Marx and Education
This is part 3 in a series exploring how so many Americans came to be indoctrinated and who got us to the point we are at today. Today we explore a professor, who beginning in the 1970's sat right at the center of corrupting what came to be known as "the official curriculum." Her name was Jean Anyon and she wrote the book which is the title of this expose. I'm less concerned with the book than with the more serious damage that Anyon did in the classroom.
Anyon promoted a form of dumbed-down brand of Marxist ideology in her classroom rather than a traditional approach to attainining knowledge. One of her main principles: "capitalism's private ownership of production is distinct from a socialist/communist system as imagined by Marx, in which everyone contrivutes to the production of economic goods according to their ability and is provided profits and goods according to what each person needs." In her 2011 book Marx and education, she wrote "An important insight of Marx was that Capitalism is an economic system that cannot function without fundamental inequality - meaning that inequality is built into the way the system works." Any rational person can see the contradiction there. The free enterprise system has allowed so many to overcome inequalities, as is proven by all those who want to immigrate (legally & illegally) to the US.
her most egregious act and the one most relevant to what we witnessed in 2020 was her call to action. She wrote: "In order to develop a sense of themselves as change agents, as active political players, youth also need opportunities to engage in such activity. Engagement itself, then, is a necessary part of taking up further engagements. Like riding a bike, one has to do it to learn it. There is an additional, very important reason that people become active, and that is that they are part of organizations or networks that are already active."
Think of all the students not in class during the pandemic shutdown of 2020. Think of the prominent organizations - antifa and BLM. Remember all that rioting and widespread violence. Think of the Blue city officials who were aiding the mob.
I don't mind having a Marxist teach history. There should also be a Capitalist teaching history. There should be real diversity of thought at our universities. Unfortunately there is none.
How many young minds did Anyon poison with this evil ideology?