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High-school Shocker: Lesson Sheet Elevates Communism over “Capitalism”
The New American ^ | February 7, 2012 | Selwyn Duke

Posted on 02/07/2012 7:36:00 AM PST by Paladins Prayer

When parent Jeff Travis saw a lesson sheet his son received in social studies class, he was shocked. Using propaganda that could have been disgorged by the KGB, the flier seemed to elevate communism over “capitalism.”

Distributed in Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa, the lesson sheet includes a cartoon (portion shown below) that purports to illustrate the differences between the two systems. In the left panel are two unhappy-looking workers with balls and chains tied to their ankles who toil away on one side of a machine while all the profit spills out the other side into a bag held by a smiling, stogie-smoking, portly business owner in a hat. It is labeled “Capitalism — In theory.” In the right panel, communism is presented “in theory” with two smiling workers standing relaxed at the same machine while all the profit comes back their way.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: arth; cartoon; communism; indoctrination; school
This school was caught with its red pants down. And now they blame a radio host for breaking the story. Typical leftist scum.
1 posted on 02/07/2012 7:36:06 AM PST by Paladins Prayer
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To: Paladins Prayer

“shocker”.... to whom?


2 posted on 02/07/2012 7:38:42 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Paladins Prayer

What’s funny is, yeah, this IS how leftists see the two systems.

If the lesson was, basically, “this is your brain on liberalism”, it would be a true lesson.

“In theory”, ie, in LEFTIST theory. There has NEVER been an implementation of socialism or communism wherein the “profits flowed back to the workers”.


3 posted on 02/07/2012 7:40:36 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Paladins Prayer

How many schools are wearing red pants? I fear there are a lot.


4 posted on 02/07/2012 7:41:09 AM PST by Josephat (The old claim your evengelizing people who haven't heard the gospel, but go to a Catholic country tr)
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To: Paladins Prayer

If they are attacking the messenger, then they are guilty. They know they can’t talk their way out of the facts. So they attack the person that called them out.

Yes they are communist. Don’t believe they are not other wise.


5 posted on 02/07/2012 7:42:27 AM PST by Sprite518
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To: MrB

Say that again.

With leftists, it’s like a mental dog.

First they stick their nose in people’s butts, but then they their own noses in their own butts.

They love to micromanage and have communist interference in every thing, this so called perfect machine catheterized in your insides telling you what to do perfectly... in their own lala land self production.


6 posted on 02/07/2012 7:44:11 AM PST by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: Paladins Prayer

Teach your children all about communism

Make ONE of them do all the work and offer to pay him/her.

Then take most of it away and give it to the siblings. And when they wail and complain, tell them THAT’S what is wrong with communism.

Of course, the ones who RECEIVE the money for doing nothing, will be happy - until next weekend when you make the same offer.

When the child who did all the work refuses to do it and get snookered again -and they end up with nothing, tell the others THAT’S ALSO whats wrong with communism.


7 posted on 02/07/2012 7:44:34 AM PST by Mr. K (Were the Soviet-Era propogandists as gleefully willing as our Lame-stream Media?)
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To: Paladins Prayer
Personally, I see this as child abuse. Child abuse includes those who would pervert childrens' thinking about issues, ideological systems, and mores when they can't possibly understand said matters.

That's why we know them as children and students. They should not be taught such since their reasoning ability is so limited. That makes such teachings indoctrination = brainwashing = child abuse. Just teach them the 3 R's and let them decide later when they have the capacity to work out the logic.

But then, as the saying goes, "If you're not a liberal in your 20's you have no heart. If you're not a conservative in your 40's you have no mind".

8 posted on 02/07/2012 7:51:09 AM PST by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: Paladins Prayer

Teachers never have to make a payroll.


9 posted on 02/07/2012 7:53:21 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Paladins Prayer

next weeks lesson: the purity of sharia law vs the corrupt oppression of common law.


