One of the topics that is germane to any blog which discusses history is education. That is, of course, applicable here. The future of any nation depends, to one degree or another, on how history is transferred from one generation to the next. When I was in grade school, I was taught to love my country and that our economic system allowed the United States to lead the world in its standard of living as well as freedom and liberty. I was not taught to hate my country. Our textbooks did not contain vulgar profanity.
Sadly, this is no longer the case in the United States, at least not in all parts of the country. Over the years I've been blogging here, I've had academics and various persons involved in education mock my contention that radical, leftist ideology was being taught at all levels of education in the United States. I've also pointed out that these individuals are either:
1. Ignorant fools.
2. Complicit liars.
Once again, I'd like to share with readers more "anecdotal" evidence that my concerns are legitimate and that those who would deny this are . . . see 1 and 2 above.
From a book being used in Arizona, children as young as those in the third grade are reading:
“We have to destroy capitalism and we have to help 5/6 of the world to destroy capitalism in order to equal all peoples’ lives. . . The Declaration of Independence states that we the people have the right to revolution…the right to overrule the government…Any country based on capitalism is based on greed.”
Fomenting hatred and revolution to third graders. Quite a lot to swallow in between peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. They are also being read the "F" word in class as well as "S***". Recently, at a public school board meeting in AZ, a concerned parent spoke of her concerns about this particular book. She was admonished by one of the board members to refrain from using that type of language because there were "young people" in the room. Yeah, I know.
A year or so ago, the academic world got their shorts all knotted up over the Texas text book issue because of, ostensibly, "right wing" ideology in history books. Let's just see how many of those same academics are concerned about this story. I predict not one.
This story illustrates the ultimate fruit that is borne of those who embrace an "anti-American Exceptionalism" position in teaching history. I'm not going to embed the video which was recorded at the board meeting here due to the language, but the source for this story is here.