Millennials favor socialism because of education | Letters to the Editor

Two polls, one in Canada and one in the US, found that millennials tend to have a positive view of socialism and socialist policies, with the US poll showing that 70% of millennials say they are likely to vote for a socialist candidate.

If these results surprise you, you may not have been paying enough attention in school. This point of view is the direct result of half a century of Marxist-inspired history and humanities courses.

In the early 1960s, educational policy debates focused primarily on classroom methods. Progressive educators have sought to develop more “cooperative learning experiences” and “student-centered” schools.

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In the late 1960s, education became much more political. Teachers’ unions became more partisan and aligned with the more radical political parties. Teachers earned graduate degrees from progressive colleges of education, qualifying them for significant salary increases and influential positions in the educational institution.

By the late 1970s, teaching had shifted from a low-paying but prestigious “vocation” to a well-paying “revolutionary mission” and manipulating the lessons of history became a common strategy for ideologically driven educators. Traditional narratives of North American colonies advancing toward free, open, and democratic nations have been dismissed as patently absurd. Patriotic feelings were carried away by radical politics.

In a 2015 speech, a former Republican senator asked the audience, “Did you know that the most popular textbook taught in our American high schools is written by a man named Howard Zinn, who is an anti-American Marxist, and this is the most common manual? »

Over the years, progressives have produced millions of so-called “critical thinkers” who have become blind opponents of democratic capitalism and Western civilization. Among well-educated young people, our history has become a shameful record of heartless oppression and moral inferiority.

So what would you expect? If he looks like a duck and sounds like a duck, you know the rest.

Jack Townsend

Inverness