The city council has approved a resolution that calls for radical historian Howard Zinn's A People’s History of the United States to be taught in the city's schools.The resolution was supported by Jim Kenny and Jannie Blackwell. These two morons believe that "Philadelphia students need formal instruction in recognizing privilege and inequality," and in
the need for students to be taught an unvarnished, honest version of U.S. history that empowers students to differentiate between moments that have truly made our country great versus those that established systemic inequality, privilege, and prejudice which continue to reinforce modern society’s most difficult issues.
I'm curious -- if Former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels' opposition to using the book in schools was so "controversial," then why isn't mandating the book's use also so?
Ms. Blackwell apparently is a supporter of former long-time Cuban dictator Fidel Castro: “Castro did not do everything wrong, or he would not have lasted so long,” she said in a statement to CBS. Yeah, like, uh, he would have been voted out of office, y'know??
Then there's Will "Panties In A" Bunch who chimes in with his support:
A lot of conservatives are frothing at the mouth today over the Zinn conversation because -- regardless of what they say -- thousands of young Philadelphians thinking critically is the last thing they want.
Riiiiight. Perhaps Bunch oughta put more effort into clamoring for something that will make "thousands of young Philadelphians" think period, considering what a disaster that district is.
Bunch notes about Zinn that he "retells the last 500 years -- the book starts with an epic and harshly critical look at Christopher Columbus ..." Indeed. If Bunch is so worried that "standard" history omits so many things, he ought to be aware that Zinn does precisely that in his own version of events. Way back in 2005, when Colossus of Rhodey was still a fledgling blog, I noted how Zinn was quite selective about historical events:
In the article, of course, Zinn blasts Columbus and the West in general. What I found most interesting was Zinn's inclusion of Bartolome de las Casas, the Dominican priest, as the "hero" for speaking out against Spanish atrocities inflicted on the Natives (Indians). Of course, including that de las Casas advocated the importation of black slaves from Africa would have put a monkey wrench into Zinn's proselytizing. Even a high school history text, A History of World Societies, notes that de las Casas recommended black slavery because "the Church did not strictly forbid it, and he thought blacks could better survive South American conditions." My prof. indicated she had no idea about this when I brought it up in a "thought paper." She commented that this was "interesting."
No wonder Bunch is a fan. "Selectivity" is only significant if the other side does it. I mean, Bunch notes notes how he "was a bland center-left voters and a pretty "balanced" journalist in the '90s" ... that is, until the Iraq War, the Patriot Act, etc. He says, "Reading Zinn helped me understand what went wrong, and how everyday people could fight to get things right." Of course, you won't ever read from Bunch how Zinn "helped him understand" the Boss Obama administration and its misdeeds. Y'know, things like using the IRS as a political weapon, upping the ante on Bush era surveillance tactics to the Nth degree, drone warfare, health care ineptitude ... and much more. Leftists approve of such, because it helps to do away with their [political] enemies. I mean, just look again at how Jannie Blackwell admires Fidel Castro.
'Nuff said.Posted by Hube at October 28, 2013 04:00 PM | TrackBack