Weekend reading guaranteed to make you smarter

Routine visitors to Seeing Red AZ are familiar with the ongoing post titled “Weekend reading guaranteed to make you smarter.”

It’s been awhile since we last brought you the wisdom contained in the commentaries of established conservative columnists.  Today, there is a stand-out by one of our favorites, the brilliant Dr. Thomas Sowell

In “The Role of Educators,” Sowell explores the misuse of schools and the expanded role undertaken by many educators in creating a mindset that undermines American society.  This compelling article is a must read for parents, grandparents or anyone concerned about the future of this great country, and the lack of the concept of American exceptionalism instilled in our children.

Sowell writes: “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.”

Do yourself a favor and read this brief but instructive commentary. You’ll be glad you did. Knowledge is power.

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12 Responses to Weekend reading guaranteed to make you smarter

  1. Orion says:

    Dr. Sowell is correct in his assessment of the unionized education establishment and its commitment to undermining America. I’ve sent a link to this post to my sister, a rare teacher who has fought against the left-wing union activists in California where she lives. There the pressure is so great that it has driven some conservative educators out of the field. They are actually shunned by their co-workers (even in the teacher’s lounge and lunchroom) if they aren’t compliant with the agenda.

  2. Frankly Speaking says:

    Historical revisionism is a big part of the educrats plan as is undercutting our superiority by virtue of the US founding documents. Liberty and self-determination do not play well with Marxist ideologues. Witness Barack Hussein Obama for a quick course in bowing to tyrannical dictators and Muslim royals while bypassing our own Constitution to implement dictates by “executive orders and use of governmental “czars.”

    • eubykdisop says:

      Quite true, Frankly Speaking, but there’s a “new” twist. Marxism is no longer an end in itself but rather a means to another end, the “New World Order”. The principal value of leftist activity is that it serves to destroy a constitutional United States, a prerequisite for implementation of the “New World Order”.

      If Liberals, leftists and Marxists are really the primary threat, where are they getting all of the money to implement their agenda? The one thing which Communists have always lacked was sufficient funds to carry out their plans. Now, somehow, it seems that they have the money they previously lacked. Where did that money come from?

  3. eubykdisop says:

    Dr. Sowell speaks about Howard Zinn’s book, “A People’s History of The United States”, and the manner in which it negatively portrays The United States of America. What was the motive for Zinn to write such a book? Where was he trying to lead people?

    “Just and Unjust Wars”

    “Howard Zinn, 1991″

    “People know that the planet is in danger, and that is far more serious than getting Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait ever was. Far more serious.”

    “We should have decided, people all over the world, that we’re going to use our energy and our resources to create a new world order, but not his new world order, not the new world order of war, but a new world order in which people help one another, in which we divide the enormous wealth of the world in humane and rational ways.”

    http://www.dartmouth.edu/~engl5vr/Zinn.html

    In attacking The United States, Zinn was seeking to lay the foundations for the “New World Order”. As I have said before, in order for the “New World Order” to come into being, first the United States, as we have known it, must be done away with. In writing “A People’s History of The United States”, Zinn was doing his part to bring about the “New World Order” by seeking to bring down The United States in people’s minds.

    In 1994, Zinn also made an audio tape and a video tape titled, “Free Enterprise in the New World Order”.

    If you want to find the truth, you have to research motives!

    • Westnash says:

      I don’t believe Zinn is given much credence today with serious historians. Dr. Sowell has long made this case and I would think that most SRA agree with him, but have great doubts that the establishment Republican Party, and certainly the Democrat Party will do anything to change the situation.

      So long as the Republicans insist on all education control to be at local level (which is crazy in an international economy) huge amounts of education money will be needed and wasted on duplications. Maricopa County is a case in point on excessive education spending caused entirely by each district duplicating the other in administration and each insisting on control of textbook purchase which means a course in 20 different schools has different textbooks, which causes excess prices to be paid.

      With the advances in internet based learning, education costs should come down drastically….but like medicine, it does not happen.

  4. eubykdisop says:

    Let’s debunk the Liberal propaganda in the comment above by Westnash.

    First, Westnash writes this: “I don’t believe Zinn is given much credence today with serious historians.”

    That is the old Liberal tactic of raising a false issue. It’s irreleveant. The REAL issue is whether or not Zinn’s Liberal ideas are being disseminated in our educational institutions. Yes, they are!

    “December 18, 2012″

    “The left cannot get enough of the late Howard Zinn. The radical professor’s A People’s History of the United States consistently holds a place in the top 15 of the 100 bestselling political books on Amazon’s “blue,” liberal side. The million mark in sales has long been passed, an outstanding figure for a work of history.”

    “Healthy sales can be attributed in large part to the use of the book as a textbook in high school and college. Generally, 20 to 30 percent of students in my freshman composition classes say they have read Howard Zinn in high school. Students now have eNotes to explain Zinn. There is a teaching edition geared for college teachers, and at least one for high school teachers, especially those teaching Advanced Placement history.”

