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Philly city council wants socialism taught in schools - in praise of mass murdering dictators
Daily Caller ^ | October 27, 2013 | Robby Soave

Posted on 10/27/2013 9:11:08 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Philadelphia city council members have approved a resolution that calls for socialist historian Howard Zinn’s book “A People’s History of the United States” to be taught in public high schools.

The resolution was backed by council members Jim Kenny and Jannie Blackwell, who believe that Zinn’s far-left socialist vision of American history is currently missing from high school textbooks.

“Howard Zinn’s ‘A People’s History of the United States’ emphasizes the role of working people, women, people of color, and organized social movements in shaping history; not simply the version retold by those powerful enough to ensure history remembers their actions in a positive light, regardless of the truth,” the resolution states.

The power to set curriculum is in the hands of the school district superintendent and board, meaning that the resolution is little more than a strong recommendation. Still, Kenny and Blackwell believe a message must be sent that Philadelphia students need formal instruction in recognizing privilege and inequality.

“Council does hereby recognize the need for students to be taught an unvarnished, honest version of U.S. history that empowers students to differentiate between moments that have truly made our country great versus those that established systemic inequality, privilege, and prejudice which continue to reinforce modern society’s most difficult issues,” the resolution states.

Zinn’s book is lauded in far-left circles, but many conservative thinkers believe his self-described “history” is really social activism masquerading as fact. Former Indiana Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels believed strongly that the book had no place in K-12 classrooms–an opinion that landed him in trouble with liberal academics when he started his new job as president of Purdue University.

“We must not falsely teach American history in our schools,” said Daniels in a statement defending his opposition to Zinn’s work. “Howard Zinn, by his own admission a biased writer, purposely falsified American history. His books have no more place in Indiana history classrooms than phrenology or Lysenkoism would in our biology classes or the `Protocols of the Elders of Zion’ in world history courses.”

Daniels made clear that college professors had the right to use the book if they so choose, but K-12 teachers have no business treating Zinn’s work as fact.

Zinn was an apologist for communist dictators like Fidel Castro, who has brutalized and oppressed the people of Cuba for decades.

Like Zinn, Councilwoman Blackwell defended the Castro regime.

“Castro did not do everything wrong, or he would not have lasted so long,” she said in a statement to CBS.

Philadelphia Daily News columnist Will Bunch praised the decision to demand that Zinn be taught in class, happily explaining that his own radicalism was fostered by “A People’s History of the United States.”

“Although readers here assume because of my fondness for the radical ’60s that I emerged from the womb carrying a picture of Chairman Mao, the truth is that I was a bland center-left voters and a pretty “balanced” journalist in the ’90s,” he wrote. “Reading Zinn helped me understand what went wrong, and how everyday people could fight to get things right.”

Mao, the Chinese dictator whom Bunch recalled fondly, ruled communist China from 1949 to 1976. His policies of mass starvation and execution are responsible for an estimated 50 million deaths.

Neither Bunch, Kenny or Blackwell responded to requests for comment.

There has been no word yet on whether district officials plan to turn Philadelphia students into apologists for mass-murdering dictators.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
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1 posted on 10/27/2013 9:11:08 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

All part of the Kenyan’s “fundamental transformation” of our country. Sad.


2 posted on 10/27/2013 9:13:32 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (ObamaCare should have been tested on politicians before being released to the public!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

They should also teach Stalin’s, Lenin’s and Mao’s works... (/sarc)


3 posted on 10/27/2013 9:15:00 AM PDT by Innovative ("Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." -- Vince Lombardi)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Given the nature of Philidelphia’s government, it was probably the only book they could understand - because it has lots of pictures.


4 posted on 10/27/2013 9:16:08 AM PDT by Little Ray (How did I end up in this hand-basket, and why is it getting so hot?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

If I were a liberal Democrat in 2013, I’d be laughing and pissing in everyone’s face too.

No one anywhere is lifting a finger to stop them.


6 posted on 10/27/2013 9:18:03 AM PDT by Tzimisce
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The largest demographic in Philly is Black. They should teach the students the wonders of Robert Mugabe, Idi Amin Dada, Charles Taylor, etc.


7 posted on 10/27/2013 9:18:15 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Useful idiots of the world, unite!


8 posted on 10/27/2013 9:18:19 AM PDT by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
“Castro did not do everything wrong, or he would not have lasted so long,” she said in a statement to CBS.

