Maher: Parents are afraid to go against woke public schools and that’s worth talking about


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Left-wing comedian Bill Maher and a panel of guests took aim Friday on HBO’s “Real Time” at the clear-cut radical indoctrination occurring in schools throughout the nation.

Without directly addressing the elephant in the room, critical race theory, which lies at the root of the indoctrination, the panel discussed how children aren’t being taught about the Red Guards — they’re essentially being indoctrinated into Red Guards.

However, the discussion didn’t begin this way. It actually started with Maher asking social critic Caitlin Flanagan about a lengthy column she wrote for The Atlantic earlier this month bashing private schools for exacerbating inequality.

But as the discussion progressed, Maher directed the focus specifically to schools, both public and private, where blatant indoctrination has been occurring both with and without the approval of the students’ parents.

There is something going on in the schools. … Schools funnel kids to Harvard, and Harvard funnels them out to the important parts of the media, television, government, and they control a lot of how people think,” Maher said.

And this matters greatly because of what these schools are teaching children.

The biggest thing I think is the shift away from moral teaching, from the parent to the school. [It] used to be the school would be afraid of what the parent thought,” he said.

Now the parent is afraid of going against what they’re teaching in school, even when they don’t agree with it. That’s a huge shift that we should stop and at least notice and debate and talk about,” Maher added.

Listen to the full discussion below:

Some of what Maher said referenced the shocking findings in a Substack report published by Bari Weiss, formerly of The New York Times, earlier this month documenting how an increasing number of parents are horrified by the “woke” propaganda being spoon-fed to their children, but too afraid to speak out against it.

“I don’t mean to get emotional, I just feel helpless. I look at the public school and I am equally mortified. I can’t believe what they are doing to everybody. I’m too afraid. I’m too afraid to speak too loudly. I feel cowardly. I just make little waves,” one parent told Weiss.

“It’s fear of retribution. Would it cause our daughter to be ostracized? Would it cause people to ostracize us? It already has,” another added.

This is real stuff. Just this week, in fact, the Minority Student Achievement Advisory Council, a pro-“equity” group with influence on the education system in Loudoun County, Virginia, posted a tweet vowing to “silence the opposition.”


Flanagan responded to Maher’s observations by admitting that this isn’t as big of an issue in private schools because at least parents have the option to take their children elsewhere. In public schools, on the other hand, it’s a problem.

“We have thousands and thousands of public schools where parents are really afraid to challenge what’s going on in the classroom. That’s really a serious problem,” she said.

This prompted another panelist, Bret Stephens of The New York Times, to chime in with his own observation specifically about the preponderance of indoctrination in the education system.

“I think it’s a problem throughout education, which is that we’re losing the distinction between what education is and what indoctrination is,” he said.

This inspired Maher to exclaim, “Yes! Yes!”

And a lot of what’s happening is really just indoctrination. I studied Marxism. It’s important to understand what Marxism is. It’s different from being taught from a Marxist perspective,” Stephens continued.

One exposes you to ideas. The other makes you a kind of soldier in a given perspective, and there’s something kind of totalitarian about that. You’re producing not independent thinkers. You’re producing Red Guards.”

What makes it particularly “grotesque,” Flanagan then interjected, is that the children who’re being indoctrinated with this Marxist garbage are the children of the wealthy.

Here are these children of actual billionaires being turned into baby Marxists because that’s how rich your daddy has to be for Marxism to work for you personally as a theory,” she said.

Former Vox contributor Carlos Maza is a perfect example of this. He’s a self-avowed socialist who grew up in an extraordinarily wealthy family.

“Through his clan, the millennial firebrand is connected to multiple Florida mega-mansions, a $7.1 million pad on the Upper West Side purchased under an LLC — and a yacht by luxury boat-maker Donzi,” the New York Post confirmed last March.

“Maza’s mother, Vivian Maza, was one of the first employees at Ultimate Software, a Florida-based behemoth that now employs more than 5,000 people. Starting in 1990 as an office manager, she ultimately rose to become the group’s chief people officer in 2004.”

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“We’ve got to pull together, and we’ve got to lift up this whole idea of education and get some of this crap out of the schools. We just have to,” Flanagan added.

Stephens concluded the discussion by noting that “wokeness” has infected every institution and that the only way to stop it is for people to take a stand.

“The climate of fear is not just in schools. It’s throughout institutions, companies all over the country, and people have to start calling bullsh*t on it,” he said.

“I mean, the only way this ends is people who are in authority say, ‘No, we’re not going to be bullied. If you don’t want to work here, go elsewhere. These are our values, and we’re going to stick by them. They include fair play and openness to a variety of points of view.”


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