The Merry March of Marxism through Education

In a recent editorial for Fox News, Paul Kengor laments the lack of emphasis being placed by American teachers on the facts about communism throughout history. He claims that public educators have “failed to teach the horrors of the Bolshevik Revolution specifically and of communism generally.” While this is certainly true, it must also be understood that this “failure” is deliberate. Kengor seems to be truly mystified by the lack of truth being taught to students about communism, but as an educator and lecturer himself, he must also be aware of the “planned ignorance” of many teachers to attempt to portray Marxism better than its historical record allows.

In fact, Kengor even alludes to this “education conspiracy” when he writes:

I lecture around the country, sponsored by groups like the Young America’s Foundation and Intercollegiate Studies Institute. I’m often requested to give a talk titled, “Why Communism is Bad.” When I read passages directly from the "Communist Manifesto," or when I cite authoritative sources on the maimed and dead, the students are aghast, eyes wide open. Rarely are their professors in attendance. Those same professors, incidentally, write the textbooks used by high schools.

Note well that last sentence. This is precisely the problem. It is not a “failure” of the academic industry to teach the true history of Marxism and Communism, it is an intentional lack of teaching the “whole story.” For many years, Marxism has been presented as a “wonderful theory” that has been poorly implemented by deluded dictators. However, in recent years, the “deluded dictator” aspect has been discarded and Marxism has been taught as the unquestioned ideal, while capitalism has been routinely demonized as the scourge of western civilization. Kengor briefly hits on the point why this is so: Students who were propagandized by their professors in the sixties and seventies are now the ones writing the textbooks used to teach undergrads. The education revolution has come full circle; propaganda has become “fact.”

Kengor is certainly smart enough to realize that this “failure” has been intentional all along. Like the rest of those in his profession though, he can’t quite bring himself to call “a spade a spade.” He ends his editorial this way:

In short, we now have an entire generation of Americans born after the collapse of the Berlin Wall and USSR. They didn’t live through the mass repression and carnage that was Soviet communism. They need to learn about it, just as my generation learned the evils of Nazism. Unfortunately, they are not. And so, we shouldn’t be surprised when they merrily march to the triumphal sounds of the Bolshevik Revolution.

Indeed we shouldn’t be surprised. Jesus taught his own disciples this very fact, nearly 2000 years ago. “A blind man cannot guide a blind man, can he? Will they not both fall into a pit? A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher” (Luke 6:39-40).

It cannot be denied that students “need to learn” the truth about the blood-stained hands of historical communism, but the public school classroom will most assuredly not be the place where this truth will be learned. The vast majority of public educators (and private educators for that matter) have learned their lessons from what Kengor elsewhere calls “the perverse professor who somehow admires communism.” History will continue to perpetuate itself until, and only until, students begin to receive different lessons. This requires parents to get involved and take charge of what their children are being taught. This may mean leaving the public school system and it most definitely means not paying some Marxist professor thousands of dollars each year to indoctrinate your children with communist untruths. Cursing the problem is the easy part; taking the steps necessary to solve it is the much harder part. Kengor has helped identify the problem, now what are we going to do about it?


  • randykyle

    Excellent! Keep throwing back the tarp on the public mis-edu-manipulation system. The more free Americans know about this affront to their freedoms the fewer children will be subject the the dialectic brainwashing system.

  • MarcJ

    Ninety years of marxism and communism have shown us an unbroken story of terror, utter poverty, and mass murder. It is true that most countries that have lived through those hoorors were liberated by the US with Reagan leading the assault, but there are still living reminders of communist horrors in North Korea, China, Cuba, with Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia following closely behind.
    Teachers unions have fallen into the hands of marxists-communist leaders, and now we have three generations of illiterate nincompoops voting for Mullah Obama, our marxist Muslim President from Kenya.

    • ROMEGAS

      That is why we need to shut down ALL public employee unions, IMMEDIATELY. ALL OF THEM....TEACHERS, FIREMEN, POLICE and all.

      • bigbadude

        i agbree with teachers and unions. they force communisum crap and can not even teach them to read!

    • voterid

      I agree with you totally. Our children are being taught only propaganda and educated by the left leaning teacher unions and finally some parents are waking up having discovered their children can't read or solve a basic math problem. That's why these parents have formed community groups to call school boards on the carpet, firing the teachers and converting the schools back to teaching the basics. We see this happening a lot more than what is actually being reported. But, not nearly enough parents are standing up for their children...and another dumbing down plan seems to be that society has been pushed to be too soft on children by being reluctant to grade a child performance with an "F" grade if necessary, to not allow any one individual to win something, which has turned into "sharing the education (wealth)" with all and none being better than the other. Sound familiar? We started seeing this happen about 15 years or more ago. It's time that the "people" take unions away from all public service workers. Teachers, along with all public employees must be not only judged by their superiors but also by the taxpayers in the community that are being taxed to pay their salaries. It's time we, as a nation, take control of our children's educations and fight for what we want for our country, not what the socialist, communists and Marxists' want to control.

