Howard Zinn, author of one of the most widely-read history textbooks in our schools (“A People’s History of the United States”), is also a full-bore Socialist who says idiotic Post-Modern pseudo-intellectual claptrap like this:
“Objectivity is impossible,” Zinn once remarked, “and it is also undesirable. That is, if it were possible it would be undesirable, because if you have any kind of a social aim, if you think history should serve society in some way; should serve the progress of the human race; should serve justice in some way, then it requires that you make your selection on the basis of what you think will advance causes of humanity.”
Now there’s a guy I don’t want anywhere near my kids, much less writing books to educate them. They call it “education” for some good reasons, and those reasons do not include anything like “serving justice” or righting social wrongs or filtering curriculum “on the basis of what you think will advance causes of humanity”.
That’s social activism, nothing more and nothing less. Here is the full list of people who are permitted to indoctrinate their kids about social activism (aka “social justice”):
It’s a short list. Please note, teachers are not on it. Neither are textbook writers. Because social activism is not education. Social justice is not education.
Whatever your opinion on social activism in general, using it as a teaching tool in public schools is a blatant overreach and abuse of power for political ends.
But Zinn, and all his social justice cronies in the field of Education (it’s filled with ’em – including close Obama associate Bill Ayers), are obsessed with social justice. They are very, very concerned about teaching children the right way to advance causes of humanity, and turn kids into little social do-gooders, based on their view of what is right. They aren’t all that concerned, as it turns out, about actually teaching your kids anything that doesn’t fall under the social justice banner.
Some parents – like me – don’t view things like Zinn does. Some parents believe in teaching actual history with a balanced view of the U.S. and its past, which is actually pretty darn good, overall. Some parents – like me – think Zinn is a dangerous lunatic and don’t want their kids educated by Zinn’s textbook or any teacher or school board that would approve it in the first place.
Let’s return to Zinn’s book for a minute. He paints a flattering picture of Maoist China, calling it the “first people’s government”, even though Mao caused the death of 100 million Chinese during his Cultural Revolution — which is an odd name, but is definitely catchier than the 100 Million Dead Revolution. A pretty odd way to implement a “people’s government”, as well.
Zinn also admires the murderous Nicaraguan Sandanista communist regime. He likes communists, especially the murderous ones, apparently. Why is this in a textbook about “American” history?
And for a more recent example of being stuck on stupid, he compares 9/11 victims to “innocent” Afghanistan military casualties, believing every sob story about poor Afghani “victims” of military attacks, without engaging the questioning part of his brain and asking if many of these people were actually jihadis dressed in civilian clothing and waging guerilla warfare among civilians, which violates the military code of conduct in every civilized nation on earth, plus several parts of the various Geneva Conventions. Such violations make them illegal enemy combatants, who are traditionally shot on the battlefield upon capture and left for the crows. Which is obviously just like people minding their own business in airplanes and in the World Trade Center on 9/11/2011.
Oh, and then there’s this steaming pile of political crap directly from the textbook itself:
“Around 1776, certain important people in the English colonies made a discovery that would prove enormously useful for the next two hundred years. They found that by creating a nation, a symbol, a legal unity called the United States, they could take over land, profits, and political power from the favorites of the British Empire. In the process, they could hold back a number of potential rebellions and create a consensus of popular support for the rule of a new, privileged leadership.”
Got that? So Maoist China was the first “people’s government” even though Mao killed 100 million Chinese, while America, which based its entire system of government on Liberty as a God-given right, with strict limits on government power to preserve liberty, all explicitly to protect the people, is actually all about abusing power to persecute the people and keep them down, boot-heel on their throats, triumphant. Sure it is.
This is what a crazy person sounds like. Howard Zinn might be a well-known historian and be able to string words together sensibly, but he is also a strident anti-American lunatic. Which is disturbing, since so many school districts around the country adopted his textbook. Why is that? Gosh, I don’t know. But to me, it sure sounds like a steaming pile of Far-Left political b.s. to indoctrinate and anti-Americanize our children, on our dime.
And catch the irony here: while he is quite wrong about the intent of the Founding Fathers in setting up the American style of government, in fact today that very government is abusing power and stealing our freedoms more than ever before, by moving away from the Constitution, and increasingly run by multicultural white-guilt arrogant extremists exactly like Howard Zinn. Oh, the irony. To quote baseball broadcasting legend Mel Allen: how about that!
Again, an avowed socialist writes popular textbooks used in American public schools to indoctrinate rather than educate public schoolchildren, and we pay for it with our tax dollars. Socialism is a political construct, and social justice is just a more innocuous name for it, and none of this has any place in American public schools, even if you happen to agree with Zinn.
And even if you ignore the politics behind this, one fact remains: by focusing on political education instead of real education, it is no wonder that our schoolchildren have fallen behind so badly, compared to other nations around the world. We’ve created, thanks to Howard Zinn, Bill Ayers, and the other prominent voices in Education these last 30-40 years, millions of uninformed young adults who can’t think for themselves and have no true understanding of the world around them. If you wanted to destroy the country from within, it’s hard to think of a better way to do it.