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Republicans Seek to Counter 'Liberal Bias' in Local Schools, Colleges

Los Alamitos, Rossmoor and Seal Beach conservative group talk strategies for fighting back against alleged prejudice against conservative beliefs in schools.

Jason Aula said he had to develop "tough skin" in college. 

The 26-year-old Long Beach resident said he was harassed by students, ignored by professors and was even called a “neo-Nazi” because of his political beliefs.

“I was in a fraternity (and) they made me feel like it was so shameful, literally, to be a Republican,” Aula said.

At a meeting of the Rossmoor- Los Alamitos Republican Women's Federated Saturday, Aula and other local Republicans talked about ways to grow their membership and counter “liberal bias” in nearby schools and colleges.

Among the ideas stressed at the meeting at the Farmer's and Merchant’s Bank at 12535 Seal Beach Blvd: a call to urge local educational leaders to monitor lesson plans to make sure they present both sides of controversial issues like immigration and healthcare.

In May 2011, the Los Alamitos Unified School District went through its share of controversy on the oft-divisive issue of "Global Warming.” A new environmental science course prompted the district to rewrite its policy for teaching controversial subject matter. Concerned that "liberal" faculty members could skew lessons on global warming, the district board of education voted 4-0 to make teachers give an annual presentation on how they're teaching the class. 

In an interview with Patch after his speech to the local Republicans, Aula, the Political Director of the Long Beach Young Republicans, said he felt that popular culture presents Republicans as “hatemongers" and "racists" and, he said, the state’s leaders in education promote a pro-liberal agenda.

Aula said he's experienced that bias first hand. In 2008, he said had a teacher who was a “staunch liberal” who gave him a lower grade allegeldy because Aula wrote something that was “kind of pro-republican.” He said he eventually ended up retaking the class.

Aula said he was ignored by other professors and called “neo-nazi” for his political views, especially those about illegal immigration.

“They harass me. I’ve gotten use to it,” Aula said. “Being a Republican, it gives you tough skin.”

And, he added, he believes that liberal bias affects not just colleges but local schools too.

He said one factor that leads to bias in the education system is the high number of schools that have certain Latino support groups that, he alleged, are in reality all about backing a pro-illegal immigration stancem. He listed said local chapters of Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlán (Mecha), as examples.

"They essentially function as political action committees at college campuses regionally," “said Aula, whose father emigrated to America from Indian legally. 

For Aula, the way to combat liberal bias in education facilities is to register more Republicans.

The state is "60 percent Democrat, 39 percent Republican," he said to the gathered Republicans. "The margin’s not as small as it seems."

Aula said this week he submitted his paperwork to run for the Long Beach City Council, District 1 position. 

Rossmoor resident Earlene Boyd, who attended the Saturday meeting, said her granddaughter had attended Los Alamitos High School and two local community colleges, and her daughter said she felt that there was liberal bias, especially in the case of one teacher who allegedly bragged about having medical permission to smoke marijuana. Boyd said she would like to see education officials ensure that local lesson plans are "monitored and policed" to prevent bias.

She added that if school officials don't do things like that, the voters should replace them with people who will.

“A good instructor should teach young people to do (their) own fact-finding and come to (their) own conclusion," Boyd said. 

Other attendees at the meeting including the former mayor of Los Alamitos, the former Mayor of La Palma and the Mayor Pro Tem of Cypress.

Editor's note: We here at Patch try our best to cover a broad range of local political events, whether Republican, Democrat, Green, Libertarian or Bull Moose. 

