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Propaganda in the classroom
Waterbury Republican-American ^ | March 16, 2012 | Editorial

Posted on 03/16/2012 2:41:26 PM PDT by Graybeard58

As Connecticut's economy struggles to recover from the recession of the past few years, it has many obstacles to overcome. Near the top of the list is the state's reputation for being inhospitable to business. It is routine for state government to increase taxes (and spending), while saddling business owners with do-gooder regulations and mandates. Also contributing to Connecticut's anti-business reputation is the willingness of Hartford politicians to cater to organized labor.

With this in mind, a piece of legislation currently under consideration would take Connecticut's union-coddling reputation to a new low, and further poison an already dismal business climate.

Arguably, unions have never had a friendlier state government. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, once famous for his battles with Big Public Labor, sold his soul to state-employee unions during the 2010 campaign and as governor, granted them a concessions deal in which they conceded nothing. His most loyal ally is Lt. Gov. Nancy S. Wyman, a longtime friend of labor who has publicly encouraged union members to run for the legislature to keep Connecticut union-friendly. And speaking of the legislature, the House is under the firm control of Speaker Christopher Donovan, D-Meriden, a former organizer for the Service Employees International Union.

As if this weren't a sweet enough setup for the unions, Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney, D-New Haven, and Rep. Roland Lemar, D-New Haven, have introduced "An Act Concerning the Inclusion of Labor History in the Public School Curriculum." The legislation would require "labor history and law, including the history of organized labor, the collective bargaining process and existing legal protections in the workplace" be included in the social studies curriculum in public schools. (How about teaching economics, civics and free enterprise instead?)

This seems to be nothing more than a ploy to brainwash students into believing in the virtues of unions.

For starters, the legislation does not specify when "labor instruction" should begin, so for all anyone knows, it could start as early as elementary school, when few, if any, students will be able to grasp such concepts. In middle school and/or high school, most students get a working knowledge of labor history and law in American history and business law classes as it is, so there is no need for the mandate. Once students know the basics, those who are interested can take specialized courses in college or study labor history on their own.

State government's willingness to take care of unions is nothing new, but the only purpose served by the new legislation is to convince children from as early an age as possible that unions are good for society, and produce future politicians and union members who will keep Connecticut's union-friendly environment alive and well.

With the state's business climate being decidedly anti-business in a time of economic unrest, this mandate is something Connecticut can't be burdened with.

Legislators would be wise to reject the bill, but given that many of them have personal ties to organized labor, it doesn't seem likely that will happen.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; US: Connecticut
Hmmmm, I wonder what kind of slant union member teachers will put on "labor history"?
1 posted on 03/16/2012 2:41:32 PM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: Graybeard58

The “public school” is BY FAR, the largest, most expensive, most subversive, and most destructive entitlement program in the country.

The “public school” is better understood as the “government school collective”.

It is silly to imagine that you can fix the public schools, because the very concept itself is communist.

If you want to win the culture war, have lots of children (see my tagline) and homeschool them or form your own school cooperative with your church or synagogue and like-minded friends and relatives.

If you have children, make whatever sacrifices you must to get them out of the public schools.


Especially not with your own children.

2 posted on 03/16/2012 2:52:25 PM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Graybeard58

Will this be GLBTQ union history, or just regular union history?

3 posted on 03/16/2012 3:38:47 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The facts of life are Tory." -- Margaret Thatcher)
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To: metmom; wintertime


4 posted on 03/16/2012 4:03:42 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (A chameleon belongs in a pet store, not the White House)
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To: Westbrook
"The “public school” is BY FAR, the largest, most expensive, most subversive, and most destructive entitlement program in the country."

You are among the very few who "get it"!

I am often very discouraged by these threads. Very few conservatives recognize the danger of our nation's system of socialist entitlement and godless K-12 schooling.

Our nation's socialist and single payer schools are freedom's **most** serious threat. I doubt if our experiment in self rule can withstand another generation of this indoctrination, yet it is rare to find a conservative that sees the danger or feels the urgency.

Simply by attending:

** Children will learn to think and reason godlessly. They must just to cooperate in the classroom. How could it be otherwise?

** Children risk learning to be comfortable with accepting tuition-free schooling provided to them by the voting mob. Well?...Gee!...If the voting mob can give them tuition-free schooling, why not use that power to get lots of "free" goodies? It only took one to three generations of modern compulsory socialist schooling for the American voters to give us Franklin D. Roosevelt!

** Children ( whose only crime was being born) risk learning to be comfortable with government suppressing all of their First Amendment Rights and being treated like prisoners.

Personally, I am now at the point where I see government socialist-entitlement schooling to be sooooo evil that I will no longer have a government school teacher for a friend. I wouldn't have anyone who worked in an abortion center for a friend either.

5 posted on 03/16/2012 4:50:28 PM PDT by wintertime (Reforming a government K-12 school is like reforming an abortion center.)
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To: Westbrook


There are counties, and even whole states, in this nation, where if every conservative, Republican, Christian, and observant Jew, removed their children from the government schools that it would immediately collapse the entire socialist-school system.

Some day, future generations will harshly judge those parents who merely mouthed their allegiance to the Constitution, but failed to act.

6 posted on 03/16/2012 4:55:53 PM PDT by wintertime (Reforming a government K-12 school is like reforming an abortion center.)
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To: wintertime

Amen, wintertime.

There are times I feel like a voice crying in the wilderness. It’s good to know there are others that sees the government school collective for what it really is.

Most “conservatives” ignore my posts. Some even try to refute them.

But facts are facts.

The government school collectives are the most pervasive, most subversive, most destructive of all the fifth columns.

At least most conservatives recognize the press for the fifth column that it is.

But they have a major blind spot when it comes to the government school collective.

7 posted on 03/16/2012 5:13:56 PM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Graybeard58; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; AccountantMom; Aggie Mama; agrace; ...


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.

8 posted on 03/16/2012 5:25:58 PM PDT 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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To: Graybeard58

Labor history. Why not include FINANCIAL history?

9 posted on 03/16/2012 5:55:53 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama continued to sponsor Jeremiah Wright after he said "G.D. AMERIKKA!"Where's the outrage?)
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