Reaching Young Minds Through BOOKS: Yes We Can!

Conservatives often wonder how they can make an impact on the youth of America. When it comes to the youth and political ideology, conservatives tend to believe that it is inappropriate to force political viewpoints onto children and teens. As educators, we acknowledge it is both unethical and unprofessional to push a political agenda in the classroom (of course, this never stopped many of our college professors and teachers growing up).

Admittedly, all educators have political biases. At a fundamental level, some of these ideas are tied to who we are as people. It is impossible for biases to not bleed through at one point or another in our classrooms, that is human nature. I don’t expect perfection of any teacher, liberal or conservative. I do expect them to operate out of a character ethic that respects the development of the students in their classroom.

The question becomes, how do you expose teens to ideas that we would classify as conservative while still being ethical and professional? I have always believed that if you truly teach a child to think critically, to question with boldness, and to use logic and reason instead of emotion they will arrive at some point on the right side of the American political spectrum. The reality is that many educators in our schools do not teach children to think critically, to question with boldness, and to use logic and reason instead of emotion.

So, we are left with a bit of a quandary.

I have a solution, and one I think we, as conservative teachers, can play a large role in. It is an area I would like to see this website focus on. And it is an area that I am going to need your help with.

I THINK OUR SOLUTION LIES IN BOOKS!

The left is successful in this country often because they prey on both the illiterate and alliterate. If you are wondering, alliteracy is the concept that people can read, they just chose not to. I believe that alliterate people are just as dangerous as illiterate people. At least illiterate people know they aren’t educated. Alliterate people often are arrogant know-it-alls that think they have all the solutions for life. Usually, they do not have one piece of evidence to back it up.

If you have ever truly examined a liberal argument, on most issues you will find that it is based upon emotion and feeling. Rarely, are their arguments based on statistics and deep study of an issue.

I have read voraciously my entire life. I usually consume somewhere around fifty books a year. I tend to read a wide range of books. As a middle school English teacher, I require myself to read at least thirty books during the school year and many of these books are the same books my middle school readers read.

It is my hope to turn Conservative Teachers of America into a site for some of the best book reviews for young adult literature in the country. Who are the conservative authors for young adults? What books promote the principles of freedom? What are the young-adult books that tell the American story, both good and bad? What are the books that challenge young adults to think? What are the books that encourage students to develop moral principles? What are the books in the adult market that we should be getting teens to read as juniors and seniors? I know they are out there because I have read some of them myself. Once we start to identify these books, we can do our part in our local communities to get these books into young-adult hands.

I need your help to do this. Please consider sending me an email at apalmer@conservativeteachersofamerica.co[email protected] with the subject line “Book Reviews” if you are interested in helping out with this project. It is my hope to get as many conservatives (teachers, homeschoolers, parents, high school students, etc.) out there to join in on this. The more reviews the better.

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7 Responses to Reaching Young Minds Through BOOKS: Yes We Can!

  1. karen

    This is a fabulous idea. I teach 2/3rd grade.

  2. Great idea, Andrew. I’m excited to see where this takes you.

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  4. Melissa

    This is exactly what I have been looking for…only I am a parent who needs suggestions! Will you be posting a list?

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  6. Jenny Right

    I’m an English/reading teacher (soon to be ELA teacher under Common Core). I’ve taught for ten years and since year one, I have struggled to even find decent literature for teens. Students are nearly illiterate, so experts have been telling us for years not to force students to read classics. Today’s YA novels are written by authors with a radical leftist, amoral agenda, yet these are the only books on a reading level low enough for students to comprehend. Since conservative authors aren’t exactly cranking out NY TImes best-selling YA novels, I suggest promoting non-fiction, including biographies, that offer a conservative perspective. Check out “If I Live to Tell” by Akeela Hayder, an autobiography about a British citizen forced into marriage in Iraq, and see if you don’t agree that teens will find it very interesting!

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