Kyle Olson

The Connecticut Senate is considering a bill which would require all government school students to learn “labor history” as a part of the curriculum. The bill would add language to existing law which stipulates the types of subjects schools shall teach.

Currently, the law requires students to learn information about these histories:

• the historical events surrounding the Great Famine in Ireland;

• African-American history;

• Puerto Rican history;

• Native American history

Strangely, “American” history is missing from the list. But if the Connecticut Democrats get their way, students will be learning more about the virtues of Jimmy Hoffa than of George Washington; of Andy Stern than of Abraham Lincoln.

The bill would insert the requirement in two parts of existing law. The other lists several subjects which students shall learn, including:

• the arts

• career education

• consumer education

• health and safety, including, but not limited to,

o human growth and development

o nutrition

o first aid

o disease prevention

o community and consumer health

o physical, mental and emotional health, including:

~ youth suicide prevention

~ substance abuse prevention

~ safety, which may include

• the dangers of gang membership, and

• accident prevention

• language arts, including reading, writing, grammar, speaking and spelling

• mathematics

• physical education

• science

• social studies, including, but not limited to, citizenship, economics, geography, government and history

Lawmakers clearly haven’t updated the law to require students learn about “technology” but they want students to learn about the virtues of Big Labor. How comforting. It shows where their priorities lie.

Kyle Olson

Kyle is founder of Education Action Group and, a news service dedicated to education reform and school spending research, reporting, analysis and commentary.

He is co-author of Glenn Beck’s “Conform: Exposing the Truth About Common Core and Public Education,” available at

Kyle is a contributor to

He has made appearances on the Fox News Channel, The Blaze, Fox Business Network, NPR and MSNBC. Kyle has given scores of interviews on talk radio programs coast to coast.

Kyle likes talking about his family, as well as his favorite music. Bob Dylan, Mark Knopfler, Neil Young and Johnny Cash are at the top of the list. He has attended 25 Bob Dylan shows.

Kyle can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.