Philadelphia city council approves resolution to teach socialism in high schools

ZINNThe Philadelphia City Council has approved a resolution that calls for socialism to be taught in public high schools.

The resolution requires that socialist historian Howard Zinn’s book “A People’s History of the United States” be part of the high school U.S. history curriculum, as reported by The Daily Caller.

According to Discover The Network, Zinn was a Marxist and a member of the Communist Party. The group says his book is a “Marxist tract that describes America as a predatory and repressive capitalist state — sexist, racist, imperialist — that is run by a corporate ruling class for the benefit of the rich.”

“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,” The Daily Caller’s Robby Soave wrote.

Conservative blogger Michelle Malkin highlighted a review of Zinn’s book by Dan Flynn a few years back that said, in part:

Zinn utters perhaps the most honest words of A People’s History of the United States in the conclusion of the book’s 1995 edition, conceding that his work is “a biased account.”

“I am not troubled by that,” he adds, “because the mountain of history books under which we all stand leans so heavily in the other direction—so tremblingly respectful of states and statesmen and so disrespectful, by inattention, to people’s movements—that we need some counterforce to avoid being crushed into submission.”

Or, in other words, as Flynn stated, two wrongs make a right.

Soave pointed out that city council members Jim Kenny and Jannie Blackwell supported the resolution, believing “Zinn’s far-left socialist vision of American history is currently missing from high school textbooks.”

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

Zinn was an apologist for communist dictators like Fidel Castro, who has a long history of oppressing the people of Cuba, The Daily Caller reported.

Not surprisingly, 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.

For this to be happening in Philadelphia, of all places, the city of origin for the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, is an indication of just how far we have devolved as a society — our Founding Fathers have to be rolling over in their graves.

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7 thoughts on “Philadelphia city council approves resolution to teach socialism in high schools

  1. Brandon Johns says:

    Welcome to Obama’s America.

  2. momoseven says:

    Wow! What a lot of rot being touted by leftwing fanatics on a city council, as proper educational material! I hope they just definitively earned their own dismissal come their next election.

  3. Neal Martin says:

    What insanity has taken over our nation and brought us to this point. Too many people are stumbling unknowingly through life ready to give up their faith and their honor and follow a tyrant to get something for nothing. They have been mislead and lied to for 5 years and are still certain their ship will come in. Wake up folks, the man you are depending on has not told the truth in at least the past 5 years, he is a criminal and does not qualify to serve as president, and he is doing everything humanly possible to destroy America.

  4. quinng13 says:

    They are slowly strangling any dissent, and are weeding out any voices in education that are contrary to their own. My wife and I moved from Arkansas to New York State to be near her family. We both have over a decade of teaching experience, yet we cannot even get an interview here. We both attended a Christian college; is that a coincidence? I don’t think so.

  5. fanciladi says:

    May God save our country from this poison!

  6. davidr58 says:

    Americans need to start doing and standing up for America, not sitting, talking, and crying about it. This is our America and it’s a FREE America not a socialist state. If you want to live in a socialist state then get the HELL out of Free America.

  7. Austerlitz says:

    Have you even read the book? Because, I have, and it certainly didn’t seem like a “socialist tract” to me. Possibly a little more left wing than most of what’s taught, but surely that’s the point. to introduce a little more balance into our education system

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