Theodore's World: Leftist Indoctrination Teaching Students They Are Not Americans But Citizens of the World

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December 14, 2009

Leftist Indoctrination Teaching Students They Are Not Americans But Citizens of the World


Trailer for The People Speak

Hollywood & Howard Zinn’s Marxist education project

by Michelle Malkin

The two most important questions for society, according to the Greek philosopher Plato, are these: What will we teach our children? And who will teach them? Left-wing celebrities have teamed up with one of America’s most radical historians to take control of the classroom in the name of “social justice.” Parents, beware: This Hollywood-backed Marxist education project may be coming to a school near you.

On Sunday, December 13, the History Channel will air “The People Speak” – a documentary based on Marxist academic Howard Zinn’s capitalism-bashing, America-dissing, grievance-mongering history textbook, “A People’s History of the United States.” The film was co-produced/written/bankrolled by Zinn’s Boston neighbor and mentee Matt Damon. An all-star cast of Bush-bashing liberals including Danny Glover, Josh Brolin, Bruce Springsteen, Marisa Tomei, and Eddie Vedder, will appear. Zinn’s work is a self-proclaimed “biased account” of American history that rails against white oppressors, the free market, and the military.

Zinn’s objective is not to impart knowledge, but to instigate “change” and nurture a political “counterforce” (an echo of fellow radical academic and Hugo Chavez admirer Bill Ayers’ proclamation of education as the “motorforce of revolution.”) Teachers are not supposed to teach facts in the school of Zinn. “There is no such thing as pure fact,” Zinn asserts. Educators are not supposed to emphasize individual academic achievement. They are supposed to “empower” student collectivism by emphasizing “the role of working people, women, people of color, and organized social movements.” School officials are not facilitators of intellectual inquiry, but leaders of “social struggle.”

Zinn and company have launched a nationwide education project in conjunction with the documentary. “A people’s history requires a people’s pedagogy to match,” Zinn preaches. The project is a collaboration between two “social justice” activist groups, Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change. Rethinking Schools recently boasted of killing a social studies textbook series in the Milwaukee school system because it “failed to teach social responsibility.” A Rethinking Schools guide on the September 11 jihadi attacks instructs teachers to “nurture student empathy” for our enemies and dissuade students from identifying as Americans. “It’s our job to reach beyond this chauvinism.” And a Rethinking Schools guide to early childhood education written by Ann Pelo disparages “a too-heavy focus on academic skills” in favor of “social justice and ecological teaching” for preschoolers.

Teaching for Change’s objective, in Obama-esque fashion, is to train students not to achieve actual proficiency in core academic subjects, but to inspire them to “become active global citizens.” Today’s non-achieving aspirants are tomorrow’s Nobel Peace Prize winners, after all.

No part of the school curriculum is immune from the social justice makeover crew. Zinn’s partners at Rethinking Schools have even issued teaching guides to “Rethinking Mathematics: Teaching Social Justice by the Numbers” – which rejects the traditional white male patriarchal methods of teaching computation and statistics in favor of p.c.-ified number-crunching:

“Rethinking Mathematics is divided into four parts. The first part is devoted to a broad view of mathematics that includes historical and cultural implications. Part Two includes nine classroom narratives in which teachers describe lessons they have used that infuse social justice issues into their mathematics curriculum. Included here…an AP calculus lesson on income distribution. The third part contains three detailed classroom experiences/lessons. These include a physical depiction of the inequitable distribution of the world’s wealth, the results of a student investigation into how many U.S. Presidents owned slaves, and a wonderful classroom game called ‘Transnational Capital Auction’ in which students take on the role of leaders of Third World countries bidding competitively for new factories from a multinational corporation.
Short lessons, provocative cartoons, and snippets of statistics are scattered throughout Rethinking Mathematics. A partial list of topics includes racial profiling, unemployment rate calculation, the war in Iraq, environmental racism, globalization, wealth distribution and poverty, wheelchair ramps, urban density, HIV/AIDS, deconstructing Barbie, junk food advertising to children, and lotteries.”

Our students will continue to come in dead last in international testing. But no worries. With Howard Zinn and Hollywood leftists in charge, empty-headed young global citizens will have heavier guilt, wider social consciences, and more hatred for America than any other students in the world.

Wild Thing's comment........

OMG everyone of these people are propagandists for othe far left.

This is a full frontal assault by the extreme, America-hating left!

