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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, Dec. 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 and 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 "motor-force 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." (from a review by James V. Rauff of Millikin University)

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.

Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies" (Regnery 2009). Her e-mail address is



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Bruce Springsteen??? Oh God help us. Everybody knows he is an incorrigible enemy of civilization. Michelle, thank you so much for bringing this game-changing revelation to the masses. We must act now... P.S. You are hands down the biggest flaming idiot on whom I have ever wasted my time and cognition trying to make sense of what I see written as something that is supposed to be legitimate commentary. People buying this crap would be better off buying sewage.
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Posted by: Masako
Fri Dec 11, 2009 6:23 PM
Little late to "Masako"'s comments, which constitute the only actual "sewage" on this page. Looked up Zinn's book and quotes, and found that Malkin accurately quoted them. The groups identified actually do exist, and their philosophies and collective intellectual sicknesses were also accurately described. As even us independents and former Dems have found to be true, the left - as is their long and sordid history - does undermine, indoctrinate, and intimidate, in the fine tradition of Karl Marx, socialism, communism, and "social activism". Just a fact, not really a position. "Masako" would seem a fine teammate for the likes of Brolin, Damon, Brucie, Glover, etc. Look, this is what they've been led to believe; they believe it, and, as liberalism does now appear to be a mental disorder, and the left has always been and always will be the party of the mob, they will eventually turn to violence, like every hard left dictator and thug in history (Adolph, Benito, Josef, Che, Hugo, Islamists, unions, BLsM, LGBT, blah, blah). At least, the left has emerged from its phony veneer and is now displaying its full totalitarian nature. Now most Americans know we can no longer live with the left, and it is time to begin discussing, and implementing, the permanent separation. Unfortunately, the left is totally obtuse to the fact that if you permanently change America, you will, first and foremost, never get it back, even if more than half retain the values and historical perspective. Worse, the world - as we now see manifested in late 2015 - will quickly grow dark, murderous, and catastrophically violent.
As Thomas Sowell has rightly pointed out, the left is full of Stage 1 thinkers (I want what I want because I say it's the best and smartest thing), while stages 2 and 3 (ramifications of Stage 1, followed by the daunting work required to fix the damage of Stage 1) will be characterized by discredited leftists claiming that "next time we'll do it right". Obama is just another of the unending failures that describe all leftism, but with damage that will - I believe - cost us the use of the dollar as a reserve currency, and eventual American and international economic decline. The left thrives on discord, social and class warfare, disruption, anarchy, and destabilization. Well, they've done it again, and lives and livelihoods are about to be snuffed out. "Masako", being a Stage 1 lefty, never saw it coming, as evidenced by his response to Malkin's article above. Guess what? the U.S. is now 46th in math, nearly rock-bottom for first- and most second-world nations. Turns out Malkin was right about not just math, but history, too.
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Posted by: P.D. Weber
Sat Oct 10, 2015 10:51 AM
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