Obama and Ayers Collaborated to Radicalize Students Using the Annenberg Center?
A Republican who had cultivated close relationships with former presidents Richard Nixon (under whom he served as U.S. ambassador to Great Britain) and Ronald Reagan, Annenberg urged political leaders to “promote widespread … support for resolute and sustained public investment” in the public-school system.
While Walter Annenberg provided the money that allowed CAC to function, William Ayers, the former Weather Underground terrorist, was, as author Stanley Kurtz puts it, the founder of CAC as well as “its guiding spirit.” In 1987 Ayers had launched a new career as a professor of education at the University of Illinois-Chicago, where CAC was headquartered.
Under Ayers’ stewardship, CAC scarcely focused at all on measures aimed at improving student performance in traditional curricular studies, but rather was guided by Ayers’ belief – as outlined in his book Teaching Toward Freedom – that the primary duty of educators was to “teach against [the] oppression” that allegedly pervaded American society, and to thereby encourage revolution and social transformation. Toward that end, Ayers’ teacher-training programs, which were funded by CAC, were designed to serve as “sites of resistance” against an oppressive social system.