I had a thought. Is anybody else writing about the same subjects that I write about on my blog? So I did a Google with the phrase I used in recent blog Education or indoctrination. To my surprise I hit on this story.
Now I've frequently ruminated on how the left wing Marxists have been hijacking our education system but then I think that I'm just being paranoid. In many ways telling myself I'm paranoid makes me feel more secure in that things aren't really as bad as I imagine them to be.
Now I'm looking for reds under my bed.
"Education has to be reshaped so that it is part of the socialist struggle for equality, participation and social change, rather than an instrument of the capitalist system," said the former Labor minister.
And academics around the country have responded.
"A major task for Leftist activist academics is ... to connect education with community struggles for social justice," says Dr Gregory Martin, who was a lecturer in the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus. He also happened to be a member of the militant National Teachers Education Union and the Gold Coast branch of the radical Marxist group, Socialist Alliance.
For Dr Martin, education is a channel for conducting a Marxist revolution. He praises radical Marxist educators such as Peter McLaren (a proponent of so-called critical pedagogy) for their work in what he describes as "laying the practical groundwork for the possibility of a revolutionary situation by 'stretching out' a Marxist line into various social movements."
In fact, there is a long list of education academics in Australian universities who hold similar radical views. The evidence-based list with supporting references and documentation was tabled at the Senate Inquiry into Academic Freedom. (A copy is available on the Make Education Fair campaign website.)
As a result, teaching courses in education faculties at Australian universities reflect the same sort of radical thinking.