Who's Teaching What?
In response to the column “Guess Who Wants Big Government” by Andrew Soboeiro (Aug. 11), imagine my surprise when I learned that the article was written by “a rising senior at Pinecrest High School.” I’ll give the author significant points for a well-crafted, articulate, grammatical piece of writing.
What I can’t, indeed won’t, give him is points for having a clue about his subject matter. For example, “Anarchist theories are actually quite viable; cooperatives have been very successful within our society, and could very well function on a large scale.” Is this rising senior ignorant of any ancient or modern history?
Perhaps not. As he wrote, “But unless conservatives can embrace the principles of common ownership and cooperation … [they will be] committed always to big government for the rich and apathy for the poor.”
These ponderous statements and sentiments are from an individual who probably has never voted, had a mortgage or even paid income taxes.
My more serious concern is that his epistle was a result of what he was taught at Pinecrest. If so, someone really needs to examine Pinecrest’s Civics/Social Studies curriculum. The errors and bias are blatant distortions of history and fact, and their interpretations. I can only suspect that whoever was teaching the rising senior is a dedicated socialist. Common ownership indeed. And capitalism be damned.
Is this ideology what we want our students subjected to? Show me a “common ownership” nation and I’ll show you a failed state. Gee, even our pilgrims at Plymouth figured that out.
Michael J. MacDonald
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