No Wonder Glenn Beck Is So Stupid. He Hates Teachers

This morning Glenn Beck took to the radio to bash President Obama’s State of the Union speech. As usual, his rambling screed was littered with lies. But it wasn’t enough to merely hurl baseless insults at the president, for some reason he felt compelled to disparage teachers and come out in favor of America producing offspring who are as intellectually vacant as he is.

Glenn Beck

The President spoke at some length about the need to focus on education and the value of teachers. Beck’s response to this was to shriek “Don’t talk to me about a teacher sir. That’s indoctrination, Talk to me about parents.” He continued…

Beck: “Last night, I don’t know how many people picked it up, he said the solution came from China. They have their kids in school much longer for the year, and they also keep them in school a much longer day. And teachers are known as nation builders. And I wish we could just give them the respect they deserve.”

Where to begin. Let’s set aside Beck’s bizarre opinion that teaching is synonymous with indoctrination. Obama never said that “the solution came from China.” He merely noted that nations like China and India were devoting more resources to education than we are, which happens to be true. This is what the President actually said:

Obama: “Meanwhile, nations like China and India realized that with some changes of their own, they could compete in this new world. And so they started educating their children earlier and longer, with greater emphasis on math and science. […] Over the next 10 years, nearly half of all new jobs will require education that goes beyond a high school education. And yet, as many as a quarter of our students aren’t even finishing high school. The quality of our math and science education lags behind many other nations. America has fallen to ninth in the proportion of young people with a college degree.”

But don’t bother Beck with facts or aspirations to improve ourselves in a competitive world. Beck also erred when he said that it is communist China where teachers are know as “nation builders.” As was stated clearly in the President’s speech, it is actually our democratic ally, South Korea. Beck has as little regard for truth as he does for teachers, whom he seems reluctant to show any respect. But it just gets worse from there.

Beck: “I don’t know anybody that talks down about a teacher, I really don’t. I’ve never heard a teacher introduce himself and say ‘I’m just a teacher.’ I’ve never heard that. I have heard ‘Well, I’m just a mother.’ The greatest teachers are our mothers and our fathers, period.”

So Beck thinks that teachers in this society are treated with equal esteem as say, architects, or doctors, or pop stars? And he also thinks that motherhood is frowned upon? I really have to wonder what country Beck is living in. And while parents are obviously an important part of the life of any child, to say that they are our “greatest teachers” is missing the point. Of course our parents teach us values and shape our character, but how many of us learn astrophysics, or mechanical engineering, or medieval literature, or neurosurgery from our parents? That’s what the dialogue on education is about, and anyone with any sense knows that.

Finally, Beck demonstrated his own sorely deficient comprehension skills. This may explain why he is such a bad student and so ill-informed on so many subjects.

Beck: “He said last night the teacher, the one in front of the classroom, is the one that affects the child the most. Well, there’s your problem, President Obama.”

No, it’s your problem, Glenn, because he distinctly did not say that. Here is what he did say:

Obama: “That responsibility begins not in our classrooms, but in our homes and communities. It’s family that first instills the love of learning in a child. Only parents can make sure the TV is turned off and homework gets done. We need to teach our kids that it’s not just the winner of the Super Bowl who deserves to be celebrated, but the winner of the science fair. […] Let’s also remember that after parents, the biggest impact on a child’s success comes from the man or woman at the front of the classroom.”

Glenn Beck gets the simplest things so perversely wrong that you almost feel sorry for him. He is obviously suffering from a severe learning disability. He would have benefited immensely from the sort of teaching he now belittles. But the people for whom I feel most sorry are his listeners. They are being barraged on a daily basis by untruths and delusional analyses. And the damage that does to our society is tangible and dangerous. He is creating a congregation of frightened, hostile, idiots. That can’t end well.

[Addendum] On his TV show today Beck reprised his attack on the State of the Union speech. In doing so he provided another example of his pathological dishonesty:

What Beck Said: I actually feel bad for teachers. I mean the good ones. We should fire the bad ones. Which he wouldn’t say last night.
What Obama Said: We want to reward good teachers and stop making excuses for bad ones.

And there was also this charming thought:

“Last night was all about unity. I didn’t get my little ribbon, but it was all about unity.”

That little ribbon was worn in honor of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the other victims of the Tucson shootings. How nice of Beck to mock that tribute and laugh at the the suffering of others.


6 thoughts on “No Wonder Glenn Beck Is So Stupid. He Hates Teachers

  1. Beck is being handsomely paid by his ruling class overlords to stoke the engine of resentment that those who are neither intelligent nor educated have for those who are, thus glorifying ignorance by denigrating knowledge as “indoctrination”, and keeping the masses stupid and subservient. This resentment consumes Beck himself, and explains why a college flunkout would start his own “university.” It’s for US, not THEM.

    • Exactly. It is the glorification of ignorance. It’s why Ivy League graduates are called elitists, even if they were poor and worked hard to get there via scholarship. It’s why people vote based on who they’d wanna have a beer with. If you have above average intelligence that’s just proof that you are out of touch with the common folk.

      How did we sink so low that being smart and successful is regarded as a liability?

      • This has been the subject of a concerted right-wing campaign for more than a decade. It probably originated with G.W. Bush, who himself played dumb and tried to convince stupid people that “they’re just as smart as smart people.” This was a vote-getting ploy (“I’m one of you”), which the Ivy League-educated W. probably didn’t even beleive himself, but which has since been taken up by such diminaries as Sarah Palin, who, being so stupid herself, actually appears to believe it.

        • As if further confirmation of Beck’s profound resentment of the intelligent and education were not needed, here is Beck’s response to Chris Matthews’s trashing of Tea Party diva Michelle Bachmann:

          “You sir, are a balloon head that was taught by a balloon head and all you did because you’re a balloon head was sit in your stupid balloon head Ivy League classroom and be indoctrinated by a balloon head and never ever used your balloon head to ask an intelligent question of the balloon head in the tweed jacket! You self-sanctimonious, self-important balloon head, America has had enough. Do your own homework.”

          So you see, Ivy League colleges are “stupid” and their”tweed jacket” professors are “indoctrinators” because they teach their graduates not to accept politicians’ lies and blather blindly. Project much, Glenn?

  2. Glenn Beck was raised in a small town where i had a small business. Years later I returned to university to get a teacher’s certificate. As part of my training I was required to observe classes in the local school district. I sat in on an American History class at Sehome High School that Beck attended. The “teacher” was actually a football coach with little knowledge of history. He taught the class that slavery was really not bad as it kept the uneducated, ignorant African families together…fed, clothed them and gave medical care and looked after the old. What a wonderland.

    Beck is an asshole as is the Mormon “teacher” who was allowed to spread this shit.

    • Wow. That’s a disturbing story. You should write that up and see if you can get it published. Try to document it with some additional info about testimony.

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