Would she say the same of Franco?

9 posted on 10/27/2013 9:18:46 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: EEGator
Robert Mugabe, Idi Amin Dada, Charles Taylor, etc.

Those guys are gods to black liberals. They were hoping Obama would follow in their footsteps

10 posted on 10/27/2013 9:21:27 AM PDT by digger48
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Incredible. Zinn's "history" isn't. I can't state the case more simply. Better not to pretend to teach history at all.

These urban-brand Liberal utopian socialists live in a federally-funded dream world. One that can't last.

War seems nearly inevitable.

11 posted on 10/27/2013 9:22:28 AM PDT by Prospero (Si Deus trucido mihi, ego etiam fides Deus.)
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To: digger48

Jim Jones and the People’s Temple.

Charismatic strong men....


12 posted on 10/27/2013 9:23:20 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers' associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the "common man."

31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the "big picture." Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.

32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture--education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.

From "The Naked Communist," by Cleon Skousen

Also read into the Congressional Record--Appendix, pp. A34-A35 January 10, 1963

13 posted on 10/27/2013 9:25:40 AM PDT by Slyfox (Satan's goal is to rub out the image of God he sees in the face of every human.)
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To: lonevoice

ping!


14 posted on 10/27/2013 9:30:53 AM PDT by Pride in the USA
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To: digger48

Precisely. I have the blessing of living just 20 minutes outside the Utopia of Philly. It has been almost completely destroyed. I’d feel safer swimming in the Nile than walking around in North Philly.


15 posted on 10/27/2013 9:31:05 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Ahh, if the goal is to teach socialism, why not just teach current events?


16 posted on 10/27/2013 9:34:03 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

the rot and decay is showing.. prett bad too.

how much longer can liberalism survive..

in spite of itself and its hollow promises?

sad


17 posted on 10/27/2013 9:35:09 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Like Zinn, Councilwoman Blackwell defended the Castro regime.

“Castro did not do everything wrong, or he would not have lasted so long,” she said in a statement to CBS.

reckun she never visited the unmarked graves in Cuba of those Fidel ‘liberated’

liberated alright. from this world.

of all t


18 posted on 10/27/2013 9:36:44 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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-of all t

a cult of death , the DHimmi Party


19 posted on 10/27/2013 9:38:41 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Council does hereby recognize the need for students to be taught an unvarnished, honest version of U.S. history...

No, it isn't anything like that, nor did Zinn intend it to be. It is an alternate view deliberately distorting toward the negative as an attempt to offset what he felt was unfairly represented as positive. As such it is no more useful to students of history than a comic book.

20 posted on 10/27/2013 9:40:19 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Innovative
They should also teach Stalin’s, Lenin’s and Mao’s works... (/sarc)
I went to school in the 50s and 60s and they DID teach about the aforementioned commies
But back then, we were taught they were the bad guys, not heroes.
21 posted on 10/27/2013 9:41:44 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Zinn was an apologist for communist dictators like Fidel Castro, who has brutalized and oppressed the people of Cuba for decades.

Like Zinn, Councilwoman Blackwell defended the Castro regime.

“Castro did not do everything wrong, or he would not have lasted so long,” she said in a statement to CBS.

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Councilwoman Blackwell is a living affirmation of my own personal view that while left-wingers talk as if they were Lenin, they exercise power like Stalin. One can hardly blame them, since Stalinesque rulers(Castro, Kim, etc) tend to long exercise of power - life-long, usually.


22 posted on 10/27/2013 9:48:14 AM PDT by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: windcliff

commie ping....


23 posted on 10/27/2013 9:54:40 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

When Zinn’s crap turned up in our kids’ school in the Puget Sound area, I quit my job at Microsoft and move the family to north Idaho. That was 1998.

It’s far easier to fill in the blanks than it is to counteract blatant falsehood and deception.


24 posted on 10/27/2013 10:00:34 AM PDT by Noumenon (What would Michael Collins do?)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
This is a direct result of the efforts of the KGB.

According to former KGB agent Yuri Bezmanov the Soviets were very busy pushing communist ideology on education leaders in the US and worldwide. The idea was to teach children to hate their country and to pave the way for the Marxist revolution.Howard Zinn was either a "useful idiot" or an outright agent of the KGB.

