White Guilt, Common Core, and Howard Zinn

A few miles up the road from my house there is a prestigious private school. The average schlub like myself could not — and now knowing what I know — would not send my children there.

The prestigious Derryfield School “educates” students, grades 6 through 12, and costs in excess of $28,000 per year.

It is said that if you graduate from there, you’ve written your own ticket and have your pick of any of the Ivy League schools. I know this generally to be a fact.

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So for that kind of money, the school must be able to attract the finest teachers in the land, right? That and the heated lacrosse field. I must admit — that is nice.

Well, I suppose it depends on one’s definition of finest. By finest, if you mean a teacher who will mold and shape your young, highly impressionable offspring into a guilty white, self-loathing, American hating liberal, then yes, you’d be correct.

One of Derryfield’s finest is a history teacher, David Pook, a big defender of the Common Core Curriculum.

David believes that American schools need to have nationalized standards so minority students can learn to read as well as white students. Yes, of course David, because students “of color” are naturally too “stupid” to learn without the help of the benevolent federal government. What a racist thing to say!

Pook said recently at a Common Core forum at a local New Hampshire college: “the reasons why I helped write the [Common Core] standards, and the reason why I am here today is that as a white male in society, I’ve been given a lot of privilege that I didn’t earn.”

Boy, they sure are all pushing the latest focus group tested diatribe “White Privilege.” From the president on down, they’ve all received the memo.

So anyway, this guy is a GWL (guilty white liberal). How could that affect his teaching of history? History is what it is. It’s not teachers could “rewrite” it or anything. Right?

Yes they could. Pook hasn’t personally, but the history “textbook” he uses does.

The book is called A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn. It was the book that Matt Damon mentioned in the film Good Will Hunting. “If you want to read a real history book, read Howard Zinn’s ‘A People’s History of the United States.’ That book will knock you on your ass.”

Zinn’s book is required reading in many hallowed halls of academia. Zinn has been aptly described as an anti-American Marxist.

Zinn said of history:

“Objectivity is impossible, and it is also undesirable. That is, if it were possible it would be undesirable, because if you have any kind of social aim, if you think history should serve society in some way; should serve the progress of the human race; should serve justice in some way, then it requires that you make your selection on the basis of what you think will advance causes of humanity.”

Whose cause? What cause? What purpose?

Of Americans in wars throughout history, Zinn claims that the American Revolution, the Civil War, World Wars I and II were all just the result of the “Ruling Class” – rich men wishing only to get richer at the expense of others.

They were certainly not fought to end slavery, or beat back fascism or communism. No, it was all about white privilege.

He called communist China, under Mao’s reign of terror, “the closest thing to a People’s government,” and that “Castro’s Cuba had no bloody record of suppression.”

So I guess when Mao had 60 million of his own citizens slaughtered he was doing “the people’s work”? Do I have that right? And when Castro enlisted Che Guevara and his death squad, that wasn’t bloody suppression?

But what of America and the founders? Zinn’s view: “Forget about all men are created equal, forget about liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, America’s founding can be reduced to the pursuit of exploitation and profit.”

Zinn portrays the American founding as a virtually totalitarian system of oppression. Interestingly, Zinn never felt the need to explain the dichotomy of his view of the founding with the Constitution, guaranteeing “individual rights” and government “balance of powers.” I guess that was all just a smokescreen, a ruse created by the “Ruling Class” to fool the people.

I could go on, describing just how damaging Zinn’s “version” of history is to our children but I think you have the gist of it.

Before spending 30 grand to send little Johnny or Janie off to some “white privilege” guilt-ridden school, do a little research on exactly what you’re purchasing. You may be paying the salary of some hack like David Pook who’s all too eager to turn them into mini Marxists.

Attribution: Daniel J Flynn


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