COMBATTING PARENTS: A Seminar called "Free to Learn ... Free to Teach ... Free to Think" was sponsored by the Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction in Bellevue (near Seattle) on Nov. 17, 1989. The purpose of the seminar was to train school district teams on how to counterattack against parents who try to assert parental rights in the public schools. Text for the seminar was a 196-page manual written by Dr. Janet L. Jones with funding from the National Education Association. The manual states that the text uses the following terms interchangeable: "Ultra-conservative, Far Right, Religious Right, Righteous Right. New Right, Radical Right," The manual is designed to teach school personnel how to counteract any criticism from parents and provides sample questions for interviewing a candidate for the school board which are designed to get the candidate on record as subservient to the school establishment and hostile to critics. Seminar speaker Joanne Beard used the workbook she authored, called "If You Don't, They Will," which gives detailed instructions on how school personnel can organize to defeat parents' rights over what is taught to their children, as well as citizens' opposition to tax increases for public schools. The workbook advises the school personnel to keep secret as long as possible the information of a Political Action Committee (PAC) and the involvement of any particular member in the PAC. It describes how to set up a non-profit corporation as a front group to "lend legitimacy" to the effort. Among other sponsors of the seminar was the exclusively Jewish Anti-Defamation League. ( The Education Reporter, Box 618, Alton, IL 62002) - The Witness