    “Furthermore, an entire spin-off industry has developed for adapting Zinn’s version of history for the lower grades. Publisher Seven Stories claims that Zinn’s A Young People’s History, for ages 10 and up, is their best-selling backlist title.”

    http://www.mindingthecampus.com/originals/2012/12/howard_zinn_in_the_college_cla.html

    Next, Westnash writes: “So long as the Republicans insist on all education control to be at local level (which is crazy in an international economy)…”

    Notice two things in this comment. First, Westnash manages, yet once again, to portray the Republican position as “crazy”. He then goes on to cite the “international economy” as the reason why the Republican position is crazy. The United States is not “international”. It is the sovereign United States of America. Congratulations, folks, you’ve just witnessed a “One World”, “New World Order” Liberal at work!

    Westnash then writes: “…huge amounts of education money will be needed and wasted on duplications.”

    This is a simply a disingenuous attempt to elicit a knee jerk response from Conservatives based upon our principled support for fiscal sanity. But let’s look at what Westnash is REALLY saying here. What he’s saying is that money spent to keep education control at the local level is money wasted. Wrong! THAT is money well spent!

    What is the alternative offered by Westnash? “…each insisting on control of textbook purchase which means a course in 20 different schools has different textbooks…” The alternative being offered by Westnash is centrally controlled, imposed uniformity by those at other than the “local level”. That, folks, is call “big government”.

    Finally, Westnash writes: “With the advances in internet based learning, education costs should come down drastically…” That’s an interesting hypothesis but, as usual, Westnash offers us not one shred of evidence in support of his hypothesis.

  5. Westnash says:

    Euby is truly seeking to run for King of Barstool Mountain! All he can do is make wild claims against another poster, SRA hopefully see’s this.

    • eubykdisop says:

      Let’s analyze this latest comment by Westnash, shall we?

      As usual, Westnash starts off by hurling insults: “Euby is truly seeking to run for King of Barstool Mountain!” There’s nothing at all of substance in that statement. It’s merely an application of Rule #5 from the book of radical leftist Saul Alinsky, “Rules for Radicals”:

      “Rule #5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage.”

      So the above response by Westnash simply serves to further prove that he is, in fact, a Liberal following the Liberal playbook, in this case that of Saul Alinsky, to the letter.

      Next, Westnash writes: “All he can do is make wild claims against another poster…”

      This is just yet another tired old Liberal tactic: whatever you are doing, accuse your opponent of doing it!

      I have made a factual case, including citing references, whereas Westnash hasn’t offered a single shred of objective data for any part of his arguments or statements. You’ll notice that Westnash never offers any factual evidence for his statements in this blog, ever. That’s because what he is offering up is propaganda and propaganda can never be supported by facts.

      This is an excellent object lesson in how Liberal propagandists work. When confronted with facts refuting their false and disingenuous statements, their response is, almost invariably, to apply Saul Alinsky’s Rule #5; ridicule. That, of course, doesn’t refute anything.

  6. Westnash says:

    I admit to never reading Saul Alinsky, Euby, or Joe McCarthy. So you do actually know more about both of them than I do. But I will put my other historical readings against your’s any day of the week. You would have been a great leader of the Know-Nothings!

    Any insults I hurled were based on reply to your previous post.

    • eubykdisop says:

      Let’s analyze this most recent comment by Westnash.

      As usual, we have the application of Saul Alinsky’s Rule #5: “You would have been a great leader of the Know-Nothings!” There is nothing of substance in this statement, it’s simply ridicule.

      “Rule #5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage.” – Saul Alinsky, “Rules for Radicals”

      So Westnash is staying the course and continuing to follow Alinsky’s radical leftist playbook like a good Liberal propagandist.

      In my post above, I wrote this: “This is just yet another tired old Liberal tactic: whatever you are doing, accuse your opponent of doing it!” And what do we have from Westnash?:

      “Any insults I hurled were based on reply to your previous post.”

      Like all Liberals, Westnash avoids taking responsibility for his actions at all costs. Liberals always have to blame someone else for their actions. This is the same thing they do when they attribute criminal actions to the evils and shortcomings of society. “It’s not the criminal’s fault, he came from a broken home and was raised in poverty!”

      You will also notice how Westnash has sought to take things away from the issue at hand. Let’s remind ourselves what Westnash got his shorts in a knot about:

      “December 18, 2012″

      “The left cannot get enough of the late Howard Zinn. The radical professor’s A People’s History of the United States consistently holds a place in the top 15 of the 100 bestselling political books on Amazon’s “blue,” liberal side. The million mark in sales has long been passed, an outstanding figure for a work of history.”

      “Healthy sales can be attributed in large part to the use of the book as a textbook in high school and college. Generally, 20 to 30 percent of students in my freshman composition classes say they have read Howard Zinn in high school. Students now have eNotes to explain Zinn. There is a teaching edition geared for college teachers, and at least one for high school teachers, especially those teaching Advanced Placement history.”

      “Furthermore, an entire spin-off industry has developed for adapting Zinn’s version of history for the lower grades. Publisher Seven Stories claims that Zinn’s A Young People’s History, for ages 10 and up, is their best-selling backlist title.”

      http://www.mindingthecampus.com/originals/2012/12/howard_zinn_in_the_college_cla.html

  7. Westnash says:

    I like Sowell but for many here who don’t know, he is very much on the Libertarian side of the fence, as is Walter Williams. I agree with most of his writings.

    • eubykdisop says:

      …AND you think that Republicans are “crazy”.

      Westnash wrote: “So long as the Republicans insist on all education control to be at local level (which is crazy in an international economy)…”

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