Friday, March 14, 2008

Educationists: First they demand your tax dollars, then they condemn you for earning them

Jeffrey Tucker over at posted the following article.

Read it and weep for our future as the Rethinking Schools teachers (follow the link below) scheme ways to destroy what remains of our Liberty. These teachers -- who I believe represent the vast majority of public educators -- play out their socialist agenda in an after-school program. An experiment in Marxist social change.

Should those of us who produce value in the private sector apologise to those who live off our toil? According to the teachers at this school, we should. We are in debt to those whose serve the state. This is a theme heard over and over again from almost everyone on the Left (note statements from Clinton and Obama). According to these folks, the private sector is no place for the next generation.

Yes, these folk believe that one most be employed by the state in order to produce anything of value. Our efforts and our products are nothing more than the fruits of our servitude to the evil capital class.

Never answered are these questions: Who will produce in this utopian paradise? Who will be left to pay the taxes?

From Legotown to Communist Utopia
Jeffrey Tucker

A commentator on this blog draws our attention to this piece on the site Rethinking Schools. It is called "Why We Banned Legos." It is indeed an amazing piece of work, a perfect distillation of the romantic attachment that bourgeois educators in a prosperous society have for a communist ideal they have never experienced or seen or, apparently, read about.

In the short version, the teachers allowed the children in an after-school program to build a massive and growing Legotown. As kids will do, they students tended to homestead certain pieces and structures, and then barter them. Eventually resentments over who owns what emerge, and, after some inadvertent destruction of some buildings took place, conflicts arose.

The teachers then used the occasion to teach a lesson straight from old-time communist ideology, bringing the kids around to the view that all structures must be public structures, that nothing can be owned but by groups, and that all structures will be standard sizes.

It is an engaging if very alarming read! I would be curious to know to what extent the kids absorb the "lesson" they were given, or, if their heart of hearts, they really do miss the excitement and beauty of the real Legotown.

In any case, reading this piece, you can understand how it is that Castro's resignation has unleashed
mind-boggling statements about the glories of the society he created, and its "immense achievements in terms of healthcare, poverty reduction and education."


Anonymous said...

I'm glad you said you believe because it is clear you have no evidence to back up your assertion that most educators back this program or anything like it.

It's easy to tarnish people when you believe things and don't produce evidence that your belief has any basis in fact.

Jim Fedako said...

You forget that I served on the board for 6.5 years. I know what most educationist believe -- in Olentangy anyway.

A quick review of the books, magazines, etc., that teachers PAY to read will also prove me right.