Yuri Bezmanov Interview

25 posted on 10/27/2013 10:03:14 AM PDT by CtBigPat (Free Republic - The grown-ups table of the internet.)
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To: LS

ping


26 posted on 10/27/2013 10:35:56 AM PDT by matt1234 (Hitler blamed the Jews. Obama blames the Tea Party.)
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To: onedoug

Oh how I hated making copies from that book. Good thing is that the students would never read the material.


27 posted on 10/27/2013 10:36:03 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: CtBigPat

I read somewhere that he was directly paid by Moscow.


28 posted on 10/27/2013 10:37:12 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: Tzimisce

Probably being brought forth in a district that voted 100% for THE FOREIGNER.


29 posted on 10/27/2013 10:48:43 AM PDT by spawn44 (moo)
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To: windcliff

‘Got a sense of that on the field.


30 posted on 10/27/2013 11:00:13 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: onedoug

Thing that is both sad and funny about this is we are all here thinking the very same thing.


31 posted on 10/27/2013 11:13:39 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Senator Cruz basically made the Democrats fight for a whole bunch of things that they already had.")
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Coached SoCal HS baseball three seasons. ‘Kids were really engaged that I was a Vietnam vet. They asked me a heck of a lot of stuff, and I always gave them the most comprehensive answers, from my conservative thought processes, that I could.

There are still a lot of thoughtful kids out there, despite what many say.


32 posted on 10/27/2013 11:46:17 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Determine who designed and paid for the curriculum design, their assocates, and their politcal ideologies and you will find your answer.


33 posted on 10/27/2013 12:11:49 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Cboldt

> if the goal is to teach socialism, why not just teach current events?

Touche...lol


34 posted on 10/27/2013 12:13:22 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: EEGator

I just watched that movie Mugabe and the white farmer.
What an eye opener. Though I had been aware of this, and stop at the website that tracks the violent deaths of white farmers, this movie gave that up close and personal information of the farmers.

It got me thinking, there is no way in the world that the tribal mentality of African nations is ever going change, is it?


35 posted on 10/27/2013 12:24:07 PM PDT by AllAmericanGirl44 ('Hey citizen, what's in YOUR closet?')
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To: AllAmericanGirl44

I certainly think it won’t ever change. I’d love to be proven wrong, but I won’t be holding my breath.


36 posted on 10/27/2013 12:33:07 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

And when they teach it in Philly they will have to teach it in Florida because any child should be able to move from Philly to Florida and pick up where they left off. This is the agenda of Common Core.


37 posted on 10/27/2013 1:08:08 PM PDT by DeWalt (Times are more like they used to be than they are today.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

““Castro did not do everything wrong, or he would not have lasted so long,” she said in a statement to CBS. “

Neither did Hitler - just ask Marge Schott.


38 posted on 10/27/2013 1:08:23 PM PDT by Gil4 (Progressives - Trying to repeal the Law of Supply and Demand since 1848)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Cincinatus’ Wife.

The Rise & fall of Jim Crow (PBS: “Klan..a terrorist organization in service of...Democratic Party”)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3084238/posts

The Two Types of Child Victimization at Government Schools
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3084183/posts


39 posted on 10/27/2013 1:50:32 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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Like Zinn, Councilwoman Blackwell defended the Castro regime. "Castro did not do everything wrong, or he would not have lasted so long," she said in a statement to CBS.
Let me guess -- the dumb b!tch whistles past Castro's monopoly on firepower in Cuban society, while advocating the forced disarming of US citizens in order to establish the same kind of single party police state.


40 posted on 10/27/2013 2:01:48 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: SunkenCiv

The only reason Fidel Castro is alive is because heaven doesn’t want him and hell is afraid he’ll take over.


41 posted on 10/27/2013 2:20:24 PM PDT by Berosus (I wish I had as much faith in God as liberals have in government.)
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To: Berosus

And when he got really sick a few years ago, they had to import doctors from Spain (or fly him to Spain, I’m not sure which) to keep his sorry backside alive.

So much for the vaunted Cuban “medical care”.


42 posted on 10/28/2013 7:55:59 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: DuncanWaring

Quite right, and don’t forget how well Cuban medicare worked for Hugo Chavez.


43 posted on 10/28/2013 12:45:59 PM PDT by Berosus (I wish I had as much faith in God as liberals have in government.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Pretty soon every school will be required to put together a troop of Obama Youth


44 posted on 10/28/2013 12:50:35 PM PDT by GeronL
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