The California Federation of Teachers produced the perfect solution with “Trouble in the Hen House: A Puppet Show.” To spare you the unpleasantness of reading this bilge, here’s the basic plot: a bunch of hens feel “oppressed” by the farmer, so they band together and create Hens United. The angry unionized chickens are too powerful a force for the farmer to handle, so he capitulates to the hens’ demands. Here’s a key excerpt:
Henrietta(the hen): Farmer Brown, we have something to say. This is what we chickens want:
1. More and better food. No mold, no sand in our corn.
2. Freedom to walk around outside and a bigger hen house.
3. Each hen will lay an average of four eggs a week.
4. Stop punishing us. Let Hortensia come back.
Farmer: No way! Who ever heard of chickens telling the farmer what to do? Shut up and get back to the henhouse!
Chickens: No, Farmer Brown, not this time! And besides those things, you have to recognize our union, Hens United, or we'll all stop laying eggs!
Farmer: OK, OK, if I have no eggs to sell, I'll go bankrupt. We'd all starve, so I guess I'll have to do what you say. Since you're all together, what can I do?
Chickens: We won! We stuck together and we won! Si, Se puede.*
With this puppet show, educators now have a way of teaching children how to use mob tactics to get what they want from those in positions of power. This puppet show fits very nicely into a kindergartener’s school day – right after finger painting and just ahead of snack time.
Lest readers are tempted to dismiss this as some wacky lesson plan that never sees the light of day in an actual classroom, consider this story about the 2009 California Federation of Teachers convention, as reported in the May 2009 newsletterof the San Mateo Community College Federation of Teachers:
“…Bill Morgan uses a short puppet show, Trouble in the Hen House, to teach about the strength and value of organizing unions. His students act out a story about hens who organize a union to fight against unfair compensation and poor working conditions. Through this activity, the students learn about becoming activists, organizers, negotiators and problem solvers.”
Just to remind you, the “students” the newsletter is referring to are kindergartners and first graders.
With labor activists starting to propagandize students in kindergarten, they’ll already be brainwashed by the time they learn to actually think critically. Vladamir Lenin is quotedas saying, “Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.”
The scary thing for America’s future is that this is happening this early in children’s lives and little if anything is being done about it.
*Note: “Si, Se puede” is Spanish for “Yes, it is possible,” but is sometimes translated as “Yes, we can.” Where have I heard that before…?
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