  • Fred

    See the recent movie about public schools called "IndoctiNation" and thank God that film mentions John Dewey who was one of the principles in the efforts to take over the U.S. education system and indoctrinate our young with their communist, socialist, statist, marxist agendas. America has been usurped on many fronts and we have to take them all back one by one. Our public education system needs to be one of the first to be taken back.

  • Henry

    America's "Ignorant Class" over the years has been completely dumed down that they are completely dependent on government. They are necessary so to ultimately shove the "Boot of Marxism" down on the throat of freedoms, liberties, Bill of Rights, and our Constitution. When blood starts flowing in the streets of America it will be too late to go back.
    Some months before obama became President, I saw a YouTube clip of a member of the obama regime state in no uncertain terms that they were planning to ultimately execute 25 to 30 million citizens to provide a "Teachable Moment" to the rest of America. The video was taken down soon thereafter.
    Like Venezuela experienced under the marxist regime of Hugo Chavez, blood will be flowing in the streets. Just a necessary evil for America's marxist regime of obama.

  • bigbadude

    a book called naked communist is a place to start. in 1958 it was stated their goals like homosexuality, stopping prayer, ..... why are the low lifes always aganist Jesus chist and prayer? hitler was stalin was and so is our government!
    John 1
    1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2 The same was in the beginning with God.3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

  • cmdorsey

    We need to start thinking about it when we put our kids on the school bus. Get a mindset that you HAVE to find a way to RESCUE THE POOR CHILDREN. They, in fact, will be the victims of this Satanism.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Peacock/100001241183282 David Peacock

      HOME SCHOOL

      • cmdorsey

        HOME school is the ONLY answer for now until the parents stand up and start taking their schools back. Teacher's union democratic party have raped us all enough. Time to DROP KICK 'EM TO HELL

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Peacock/100001241183282 David Peacock

    NEUTRALIZE ONE ;;;;;;;;;"BILL AYERS". hE BOMBED AND KILLED AMERICANS ;;;;;;;;;;;HE DESERVES THE SAME AND FIX BERNADINE DORN AS WELL.

  • hongryhawg

    Marxism is a product of evil.

  • Sam

    Before I could graduate high school I had to take a class called "Communism vs Americanism". I never forgot it because it was so interesting. In 2008, when I heard obama talking about "fundamental change" and "spreading the wealth around", I instantly knew he was a Marxist. By his name and where he was raised, I guessed that he was a Muslim. This is not a good mix and has proven to be a disaster for our nation. Only a Christian can understand and revere our Constitution and our bible. Many laws in the Constitution came right from the bible. A lot of people don't know this. Obama says our Constitution is "a charter of negative liberties". In other words, he doesn't like that it protect the people from the government. Obama thinks he should be able to do what he wants, like a dictator. We need to push for the schools to teach about communism and the spread of Islam. These are the two greatest threats to America today.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.zimmerman.77 Joe Zimmerman

    Liberal/socialist/communist work overtime to brainwash our youth into their way of thinking, and take the long view of history , they have been working to put ODUMBA in place for over 60 years !!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Peacock/100001241183282 David Peacock

    UNIONS =MARXISM;; DAH

  • http://www.facebook.com/benny.bennett1 Benny Bennett

    It's amazing how theoretically intelligent people are, but still can't keep from trying to rule the world. Those folks over there might want to back up and think about it-the largest standing army is the one guarenteed by the Second Amendment, and it won't be as easy as they seem to think. Oh, yeah, for you 'lefties', that was neither Racist, of radical threatening. It was the lawful comment of a concerned American. If you want to live in that kind of atmosphere, there are plenty of countries that have already failed, and will like your money. Till it runs out, then you become one of the commoners. Shucks. You can't win either way! ha

  • reggiec

    The recognition that the left, in many forms, has made a concerted effort to attack the traditional concepts our country was founded upon; is not recent. It was even added to the Congressional record back in 1963.
    Congressional Record--Appendix, pp. A34-A35
    January 10, 1963 - Current Communist Goals
    Extension of Remarks of Hon. A.S. Herlong, Jr., of Florida - In the House of Representatives
    "Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers' associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
    "Gain control of all student newspapers.
    "Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural, healthy."
    "Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.
    "Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the "common man."
    "Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the "big picture." Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.
    "Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture--education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.
    "Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state."