Skip to comments.A Marxist Book in Every Stocking! Top 10 Subversive Themes for Children
Posted on 12/06/2010 9:36:09 AM PST by Michael van der Galien
It started innocently enough, like many encounters with obscenity on the internet. I was just surfin away, minding my own business, looking for something I dont even remember now on Google when up popped something utterly profane.
It was a search result with this intriguing line:
Help me build a library of lefty kids books Do you know any good left wing propoganda for toddlers?
(I know, I know. This individual should master English before he hits the propaganda too hard his spelling and punctuation skills leave a bit to be desired.)
ANYWAY. Allow me to drag you over here to my computer screen so you can share my horror:
I have a 3 year old daughter, we read a lot of books together. Her mom and I are committed to progressive political action and would like to introduce some cool, fun, lefty books to the collection I am thinking about books that discuss race, class, struggle, civil rights, gender issues, environmentalism, etc. We are well to the left of the American mainstream, but well take liberalish stuff too.
This was not a Left wing site, but a community weblog. Can you even IMAGINE what would happen if a conservative parent posted the polar opposite question? I shudder to think of the cyber-blood that would be shed as the guy got ripped limb from limb. But, because conservatives are more polite than leftists, nobody really took this guy to task for his stated goal of brainwashing his child (one exception to be noted later).
(Excerpt) Read more at newsrealblog.com ...
Time and Newsweek would be a good place to start.
Washington Post, New York Times, Democratic National Committe website, Brady Center website, yada, yada, yada.
Reeducation camp bookmark.
Two comments on this -
leftists have one or two kids max, so don’t worry too much about “generational marxism”.
However, leftists also have been encouraged to infest the educational system in order to get YOUR kids, you conservatives with 3-4 or more children.
And you can’t “counter” this indoctrination at home after they’ve been in school all day.
The Lefties don’t get it - “subversive” these days is Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Adams, and Henry. And the kids know it, too, and it’s fun watching them find out. The problem with the Long March Through The Institutions is that they arrived, and history didn’t stop.
I think the book “The Lorax” was a good example of the “Tragedy of the Commons” in action.
These books aren’t real :) Leftists don’t want your kids to learn how to read at all.
ugh...just checked out the Dr Suess book. These books are real. :(
I liked this 1 star review of The Rainbow Fish:
This book is just not keeping up with the times.
In the new updated version of the book the rainbow fish (and all the other rainbow fish) would be dominated by a huge school of fish led by a community organizer fish. The community organizer fish would stir up all the other fish to rise up against the rainbow fish, telling them that the rainbow fish had acquired their scales unfairly and that those scales needed to be re-distributed. The community organizer fish uses vague nonsensical phrases like, "Hope and change," or, "We are the ones we have been waiting for," and, "Yes, we can!"
Then the community organizer fish gets all the other now disgruntled fish to elect him head fish. He then proceeds to make new fish rules and create all kinds of new fish governing agencies (staffed by his cronies) which pretty much makes life miserable for all the fish. But that's okay because, he tells them, the rainbow fish are really getting taken to the cleaners with all these new rules and regulations and that should make everyone feel really good.
It's not long before the rainbow fish are either all killed off (or just leave for safer waters) and now everyone is really miserable. Well, everyone except for the community organizer fish and his obnoxious wife (she tells all the other fish how to eat healthy even though she is obviously overweight) who go on elaborate vacations at the expense of the lesser, ordinary fish. The community organizer fish spends an inordinate amount of time golfing (even though he is clueless about how to play and cheats on his score) while the "bitter clinger" fish take on two, three or even four jobs in order to pay the bill for his extravagant lifestyle.
Grrrrr!!!!!!! This peeves me off! I’m unable to homeschool (I’m a single mom) so I have been looking for the most conservative private school I can find. It’s not easy in Pittsburgh! I have a 3 year old & I carefully screen her books. Unfortunately, I did pick up a Dr Seuss collection & was stunned by the overt propoganda in “The Lorax”. We won’t be reading that one.
I have bought some “conservative” books. Many, I found on a Catholic homeschooling website. I also have Mike Huckabee’s Christmas book, Glenn Beck’s Christmas Sweater picture book, as well as a few others. I am compiling a library for when she gets older, as well. So far, I have Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense”, “Animal Farm”, “The Fountainhead”, ‘Atlas Shrugged”, “The Federalist Papers” (in modern english), several history books by David Barton & Larry Sweikart (can’t remeber how to speel his name - I know he’s a FReepers so sorry, Larry). Any other suggestions?