10 posted on 02/07/2012 7:53:34 AM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: Paladins Prayer

The problem I have is the pictures are mislabeled. In capitalism, people receive in wages or profits the value of their own productive activity. If they don’t receive that, they are free to stop working for their employer or stop risking their capital investment. This is more like the slide mis-labeled “Communism.” In communism, all the value of productive activity goes to the state, and the state later decides who gets to have what in income, and what jobs they can have. If people don’t work, they’re shot. This is much more like the first slide mis-labeled “Capitalism.”


11 posted on 02/07/2012 7:55:59 AM PST by Thane_Banquo
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To: Paladins Prayer
"High-school Shocker: Lesson Sheet Elevates Communism over Capitalism"

Guys, we can all be proud that the system worked. Alert parents, together with conservative local media, have exposed the pansy leftists at this high school.

So they blamed the radio station; big deal. The teacher and the principal will now crawl back into their cave and leave the students alone.

For those of you still outraged, don't forget ... homeschooling is always a wonderful alternative and it's free. We've done it, as have many of our friends, and the connection you get with your children is absolutely wonderful.

12 posted on 02/07/2012 7:59:12 AM PST by tom h
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To: Paladins Prayer

The commie sympathizers are free to spend their life in NoKo. And don’t ever let them come back.


13 posted on 02/07/2012 8:00:36 AM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Paladins Prayer

Here’s the problem.

If my kid brought that kind of garbage home from school, I’d be at that school in a heartbeat. I’d want to talk to the teacher, and the principal. I’m a lifelong resident of my town, and I’d raise a stink with my councilman, friends and family. But, I’m a conservative, more or less, (by freeper purity standards, sometimes not).

Anyway, conservatives have done what we do best, taken care of the problem as it affects us. Most conservative kids are either home schooled or in parochial schools. The parents in this school system either agree, are too busy to notice, or don’t care. The net result is, more kids are taught that communism/socialism is a better way to go. And we get into a place where a Marxist like Obama is set to win a second term.


14 posted on 02/07/2012 8:05:06 AM PST by brownsfan (Aldous Huxley and Mike Judge were right.)
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15 posted on 02/07/2012 8:05:51 AM PST by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-free zones are playgrounds for felons)
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To: Paladins Prayer
I read the entire worksheet at the school's website (posted here). And I gotta say, it's not nearly as bad as it is being made out in the story. Under the capitalism cartoon, it has these blurbs: Opportunity for all, profit is a reward for hard work, etc. And on the communism side, it does qualify the standard of living being more equal as "in theory."

Now, there are some inaccuracies (not to mention grammatical and spelling errors) in the handout. Mostly, though, I see an overly simplistic depiction of the two systems. I'm not getting an OWS-type vibe here, honestly.

16 posted on 02/07/2012 8:05:57 AM PST by DemforBush (Six o'clock in *Berlin*. They were having lunch in Cleveland.)
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To: Paladins Prayer

——In the right panel, communism is presented “in theory” with two smiling workers standing relaxed at the same machine while all the profit comes back their way.-——

Lolz. I have family in eastern Europe, so... yeah.

It’s sad, really. We have Russian friends who ask me where we’re going, and I don’t have good news for them.


17 posted on 02/07/2012 8:06:08 AM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: Paladins Prayer

Key words: In Theory.

I would actually consider beginning a course on the difference between the two systems with such a comparison. I would then go on to show how the theories break down.


18 posted on 02/07/2012 8:07:30 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Paladins Prayer

Marxists have spread the lie about ‘classless’ society from the beginning - never mind that all historical examples of Marxism have resulted in a reign of terror where tyrannical Party elites Lord over helpless serfs.

But, a lie can easily be made to appear more attractive than the truth.

Individuals well grounded in Judeo-Christian values see that the Marxist lies are too good to be true and that they are not supported by evidence. So Christians typically reject Marxist claims, (although Judaism seems more sympathetic - not sure why). Other values systems may also be able to compete with Marxist ideology.

