It’s every mother’s worst nightmare: Your child willingly volunteers to work for a shady outfit you suspect of brain-washing — possibly in a bad neighborhood to boot. But this morning the world knows that’s the agony faced by U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, whose son Harrison is a Teach for America volunteer.
The DumpBachmann blog nailed down rumors last month with the fact that a person named Harrison Bachmann was indeed signed on with a local office of Teach for America, and the Star Tribune’s Jon Tevlin confirms in his column today.
Tevlin got officials to say that the Harrison Bachmann they have in their clutches is indeed the congresswoman’s son. Where he’ll be teaching and other details they refused to divulge.
Teach for America is part of AmeriCorps, the very program Bachmann railed against in a local radio appearance last April. Here’s the widely disseminated money quote:
It’s under the guise of — quote — volunteerism. But it’s not volunteers at all. It’s paying people to do work on behalf of government. …
I believe that there is a very strong chance that we will see that young people will be put into mandatory service. And the real concerns is that there are provisions for what I would call re-education camps for young people, where young people have to go and get trained in a philosophy that the government puts forward and then they have to go to work in some of these politically correct forums.
Tevlin adds a kicker quote from Rep. Bachmann that at the time of the broadcast no one knew was ironic: “As a parent, I would have a very, very difficult time seeing my children do this.”
Tevlin notes that Harrison Bachmann would have had to already have signed up in February, several weeks before the radio show. He’ll begin teaching for America, somewhere, this fall.
Full audio of Bachmann’s April remarks here.
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