Posted on | December 27, 2012 | 14 Comments
“People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.”
— Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790)
“In the hands of a skillful indoctrinator, the average student not only thinks what the indoctrinator wants him to think . . . but is altogether positive that he has arrived at his position by independent intellectual exertion. This man is outraged by the suggestion that he is the flesh-and-blood tribute to the success of his indoctrinators.”
– William F. Buckley Jr., Up From Liberalism (1959)
America spent four decades locked in an eyeball-to-eyeball nuclear standoff with the Soviet Union and, when the Berlin Wall came down, most of us thought that we had “won” the Cold War.
Alas, little noticed by most Americans, intellectual subversives sympathetic to the Soviets had ensconced themselves in academia, making the “long march through the institutions” so that our nation’s children are now indoctrinated with a Marxist worldview. This fact — the Sovietization of American history — is now belatedly apparent to John Hinderaker in Minnesota’s public-school social studies standards:
As you read them, you imagine a senile old man, shuffling around in his pajamas and muttering, “Race, class, gender…race, class, gender.” Everything is about demographic interest groups.
Hinderaker notes the anti-heroic concept of the social studies standards, which slight the great deeds of great men, among them the gallant soldiers of the First Minnesota Infantry Regiment.
Well . . . there are still five A’s in RAAAAACISM, after all. Lessons celebrating the heroism of the First Minnesota would, according to the contemporary view, fail to represent non-white, non-male contributions to society. Why should the daughters of Hmong immigrants, for example, be taught to revere these dead Anglo-Saxon men?
History — excuse me, social studies — is now no longer about the facts of the past, but is rather a form of political propaganda, carefully airbrushed in much the same way that Stalinists removed Leon Trotsky from historic photos of the Russian Revolution.
Those facts which do not fit the political purposes of the indoctrinators are omitted or suppressed, and the lessons are reformulated in keeping with Marxist doctrines of historical materialism, class struggle, imperialism, exploitation, “false consciousness” and so forth.
So . . . why aren’t you home-schooling your children?