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Seth Eaker January 20, 2013 at 03:12 PM
I find it interesting that a conservative would suggest that education officials should "monitor and police" local lesson plans. Last time I checked, that was a very "liberal" or big government concept. We have a fundamental choice in this country: to be "safe" or to be "free." Because I believe we the citizens have become a bit lazy, we choose safety over liberty. Liberty requires work and diligent use of our rights in all aspects of the process. Thank you Patch for covering this. In general, I would support wide latitude of teachers to share their views and information. Perhaps this is more liberal in slant, but I would default to greater freedom of instruction for teachers than a forced rubric of material.
Johnny Utah January 20, 2013 at 04:05 PM
thank God for private schools. I didn't get succumbed into the left.
Earick Ward January 20, 2013 at 04:16 PM
Seth, respectfully, what has occurred over a generation is a suppression of "thought", not consistent with Liberal ideology. Conservative opinion is being described as "hate speech." 90+% of college professors are Liberal. They're not teaching critical thinking, but advancing their political point of view. Mr. Aula describes first-hand his efforts to espouse a "non-approved" point of view.
Purvis Granger January 20, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Earick, do you have any real data to back up your assertions?
jackson ebner January 20, 2013 at 08:21 PM
interesting to see the confusion between republican/democrat, and conservative/liberal. Global warming is a great example. There is nothing more ideologically conservative than environmental protection, and nothing more liberal than exploiting the environment for profit. Republican and Democratic agendas have way more to do with the special interests of their core donors, the ideology is just propaganda marketing to get your vote. If they taught this understanding in school, we would be a much smarter country.
Earick Ward January 20, 2013 at 08:30 PM
Historical Liberalism is now most broadly advanced by Tea Party Conservatism. Today's Liberal is more accurately defined as Progressive, and to be more blunt Marxist. Leftism is advancing Big Government Socialism, of which Global Warming is but a "redistributive" scam, and has nothing to do with science.
jackson ebner January 20, 2013 at 10:01 PM
The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has increased by roughly 35 percent since the start of the industrial revolution. Understanding the environmental effect doesn't require much more than a high school science education. It would cost money for the businesses that contribute to this pollution to decrease their toxifying effect on the world. It is cheaper for them to buy politicians and pay scientists to muddle the issue. Some people would even like to teach this pure greed based propaganda to our kids in school.
Earick Ward January 20, 2013 at 10:26 PM
lol. High School(and college) Education "bias" is the focus of this article. A)Carbon Dioxide occurs naturally in the environment. B)CD is measured in parts per million. C)We've historical periods where CD was significantly higher than today. D)We are at the tail-end of a generational warming period, which was preceded by the mini ice age. E)Sun flares are greater than ever previously recorded. A UN Climate Scientist in Cancun laid out the "political" aspirations of the Global Warming community - Redistribution & by extension, Statism.
jackson ebner January 20, 2013 at 11:44 PM
99% of scientists not paid by corporate interests agree global warming is caused by human activities, if you want to believe the paid shills, power to you. If you think thousands of scientists who are specialists in the field are all in on some conspiracy to redistribute money, and that makes sense to you, good for you again. I'm sure you also believe that teachers are also in on the liberal bias conspiracy, that 9/11 was a government inside job, that aliens from outer space are secretly meeting with Obama, and Beatles albums when played backwards give subliminal messages to kill your mother, I don't care, believe what you want. But when you want to teach that stuff to our kids, er, maybe that isn't so OK with most normal minded people. keep LOLing my friend.
Earick Ward January 21, 2013 at 01:33 AM
99%. lol. Global Warming was uncovered a couple of years ago, as a scam. (Alleged) scientists were manipulating data and suppreessing peer review. Anyone who doesn't comport to "global warming" is a paid shill. Haha. Weren't we speaking of the outsized influence of Liberal bias? You've proved the case. BTW, are you an educator? That would be a two'fer.
jackson ebner January 21, 2013 at 02:18 AM
no, i'm just a dumb doctor, I guess we're in on the conspiracy as well.
Purvis Granger January 21, 2013 at 03:12 AM
Earick, do you have ANY data for ANY of your points? Your conflation of environmental "facts" not only fails to address the issue ( some of them are comically misapplied- thanks for proudly showing us your grasp of acronyms..CD, PPM), but your understanding of syllogisms and the specific meanings of terms like Marxism and statism are puzzling from either side of the political spectrum. The problem with comments like these is that they undermine any legitimate conservative debate that should be had.
Earick Ward January 21, 2013 at 03:19 PM
Purvis - Typical Leftist tactic. Assert a hypothosis, don't present any substantive scientific data to support your theory, and then demand that your opponent prove the negative of your (unproven) assertion. As to the acronyms, CD stands for Carbon Dioxide. PPM stands for Parts Per Million. Marxism is the oft-failed belief that society can collectivize the earth's resources, while simultaneously improving society's standard of living. Often coinciding with the elevation of an "intellectual class", say, doctors, professors, or politicians who are granted authority to mete social justice (for the good of the people). The outcome of which ALWAYS results in; misery & despair, and compliance. Oh yeah, compliance, for if one doesn't come to see the wisdom of "our betters", we will be summmarily re-educated.
Purvis Granger January 21, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Earick- a few points. 1. I'm not leftist. 2. I didn't assert a hypothesis, you did. 3. Your definition of Marxism is arbitrary ( have you read Marx?), and 4. The fact that you find it remotely substantive to repeat acronyms that every high-school student understands is revealing. It appears that data, diction and logic aren't part of your tool chest. Simply *using* words that, when used by others carry substance, is not meaningful. Neither is randomly stitching together a smattering of references to a scientific topic without actually providing basic structure. Given the topic of this article, that too is revealing. I'm sure that beneath your rhetoric there is sentiment founded by real experience and thought- I wish you the best is using it to bring about the change you seek.
Shripathi Kamath January 22, 2013 at 06:38 AM
"Here's another paid professional: Richard Muller. Suck on that, libruls" "Who?" "Richard Muller" "Who is Richard Muller?" "A professional who disproved global warming." "Oh ok. But here it says that he changed his mind: http://nydn.us/LIcpnf" "So what? It is cold outside. Ha ha ha! Let me see any real scientist deny this" "OK, but Richard Muller is a physicist, and you brought him up" "See, not a climate scientist" "But he was paid by the Koch brothers..." "So what, read the report, he says that he does not know what is causing it!" "Oh." "..wait that was two years ago. Last year, he said this: http://exm.nr/YjUutz "LIBERAL MARXIST SCUM!" Conclusion: The continued existence of winter disproves global warming. Also Al Gore and Barney Frank is gay. Plus Benghazi. And Solyndra. CASE CLOSED.
Purvis Granger January 23, 2013 at 03:10 AM
Shri, LOL. Well done.

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