I also ordered the New England Primer on Amazon this morning.
How was it an example of the tragedy of the commons?
I guess, if the trees were owned by everyone and thus by no one, no one could really protest against their harvest.
However, if I were reading this to my kids, I’d point out that a good businessman would make sure to plant more trees as he harvested the existing trees in order to ensure the continuation of his business.
This book has won several awards and is beautifully illustrated, thus I made the mistake of purchasing it for my daughter without reading it all the way through. Don't make the same mistake.
This is the story of a beautiful fish who is hated and ostrasized by all the other fish in the sea because they envy his beautiful silver scales. I assumed that the moral of the story would have something to do with everyone being beautiful in his or her own way, and that eventually the other fish would come to recognize their own beauty. Unfortunately not. Instead, the Rainbow Fish is harangued and harrassed by his fellow fish until he has given away all but one of his silver scales. In the end he is very happy because he has become popular.
The morals of this story are pretty shocking: 1.) It suggests that children should give in to peer pressure. 2.) It teaches children that friendship can be bought. 3.) It says that it is not only right, but a moral imperative, to sacrifice the very essence of yourself for the sake of popularity. 4.) It suggests that popularity is the ultimate good, and that one cannot be happy without it. 5.) It teaches that envy will be rewarded. 6.) It teaches children that it's okay to ostrasize people who are different. 7.) It teaches that rude behavior is acceptable if it gets you want you want. 8.) It suggests (to younger readers in particular, who may not be capable of grasping metaphor) that only outer beauty matters. 9.) It teaches that happiness can be achieved by tearing down or destroying what belongs to others. 10.) It preaches a kind of social Marxism: that there is no value in the uniqueness of an individual, that his worth and his happiness depend on his desire to conform to the values and demands of his peer group.
Frankly, I am astounded that anyone saw fit to confer any honors upon this book.
My local newspaper, or almost any newspaper. Bill Maher pukes out toddler-level left wing propaganda almost every time he opens his gob.
Frankly, I’d keep the toddlers away from the Brady Center website. One of the most dangerous things you can teach a child is that inanimate objects can harm them and that they have no mental or physical power over such objects. Such beliefs tend to breed frightened and dependent adults, of whom I think we’ve got enough.
[ How was it an example of the tragedy of the commons?
I guess, if the trees were owned by everyone and thus by no one, no one could really protest against their harvest.
However, if I were reading this to my kids, Id point out that a good businessman would make sure to plant more trees as he harvested the existing trees in order to ensure the continuation of his business. ]
No one owned the trees, they could go in a clear cut the trees and no one cared because they thought they could last forever. If the Company owned the part of Lorax tree forest they would have realized after clear cutting their own section they would have no more and they would have been planting at the same rate of cutting them down, they would also manage the lorax, leaving the young trees to grow bigger and cutting down the trees which were nearing their natural decline. Eventually they would have expanded their lorax forest and everyone would be happy.
That book was assigned in my daughter’s class about 7 years ago. My wife was reading it aloud and became so agitated at its collectivist “message” that she called me in to hear it. We contacted the school and told the (classic, Earth-mother hippie) teacher exactly what we thought of that kind of radical indoctrination posing as “education”. We made it clear that if we saw any more of that socialist claptrap, we’d pull our daughter out of school instantly and educate her ourselves. Apparently, several other parents were similarly distressed, and the lesson plans quietly reverted to more suitable texts.
[ Frankly, Id keep the toddlers away from the Brady Center website. One of the most dangerous things you can teach a child is that inanimate objects can harm them and that they have no mental or physical power over such objects. Such beliefs tend to breed frightened and dependent adults, of whom I think weve got enough. ]
Here is an idea for a book, “The Sharp Pointy Stick”.
Little Andrew was walking one day on his way from school and he finds a an old broken pool cue. It is sharp on one end. Andrew being a nice kid uses it to draw a hop scotch and uses it to play tic-tac-toe in his back yard and in the sandbox at the park with his friends.
Then the school bully find the other half of the broken pool cue and uses it to terrorize the other kids. The school principle (being a complete liberal jerkwad) doesn’t condemn the bully for his negative actions, but instead he blames the sticks, and takes away the sticks from both the bully and Andrew which makes all of the children sad. Andrew asks the principle why he took away his stick, and the principle says that sharp pointy sticks are dangerous. Andrew counters that he used his stick for good and the bully was not, so the bully should be punished and not the stick. The principle then gives Andrew detention for questioning his decision of banning sticks because he could be a bully too for wanting a stick.
