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Attacking Teachers and Banning Books is the Point — Part I: The Fascist Playbook

  1. The current far-right attacks on school boards, schools, teachers, and curricula is not surprising. All fascist movements have attacked their teachers, schools, and curricula.
  2. Although the current far-right attacks on school boards, schools, teachers, and curricula has reached a more extreme stage, this is not new. Fiscal conservatives and the religious right have been ramping up their attacks on educators for several decades. The goal has been both to privatize our schools so that corporations can profit and to re-segregate our schools.
  3. The current attacks on our school boards, schools, teachers, and curricula are following the fascist playbook. They are now making a full attempt to attack and take over our school system. This effort might be one prong of a full 2024 coup attempt.

All Fascist governments attack and attempt to control their schools and teachers.

Like many fascist regimes, the Stalinists in Russia knew that they couldn’t control the people until they controlled the schools.

Man standing with his arms folded at Nazi rally where everyone else is saluting
Source: imigur.com, Kaczynski, Andrew. (2012). “The German Guy Who Refused To Give a Nazi Salute Was a Badass. Buzzfeed.

Silencing teachers, silencing the educated, controlling the curriculum, and controlling schools are are key components of the fascist playbook.

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Suzie Null is a former middle and high school teacher and current professor of Teacher Education. Follow her on Twitter at WritingontheWall @NullSet16