped by ideology. Dumbing-down is the big game in town. It’s a silly mess but reversible if people apply steady pressure. Especially VIP people like Sean Hannity.
It wasn’t clear where to leave a message so I found a forum called Education and left a passionate MEMO TO HANNITY–DO MORE ON EDUCATION.
Fine. Mission accomplished. But guess what? Admin DELETED my post (of which I had no copy) and sent me a snippy note informing me that I shouldn’t use my own name and had broken various rules.
Not a good omen. The tone was bossy and totalitarian. Not what I expect in a conservative site.
I replied, my only wish is that you give the post to Hannity. Please.
I got another snippy note informing me that various technical people would no doubt see the note and if they thought Hannity needed to see it, maybe he would see it. I couldn’t help thinking that Admin is very quick to hinder, very slow to help. Why not be nice? Or maybe have a sense of humor?
I wondered why Hannity had cold bureaucrats running his site. Rightly or wrongly, I tended to associate such people with the Left, what you might call the commissar personality.
Conservatives, I like to think, are the opposite. Not much interested in bureaucracies and their many rules. We’re entrepreneurial. The question is, what can we accomplish today?
A few weeks later, I went back to find out. I left a post, and then another. Somewhere in here I was cited for a violation. Not sure now. Apparently you are supposed to leave comments but you’re not supposed to tell people how to find out more about the comment. This short-circuits the conversation.
Now, we all understand that on a financial site you shouldn’t talk about biology. You shouldn’t try to sell a house or diet pills. But if someone has written an essay saying that teachers are X and wants to tell me where I can find more information, I want to know. What this Admin calls self-promotion, I call saving the public schools. Hannity.com should be my ally, as I am its ally. Or tried to be.
By way of background, I write a lot about education. I have 200 articles on the web. I want to share my research with people. My posts on Hannity.com were smart, original, interesting and (unlike some others there) grammatical. I bet if Hannity knew what I contributed to his site, he would be sorry to lose me. But that’s what happened.
This verdict came a few days ago: “You have been banned for the following reason: Continued promotion of own website and blogging. Date the ban will be lifted: Never.”
Never!! Banned!! It’s all so zero-tolerance, which I again associate with the Left. All I wanted was to send a note to Hannity; so that’s what I’m doing now. This column. If you know him, pass it on!
Another strange thing about the site was a couple of so-called conservatives whose main goal seemed to be trashing anything critical of the Education Establishment. I knew a guy in Norfolk, a huge liberal, who told me that he had joined a Republican site so that he could mess with their heads. I’ve also noticed books on Amazon where there will be 10 pans, all by people who just joined Amazon two weeks earlier and never wrote a review before. In general, I believe Obama’s operatives seek out critical comments on the internet and attack them. So there’s some trickery going on. Knowing all this perhaps skewers my judgment. But it just seems to me that those two alleged conservatives have a private agenda.
If so, I can’t help but think they won this game, they and the bureaucrats in charge. They kept a conservative intellectual off a conservative site.
Wait, here’s an idea. People can register on Hannity.com. Now and then, visit the Education forum, see what you think, maybe leave comments about that education activist doing so much good work.
PS to Sean Hannity. I’m not suggesting anyone be fired. All I’m hoping for is you’ll talk about education more often. If you want ideas, I’ll provide them. That’s the job I’m running for. America’s Education Consultant. John Dewey had this title for a VERY long time. Look at the mess he made. Monkeys on typewriters could do better. In a contest with monkeys, I believe I’m the people’s choice.
Bruce Deitrick Price explains education theories and methods on his site Improve-Education.org
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