But those who adhere to modern ‘secular’ values, (moral relativism, democratic values, evolving values, etc.), are very likey to embrace some form of Marxism in the end, (socialism, communism, Progessivism, etc.)

Even if I didn’t follow the risen Christ I would recognize that a society needs a strong, healthy system of values for a nation to survive. And even if I had no Christian allegiance I would reason that the viability of a given system may be judged by the outcome of the society/nation which practiced that system.

So I would notice the rise of western Europe and the US to world dominance, (culturally, morally, technologically, militarily, etc.) while they were emphatically Christian valued. I would compare this to the results of - say - Buddhist valued nations, or Marxist valued nations, or Islamic valued nations. And I would notice the decline of European dominance from the time those nations rejected Christianity in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. And I would notice the decline of US dominance from the time we chose to secularize in the 1960’s and 1970’s. And I might very well conclude: “Christian valued nations are the most successful - we should endeavour to adopt Christian values!”

This demonstrable success of nations which practice Christianity as compared to those which follow other creeds is in fact one of the proofs which confirms my own Christian decision. I pray that we all return to Christ while there is still time.


19 posted on 02/07/2012 8:11:32 AM PST by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: DemforBush

Are you serious? I read it too, and it IS every bit as bad as they say. From the worksheet, as presented in the article:

Communism stands for equal sharing of the work according to the benefits and the ability, but in capitalism an individual is responsible for his works and if he wants to raise the ladder, he has to work hard…. While the profit of any enterprise is equally shared by all in Communism, the profit in the capitalist structure belongs to the owner only. … Moreover, communism stands for a class less [sic] society, which doesn’t see any difference between the rich and the poor. On the other hand, capitalism divides the society into rich and poor. Capitalism can be said to be the exploitation of the individual. While every one [sic] is equal in communism, there is a great divide of the class in capitalism.

“Capitalism can be said to be the exploitation of the individual?” By whom?

As the author wrote:

In its defense, the school provides the complete handout (found here) on their website. I’ve read it, and what is truly damning — a testimonial as to how irredeemably biased these educators are — is that they actually think it provides context. While there is the negative portrayal of economic freedom (“capitalism” is a communist term) in the aforementioned cartoon, there is no corresponding negative portrayal of communism. And, of course, presenting workers with balls and chains is not economic freedom “In theory,” as the worksheet states — unless it’s a North Korean theory.

C’mon Dem, let’s get real.


20 posted on 02/07/2012 8:13:30 AM PST by Paladins Prayer
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To: Paladins Prayer

Lots of commies in education.


21 posted on 02/07/2012 8:24:07 AM PST by onedoug
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To: MrB
"There has NEVER been an implementation of socialism or communism wherein the “profits flowed back to the workers”."

I tend to disagree. The profits do flow back to the workers, however miniscule. The problem is that because they receive the profits of the producers under the above systems, they do the least or nothing to get those profits and never benefit from their own natural desire to achieve more.

I remember the communes of the 60's and have first hand experience why they didn't work: Too many, working too hard for the benefit of others, while many wouldn't work as hard. The productive types got fed up and left - think California.

Something I find fascinating and is rarely discussed is China's current economic/political system. Although they are still totalitarian politically, they are nothing like they used to be in economic terms before they inherited Hong Kong from the Brits.

China's leaders quickly discovered that free enterprise was the engine that would allow them to have a huge GDP for years. Yes, you can say the Chinese leaders did it for their own survival, but still, they grow because of individual enterprise. Just look how many Chinese companies are on the NY and Amex stock exchanges. They even have their own stock exchange now. They wised up about economics and do much to encourage entreprenuership. Too bad so many other nations, including the US are going in the opposite direction.

So while I agree with you in theory, I do know that work "profits" whether be cabbage or carrots do flow back to the "workers" in socialist/communist systems. They just don't get much of anything.