The next day Andrew is ambushed by the bully in an alley way and the bully blames Andrew for the Principle taking away his sharp pointy stick. He starts to wail on Andrew and Andrew spots another sharp pointy stick. He grabs it and whacks the bully over the head and he runs away crying. The book ends with Andrew in the alley pondering that stick itself is not a evil object and the people who use the stick can either be good or evil and that is what matters.
Lesson to be learned, just because your kids is in school does not mean you have a free pass to ignore their educational material.
You should read the reviews of the giving tree.
[ The Lefties dont get it - subversive these days is Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Adams, and Henry. And the kids know it, too, and its fun watching them find out. The problem with the Long March Through The Institutions is that they arrived, and history didnt stop. ]
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The one to kick the Marxists back to the dustbin of history.
Keep those Aesop fables away from the brat. He might accidently be exposed to the Ants and Grasshopper and learn that it’s “ok” to let a slacker freeze in the winter just ‘cause he didn’t want to work and would rather play all day in the summer.
And the liberal dinks (dual income, no kids) throw a hissy fit when the Texas schoolbook advisory board tries to thwart the liberal indoctrination found in these texts.
Don’t forget the republished 1830’s edition of the McGuffey Readers:
Hmm, books for a her.
‘Reflections on the Revolution in France’ - Edmund Burke.
‘Wealth of Nations’ - Adam Smith
‘Democracy in America’ - De Toqueville
‘Mere Christianity’ - CS Lewis
‘The Everlasting Man’ - GK Chesterton
Anything by Leopold von Ranke, if you can find him.
As for fiction:
Anything by CS Lewis
Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings
Anything by GK Chesterton
Some really nice Catholic girls’ novels are the Beany Malone and Stacy Belford series (serii?) by Lenora Mattingly Weber. They came back in print about fifteen years ago, through Image Cascade publishing. I’d say the reading level is 8 and up. Here’s the website:
When you thwart their indoctrination efforts,
you’re taking “their” kids away from them.
No wonder they throw hissy fits.
Looks like that one may be even worse. :-(
BTW, when I was in 3rd grade "social studies" class, the text book we were assigned described the difference between socialism, communism, and capitalism; the description of communism was *fairly* honest (ie, the writers admitted it was a Bad Thing), but socialism was described in the most glowing terms imaginable, and the description of capitalism could have been straight out of an 1890s Marxist tract...There was no admission whatsoever that "the worker's" condition had changed since the days of Charles Dickens. The text really tried to push socialism-and the teacher not only pointed that out, she got the whole class to agree that "Socialism is the best system".
This was Anno Domini 1973.
Yeah, that sort of indoctrination has been going on for some decades now...Thankfully some parents fight back when they learn of it.
One of the books I recall being assigned to read in my Social Studies (they'd already done away with "History") class that year was... Rules For Radicals... it seems they couldn't wait to foist Alinsky on young, impressionable minds. Little did my teacher know that I was also reading Atlas Shrugged for the first time, at the urging of an older mentor. Created some major fireworks, right there. ;-)
The next day Andrew is ambushed by the bully in an alley way and the bully blames Andrew for the Principle taking away his sharp pointy stick. He starts to wail on Andrew and Andrew spots another sharp pointy stick. He grabs it and whacks the bully over the head and he runs away crying...
The bully runs home and complains to his mother, who is on the school board. She next calls the principal who immediately suspends Andrew for assaulting another student with a dangerous weapon. He then calls the police, who show up at the lad's house with an arrest warrant charging Andrew with felonious assault. Andrew's parents object because he's just a kid and was defending himself from a bully, but the police tell them they'll have to settle the matter before a judge.
Andrew is taken to the police station, booked and fingerprinted and his parents made to pay bail. At trial, the defense is denied the use of evidence regarding the bully's prior behavior as it is not relevant and there are were no witnesses to the fight. The bully's counsel presents his sad-looking, well-groomed client with a huge bandage on his head and claims that there's "no way of knowing" whether the damage to him might be permanent.
Andrew is convicted, expelled from school and because his parents cannot pay the exorbitant fine assessed by the judge, they must declare bankruptcy and default on their mortgage. And Andrew's classmates are so distraught at his situation that the principal agrees to call in grief counselors, as he wonders why kids are just so out of control these days.