Red-State: Socialism by Sixth-graders
This Week’s Sign the Apocalypse is Upon Us
by Rebekah Maxwell
It’s just after dinner at your house, which means it’s homework time. Your 12-year-old has papers spread across the table, working intently. You ask how the work is going and if they’re stuck on any problems.
“Not really. But do we have any more red markers? I ran out.”
“I can look. What are you doing with them?”
“My communist flag. I need a lot of red.”
Yes, indeed. “Red-state” is gaining a whole new meaning deep in the heart of Texas, where the school curriculum for sixth grade includes lesson plans for do-it-yourself socialist flags:
Notice socialist/communist nations use symbolism on their flags representing various aspects of their economic system. Imagine a new socialist nation is creating a flag and you have been put in charge of creating a flag. Use symbolism to represent aspects of socialism/communism on your flag. What kind of symbolism/colors would you use?
In the Republic of Texas, this is causing something of a dust-up in the Senate Education committee, as they questioned the curriculum:
One witness compared the system to “mind control,” and an algebra teacher wept as he described quitting because he felt he was “aiding and abetting a crime” by using CSCOPE in his classroom.
CSCOPE is an electronic curriculum management system that offers Web-based lesson plans and exams designed to help teachers adhere to state education requirements. It is used in 875 school districts — more than 70 percent of districts statewide — and is supposed to be flexible enough for teachers to alter content to meet their individual needs.
A string of witnesses before the Senate Education Committee criticized the program for promoting liberal values they said are anti-Christian at best and openly socialist at worst.
(As reported in the Star-Telegram.)
Some readers may recall a similar outrage over lessons that portrayed the Boston Tea Party as an act of terrorism. Same Texas curriculum. Incidentally, SCOPE received a reported $25 million in funding last year, Texas.
While Texas Governor Rick Perry has proclaimed his state would not be forced into the controversial Common Core curriculum that the feds are pushing, one has to wonder if the state-alternative is substantively much better.
“It’s built by teachers, designed by teachers and that’s what’s powerful about CSCOPE,” according to the program’s state director.
And that might be the problem. We keep talking about “socialism” like it’s a bad thing…and that’s just archaic. Everyone knows that we’ve evolved beyond the evils of capitalism and meritocracy. Especially teachers.
The subject of socialist ideology flourishing on college campuses is old news. It’s become a given. They’re college kids. They all have a “communist phase;” they’ll grow out of it, and leave the words of their socialist professors behind.
But where do your little angels’ teachers come from? Those same colleges? What will they teach? What they were taught. Who’s teaching the teachers? Hmmm. I’m starting to see a connection here.
I have some suggestions for the next big Socialist Teachers’ conference. Designing flags is a good start, but kids need to know much more about how capitalists are evil rich people who delight in controlling and urinating on the poor oppressed workers.
How about we really empower our students: let’s have a revolution. Have each student label themselves according to their economic class, and enact a “class war”! (Spoiler…it’s not going to go well for the rich kids.) Have each child pick their favorite benevolent revolutionary to champion, like Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, Fidel Castro (or more recent and local examples).
Have them make their own little black books with quotes from Karl Marx. Examples: “religion is the opiate of the masses,” “The theory of Communists may be summed up in a single sentence: Abolition of private property,” “The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism.”
Have the students dedicate their books to Charles Darwin, as Marx intended. And then have students take their newly-crafted socialist flags and plan the best battle strategy to take down the capitalism regime in bloody glory. After recess.