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Children are uniquely malleable beings, readily convinced of magically colorful tales – Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy are the first that come to mind. This innocence is beautiful, but it is a quality that can easily fall victim to radically foreign ideas if taught consistently and pervasively at an early age. One need only look at the birth of fascism or socialism to see a recipe for how radical ideas become ubiquitous among a nation’s youth.
Enter Howard Zinn – an author, professor and American historian – who, with the help of Hollywood and the History Channel, intends to change the way our pre-K through high school children learn American history. His current curriculum suggestions, like introducing three-year-olds to the lynching of African-Americans, or quizzing seven-year-olds on which Presidents owned slaves, should be a red flag to parents.
Zinn has spent a lifetime teaching college students about the evils of capitalism, the promise of Marxism, and his version of American history – a history that has, in his view, been kept from students. His controversial 1980-book The People’s History of the United States paints traditional American history as a façade – one that has grotesquely immortalized flawed leaders and is based on principles that victimize the common man. In 2004, Zinn wrote a companion book entitled Voices Of A People’s History Of The United States, which includes speeches and writings from many of the people featured in The People’s History.
Originally posted by Doc Velocity
You may have noticed Matt Damon lately hawking The People Speak, an upcoming "educational" special on the History Channel... I'm going to do something unusual for me and advise you not to watch it. Not only that, I'm going to write to the History Channel and tell them I'm boycotting them...
Originally posted by pieman
american children being taught facts and idea's and being allowed to view things from different perspectives!!! what the hell are they thinking? the facade of ignorance and reactionary rhetoric required for the functioning of the system is a fragile thing, these ideas of fraternity, equality and democracy are clearly dangerous.
Originally posted by JohnPhoenix
I agree that school kids should be taught that some presidents had slaves. Perhaps not at a very young age, but when they are old enough to start learning what racism is, that is the time.
You know.. there are some adult today that don't believe the presidents had slaves. I say, if it's a fact, and can be proven, teach it.
Democracy is not a spectator sport. Using dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries and speeches of everyday Americans, THE PEOPLE SPEAK gives voice to those who spoke up for social change throughout U.S. history, forging a nation from the bottom up with their insistence on equality and justice. Narrated by Howard Zinn and based on his best-selling books, A People's History of the United States and Voices of a People's History of the United States, THE PEOPLE SPEAK illustrates the relevance of these passionate historical moments to our society today and reminds us never to take liberty for granted