America-hating history quack and fraud Howard Zinn using NBC-owned The History Channel to broadcast The People Speak, financed and produced by Zinn disciple Matt Damon and featuring Damon and others, including Josh Brolin and Benjamin Bratt spewing propaganda for “social change,” which is now labeled “community organizing” and “social justice.”

Instead of teaching kids what’s good and right about America, these radicals including Bill Ayers, Obama's good friend, want to do this.

Now, Zinn wants to turn a school system which cannot teach students to read and write, spell, perform basic math tasks efficiently yet has plenty of time for leftwing propaganda disgusied as curriculum into a laboratory to produce millions of useful idiots to advance the agenda of the America-hating Left.

Outrageous. Trying to indoctrinate at all levels...the History Channel says this is geared towards high-school and college students,and even includes a handy-dandy study guide at the History Channel's website,along with a preview of the screed.

They sure love the “Rising fist of anger” icon even Obama's safe school czar even tried to promote it in schools.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Posted by Wild Thing at December 14, 2009 03:49 AM


I did not watch this. It would have only ticked me off! I cannot believe how easily some people are persuaded to bash America and talk about how we all should be ASHAMED of ourselves. Yes, of course, we are all citizens of the world, but America is our home and we should be damn proud of being an American. These idiot movie stars and rock stars obviously have nothing between the ears. Why should I listen to them? Why should my children? Because they're rich and have more than their fair share of coins to rub together? Howard Zinn is a totally ridiculous asswipe who needs to go back to school himself and do some research before he goes spouting off his mouth about how I should raise my children!!! My children's heritage is rich. They have Patriot ancestors, two Medal of Honor winners, tv star Smiley Burnett, country music legend Willie Nelson, Fred Thompson and Lamar Alexander, as well as those dirt poor Tennessee and Arkansas hillbillies, they have Christians, Jews and even a Muslim in the family tree. Nothing to be ashamed for. It's what makes them so special and unique. How dare someone with his head up his ass try to take that from them! Shame on him and those idiots in Hollywood, not me!

Posted by: Lynn at December 14, 2009 08:03 AM

Now that the progressives have won, Zinn and others are now crawling back into the moist part of the room. Zinn has been a communist forever, he celebrated Pol Pot when he started his killing spree, he was so bad, even some on the left told him to shut up. So he disappeared for awhile. He wrote the History of the American people in the 70's and it was considered radical and revisionist history, except by the left.

Evidently now he feels its time to bring his garbage to light once again.

It is no wonder these scientist involved in Climategate have to massage thier data to make it fit their model, they learned math the new way. They seem to have a canned model that only performs when a certain type of data is entered, the massaged data. Then is it any wonder this whole thing is a hoax.

Now Zinn and his ilk are going to teach math and write the books. If a child can't tell the difference between an (or perceived) 'equality' and an 'Inequality' then how are they going to know when Scocial Justice is achieved. He talks about an example of 'Income Redistribution' using Calculus, This is a real stretch. His students don't know about Equalities, and won't even have a clue what a Napierien Logs are how in hell can they understand Integration,...yeah forced busing.

I guess thats sort of like the Lo'hopital rule(Lo-pee-tal) squat low and pee high.

But really its not the education that is important its the brain washing, Drones and serf's don't need to think, that is left for the elites.

Posted by: Mark at December 14, 2009 08:50 AM

The Leftist agenda is the rule of a few(elites) over the masses. The masses need not think for themselves, the elite will do it for them. At the same time the masses are propadandized into believing that they really are thinking for themselves.

If those leftist masses would only consider and hear the people trying to escape Cuba, North Korea, Zimbabwe and other "people'e paradises".

Posted by: TomR at December 14, 2009 01:24 PM

Thank GOD we sent our children to quality private schools. Our financial sacrifices were well worth it. The libs call this Operation Dumbing Down America, eh?

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at December 14, 2009 05:39 PM

Years ago, Joseph Stalin said something to the effect of: "Give one generation of America's children and we will walk across the USA and claim it without war."
See any comparison today?

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Posted by: Frankly Opinionated at December 14, 2009 06:50 PM

This with the other things about Obama's
safe school czar has put the children
in our country in such a horrible place.
I hate how they are going after the minds
of children.

Posted by: Wild Thing at December 15, 2009 12:38 AM

As each day passes it is becoming very clear that there is a terrible cancer that has metastisized itself in America. We need good surgeons with the proper tools to remove it before America expires. I do feel the operation will take place but don't know when.

Posted by: cuchieddie(Enemy of the State) at December 15, 2009 07:14 AM