Think: our welfare queens and kings. They would love to have more (even when they moan about the rich, they still buy lottery tickets hoping to be rich), but are okay with just getting by without effort. Of course, getting by on others' dime in this and other countries is having a solid roof, car, TV, fridge, computer, smart phone, latest athletic shoes, etc. So yes, socialism/communism promotes lack of incentive.

22 posted on 02/07/2012 8:34:32 AM PST by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: MrB

The ‘theory’ is a worker’s paradise. The reality is a gulag.


23 posted on 02/07/2012 8:35:48 AM PST by fhayek
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To: A Navy Vet
The productive types got fed up and left

To solve this little problem, you have to implement fences, armed guards and whips.

The leftists that you can get to admit this fact all think they'll be the ones holding the whip.

24 posted on 02/07/2012 8:38:47 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Mr. K
"Teach your children all about communism. Make ONE of them do all the work and offer to pay him/her. Then take most of it away and give it to the siblings. And when they wail and complain, tell them THAT’S what is wrong with communism."

Perfect! Your example also applies to socialism.

25 posted on 02/07/2012 8:39:18 AM PST by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: DemforBush

“...on the communism side, it does qualify the standard of living being more equal as “in theory.””...

Not to argue with you necessarily, but I no longer accept that “communism works on paper, just not in real life” thingie any more.

No it doesn’t, because we are talking about a human system, and no way does it work if humans are involved. And, if they’re not included, there is no system, so it’s a silly, illogical, pointless argument from the get-go.


26 posted on 02/07/2012 8:55:09 AM PST by SuzyQue (Don't believe everything you think.)
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To: SuzyQue

Bingo, Suzy. Here’s another article from the same author on this very subject - http://www.thenewamerican.com/opinion/selwyn-duke/10519-silly-things-we-hear-communism-works-on-paper


27 posted on 02/07/2012 9:08:13 AM PST by Paladins Prayer
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To: Mr. K
Teach your children all about communism

Make ONE of them do all the work and offer to pay him/her.

Then take most of it away and give it to the siblings. And when they wail and complain, tell them THAT’S what is wrong with communism.

Of course, the ones who RECEIVE the money for doing nothing, will be happy - until next weekend when you make the same offer.

When the child who did all the work refuses to do it and get snookered again -and they end up with nothing, tell the others THAT’S ALSO whats wrong with communism

Brilliant. Simple, succinct and to the point. This should be published far and wide...

28 posted on 02/07/2012 9:17:06 AM PST by Noumenon ("I tell you, gentlemen, we have a problem on our hands." Col. Nicholson-The Bridge on the River Qwai)
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To: Paladins Prayer

Propaganda is the only tool socialists have to offer,see Obama&Co.


29 posted on 02/07/2012 9:24:31 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: DemforBush

I am, but mostly from the cartoon.
Which, given the state of education, may be all the students can understand...


30 posted on 02/07/2012 9:44:53 AM PST by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: metmom; wintertime; bamahead; traviskicks

The schools have long implied this, but this is the first time I’ve heard of it being done openly.


31 posted on 02/17/2012 5:16:01 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (A chameleon belongs in a pet store, not the White House)
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To: Paladins Prayer; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; AccountantMom; Aggie Mama; agrace; ...

ANOTHER REASON TO HOMESCHOOL

This ping list is for the “other” articles of interest to homeschoolers about education and public school. This can occasionally be a fairly high volume list. Articles pinged to the Another Reason to Homeschool List will be given the keyword of ARTH. (If I remember. If I forget, please feel free to add it yourself)

The main Homeschool Ping List handles the homeschool-specific articles. I hold both the Homeschool Ping List and the Another Reason to Homeschool Ping list. Please freepmail me to let me know if you would like to be added to or removed from either list, or both.

32 posted on 02/17/2012 7:18:44 PM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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