How the Left Wants to Reform Public Education

By:  Sam Blumenfeld
05/11/2012
       
How the Left Wants to Reform Public Education

The tragedy of America is that God has been taken out of its education system, and without God there is nothing there but nihilism. The goal of "progressives" like Henry A. Giroux is to corrupt students with ideas of social perfectibility that require the destruction of the most productive economic system in history and the rejection of God, the true source of our rights and our freedoms.  

The tragedy of America is that God has been taken out of its education system, and without God there is nothing there but nihilism. The goal of "progressives" like Henry A. Giroux is to corrupt students with ideas of social perfectibility that require the destruction of the most productive economic system in history and the rejection of God, the true source of our rights and our freedoms.  

Henry A. Giroux is probably the left’s most articulate spokesman for the kind of public school reform that would appeal to a diehard Marxist. He talks a great deal about “democracy” and “critical thinking” without making it plain what he actually means. You simply have to read between the lines. He doesn’t come out and say that he wants a communist America or an America resembling Castro’s Cuba. He simply uses the new vocabulary of the Left which is specifically designed to camouflage what they actually want: a dictatorship of the Left. For example, he writes in his new book, Education and the Crisis of Public Values, (p. xi):

Many Americans are once again invoking democracy, rejecting its association with the empty formality of voting and its disingenuous use to legitimate and justify political systems that produce massive wealth and income inequality. . . .

If real reform is going to happen, it has to put in place a viable, critical, formative culture that supports notions of social and engaged citizenship, civic courage, public values, dissent, democratic modes of governing, and a genuine belief in freedom, equality, and Justice.

These are the kinds of words and ideas bandied about by the Left without ever attempting to explain what they mean in terms of political reality. That he wants some sort of socialism is apparent in his attacks on the market economy, aka capitalism, and the securities market which he calls casino capitalism. He writes in his Preface (p. x):

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