William Katz:  Urgent Agenda

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QUOTE OF THE DAY – AT 9:24 A.M. ET:  And it is a superb one, from the great Thomas Sowell.  Sowell, an African-American scholar, is regularly demonized by the black establishment because he won't toe the party line.  He is worried, as many of us are, about what is being taught in schools.  If American parents ever understood how our schools have been taken over by left-wing propagandists, they'd be horrified.  But too few ask.  From Sowell:

...we are seeing schools across America indoctrinating students to believe in all sorts of politically correct notions. The history that is taught in too many of our schools is a history that emphasizes everything that has gone bad, or can be made to look bad, in America -- and that gives little, if any, attention to the great achievements of this country.

If you think that is an exaggeration, get a copy of "A People's History of the United States" by Howard Zinn and read it. As someone who used to read translations of official Communist newspapers in the days of the Soviet Union, I know that those papers' attempts to degrade the United States did not sink quite as low as Howard Zinn's book.

That book has sold millions of copies, poisoning the minds of millions of students in schools and colleges against their own country. But this book is one of many things that enable teachers to think of themselves as "agents of change," without having the slightest accountability for whether that change turns out to be for the better or for the worse -- or, indeed, utterly catastrophic.

This misuse of schools to undermine one's own society is not something confined to the United States or even to our own time. It is common in Western countries for educators, the media and the intelligentsia in general, to single out Western civilization for special condemnation for sins that have been common to the human race, in all parts of the world, for thousands of years.

And this...

In France between the two World Wars, the teachers' union decided that schools should replace patriotism with internationalism and pacifism. Books that told the story of the heroic defense of French soldiers against the German invaders at Verdun in 1916, despite suffering massive casualties, were replaced by books that spoke impartially about the suffering of all soldiers -- both French and German -- at Verdun.

Germany invaded France again in 1940, and this time the world was shocked when the French surrendered after just 6 weeks of fighting -- especially since military experts expected France to win. But two decades of undermining French patriotism and morale had done their work.

American schools today are similarly undermining American society as one unworthy of defending, either domestically or internationally. If there were nuclear attacks on American cities, how long would it take for us to surrender, even if we had nuclear superiority -- but were not as willing to die as our enemies were?

COMMENT:  Please read the whole thing.  It is one of the best columns I've read in recent years.  If we die as a nation – if the America we know dies – it will be because of the corruption of two institutions, our educational system, and our media.  And they feed off each other.

Ronald Reagan was right:  We are always only one generation away from losing our freedoms.  We've been lucky before.  Now we have Obama in the White House, Kerry at State, and probably Hagel at Defense.  How long can our luck last?

January 8, 2012