By Tim Cox/Editor
Jeffrey Wick, principal of Bowling Green Elementary School, has authored a new book that is generating some controversy.
Wick’s book, titled “Public Education: The ‘Final Solution’ in the Conquest of America’s Ideals,” is a scathing attack on public education.
It is generating praise on some conservative Christian websites and scorn from others on the opposite side of the social-religious-political spectrum.
According to Wine Press Books, the publisher, Wick’s book reveals how public education attacks family values, Christianity, and patriotism, erodes American traditions and its Christian foundation, and encourages physical, moral and intellectual weakness, among other criticisms.
“Written by an educational insider, this eye-opening exposé, a must have for every concerned parent, describes the 235-year plan to hijack American democracy,” says a description of the book on the publishing company’s website to promote the book, www.theeducationagenda.com. “It also reveals a destructive philosophy, based on Plato’s Republic, America must abandon to avert God’s judgment.”
In an article posted on the website http://forcechange.com, Diana Denza takes Wick to task for his views. She also launched an online campaign urging people to use a form letter to send to Wick to suggest he resign.
“Unfortunately for the students at Bowling Green Elementary School, Wick is content with serving as principal, where he gets to warp young and impressionable minds with conspiracy theories and take home a paycheck for it,” wrote Denza.
“Tell Principal Wick that if he hates public schools, he should resign from his post instead of calling himself responsible for the minds of children,” she added.
Wick, 44, was surprised and seemed somewhat amused by the attention and criticism of his book.
He was not aware of the online campaign encouraging people to write to Wick and to urge him to resign, said Wick. He dismissed the campaign.
“I’m in education for a reason,” said Wick. “My goal is to help kids. I’m a good educator…I don’t think it’s inappropriate to state the weaknesses in the system and say what needs to be fixed.”
Public schools have taken on too much “of a parental role,” he said.
Wick has thought about the concept of the book since about 2001, he said. He began writing it after he resigned as principal of Caroline High School in July 2009. It took him about two years to write, he said. When it was finished, he posted it on a Christian website that publishers use to look at writing samples of new authors and was subsequently contacted by the publishing house.
The book came out in December. It is available as a paperback and also to be downloaded to electronic tablets.
“I’m just putting my honest opinion out there about what needs to be done to improve the system,” said Wick.
The book has spawned additional criticism because of its subtitle and cover illustration – a snake coiled around an apple.
Although the subtitle evokes Adolf Hitler’s ‘final solution,’ his plan for mass executions of Jews, Wick said there is no correlation. “I was a history teacher, and that’s why I chose that,” he said
“The goal for a lot of people is to transform America…to a socialist country,” he explained. The public education system is helping to further that agenda, he argued. “That’s the final solution,” he said, the indoctrination of students through the public schools.
As schools assume more responsibilities over children and parents cede their responsibilities, people grow more dependent on government “instead of taking care of themselves,” he said.
“That was my idea,” he said of the cover illustration, and the publishing company designed it for him. He compared the apple to the fruit in the garden of Eden and also said it is a symbol of public education. By the same token, kindergarten comes from a German word that means garden for children. Although the apple is good itself, the education system is being used to promote the socialist agenda, he said.
His criticism of public education in no way indicative that he cannot work in public schools and be a good employee, he said. “People can still express opposition about their work and still work effectively,” he said.
Wick is not a member of local church, but he reads the Bible regularly and volunteers on a monthly basis to help Glory Outreach, a ministry in Bowling Green.
Superintendent Greg Killough was supportive of Wick as a school system employee. “What I seem him do every day – he’s very good with the kids, effective with parents. He cares about what he does,” he said.
“I believe that everybody has a right to their opinion and own thoughts,” added Killough, who had just obtained a copy of the book and planned to read it.
Linda Keith, who lives in the Bowling Green area and has a student at Bowling Green Elementary School, was supportive of Wick. “If you don’t have children, you’re not going to understand this book at all,” she said.
“That’s his right and his prerogative,” she said, to criticize government.
“In my opinion, Jeff is working for the good of the children. He’s not working for the government,” said Keith.
Patricia Cline, president of the Caroline Education Association, declined to comment on Wick’s book, saying she had not read it. “I have not had the pleasure of reading it,” she said in an e-mail to The Caroline Progress.
A native of Pennsylvania, Wick, who lives in Bowling Green, has served an as an educator for 16 years – four years as a history teacher and eight years as an administrator.
He worked as a teacher at Caroline High School from 1999-2003, as assistant principal from 2003-2006, and principal from 2006-2009.