Posted by: Debby Durkee | April 18, 2010

Cultural Marxism in education.

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Cultural Marxism in education.

Chuck Roger addresses head-on what we have discussed in passing here on this blog: cultural Marxism. What is it? Where did it come from? And where is it causing the greatest problems? Of course, it’s in our schools, and we’re seeing the results of its influence right now with our president. Will there be greater problems to come, or will American parents take back the schools once they realize what is really going on inside them? This is from the American Thinker website.

For decades now, American schools corrupted by cultural Marxism have been eroding the moral fiber and judgment skills of schoolchildren…To stop the indoctrination, parents and teachers must understand how cultural Marxism came to permeate school curricula.

In the 1920s and 1930s Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci, who argued that traditional values must be obliterated in order to free “oppressed” social groups, called for eliminating social decorum and glorifying perverse behavior in order to destroy the Western middle class and collapse society from within. Translated into today’s terminology, the plan prescribed the commandeering of news and entertainment media, religious and financial institutions, organized labor, health care, and education.

Gramsci’s cultural Marxism began to reach throughout society when Frankfurt University’s Institute for Marxism — renamed the Institute for Social Research and informally called the Frankfurt School — fled Nazi Germany, took up temporary residence at Columbia University in 1933, and then, during World War II, began using Gramsci-derived “critical theory” to “deconstruct” American society. German-born philosopher-writer Herbert Marcuse and other Marxists carried cultural Marxism beyond Columbia, and progressives adopted the disease as a weapon of “change” to be deployed within the education system.

… The Frankfurt School’s specialty was political correctness. The goal was to control social discourse on culture, politics, and economics and hush debate over middle-class moral decay. A critical tactic dictated by political correctness — demonizing people who question progressive wisdom — is illustrated by today’s Democrats and media calling tea-partiers racists and extremists for wanting to shrink government. The same kind of one-sided thought control renders schoolchildren captive to left-wing agendas.

In the mid-1950s, Marcuse drove political correctness to new depths, proclaiming it unacceptable to criticize any manner of sexual behavior. Marcuse’s Eros and Civilization urged people to engage in “perversions” to soften the sting of capitalism’s alleged enslavement. The new and improved political correctness became a darling of progressive education schools, rounded out the arsenal aimed at mainstream America, and ushered in early-childhood sex education that facilitates premature and unhealthy sexual experimentation.

Since the 1960s, Gramsci’s ghost has been creeping throughout education schools on the backs of the rabid academic herd. A list of ideological progeny reads like a “Who’s Who” of collectivist ideologues: Pentagon bomber William Ayers, anti-homework and anti-competition preacher Alfie Kohn, America-hater Noam Chomsky, communist Van Jones, and progressive Bible-thumper George Lakoff, to name a few. Education, social studies, and literature curricula burst with gibberish on social, environmental, and climate justice as well as multiculturalism, diversity, moral relativism, and moral equivalence — all derived in some way from cultural Marxism.

Regarding “critical theory,” boiled down to its essence, critical theory means to criticize everything. Everything that has been traditional, every person who disagrees, every idea that promotes conservative, traditional American values must always be criticized, attacked and turned on its head. In education that has meant criticizing “Dead White Guys” or Christopher Columbus or laying the guilt on Americans because of slavery or the plight of the Native Americans. Instead of teaching American history and a certain reverence for the country that has provided the greatest leap forward for humanity, now our history books make children feel guilty, and instead of pride, instill a sense of embarrassment for being an American. As we have seen with the fights over the school books in Texas recently, many Americans are finally waking up as to what passes for education today, and are starting to make loud noises. Parents must become vocal in their schools, otherwise there will be no alternative but to home school. Or to at least make sure you, as a parent, take it upon yourself to instill the pride of country and to teach its glorious history to your children as well as instilling in your children a sense of morality much lacking in our schools today. Much more at the link. Please read it all here:  http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/04/cultural_marxism_in_education_1.html

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