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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Comment About History From a Scholar

Dr. Thomas Sowell, whose office is in the Hoover Foundation, is one of our country's best scholars and commentators. His words of wisdom are always worth listening to. In a recent article, he said he learned about the role of educators in the Communist takeover of China. Then Dr. Sowell described how Professor John Dewey of Columbia University, about 100 years ago, started peddling the strategy that the role of the teacher should not be a transmitter of society's culture to the young, but should be an agent of change, someone strategically placed, with an opportunity to condition students to want a different kind of society. Now, a century later, we are seeing schools all over America indoctrinating students to believe in all sorts of politically correct notions.

History is taught with little if any attention to the great achievements of our country. A good example is a book called A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn. That book sold millions of copies, poisoning the minds of millions of students in schools and colleges against their own country. That book is one of the many sources that enable teachers to think of themselves as "agents of change" without having the slightest accountability for whether that change is good or even catastrophic. It is common for these so-called educators to single out Western civilization for special condemnation for sins that have been common to the human race in all parts of the world for thousands of years. Meanwhile, all sorts of fictitious virtues are attributed to non-Western societies, and their worst crimes are passed over in silence.

Dr. Sowell says that American schools today are teaching children that American society is unworthy of defending. They are never told about America's greatness and goodness. Thank you, Thomas Sowell, for telling us what we need to know.

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