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Philadelphia Teacher Turned Citizen Mission into a Joke

rblack sr. Wrote: Oct 11, 2012 11:04 AM
Schools are no longer institutes of learning, they are indoctrination centers for the Progressive Socialists. I have a son in third grade and I closely monitor what he is being taught. When, not if, they start teaching him socialistic principles, then I will make my stand against them. I'm not above violently insisting on my son's educational rights to a nonpolitical education. I will of course engage in dialouge firstly and mostly. But if that does not work then I will enforce his rights thru coercion for that seems to be what the Left understand s the best. They have this attitude that we will not go to such lengths to insure that our children do not become pawns for their agenda. They are wrong and will see that from me.
ardenlester00 Wrote: Oct 11, 2012 12:27 PM
I am sincere and caring in this question! What is "socialistic principles"? Can you give me examples, please. I am a writer of many, many school books (years ago). They were "socratic-type" (leading questions, not questions with definite answers). I always felt they led the students into discovering themselves - AND thus, their role(s) in the world.

How does this differ from the political term - "socialsitic principles"? (Anybody?)

Dennis Hooker http://dennishooker.com
ardenlester00 Wrote: Oct 11, 2012 12:36 PM
I'll answer my own question: From a Google Search - "Principles of Socialism

True socialists advocate a completely classless society, where the government controls all means of production and distribution of goods. Socialists believe this control is necessary to eliminate competition among the people and put everyone on a level playing field. Socialism is also characterized by the absence of private property. The idea is that if everyone works, everyone will reap the same benefits and prosper equally. Therefore, everyone receives equal earnings, medical care and other necessities.

Socialism is difficult to define because it has so many incarnations. One of the things socialists agree on is that capitalism causes oppression.
rblack sr. Wrote: Oct 11, 2012 3:26 PM
So does Statism of any stripe. its authortarian approach to social engineering the people ignore the nature of man.One cannot be possess of soverignty under that kind of system. It is inherent of man to look to oneself first and foremost among the many.He will instinctively care more about himself and his before others. It's called the survival instinct. Competition is good at weeding out the nonhackers of the world so that the human race can move forward with its evolution of the species.While capitalism may cause economic opporession, Socialism causes oppression by its mere implementation to equalize the masses. No two people are the same. Fact of nature.
LtScrounge Wrote: Oct 11, 2012 4:31 PM
Just because socialists agree that capitalism causes oppression, doesn't mean that they are correct.

Which is more oppressive, to tell a man that no matter how hard he works, how talented he may be, that he will never have any more than the least qualified slothful individual in the group, or to tell a man that his desires for more can be attained through hard work, and diligent application of his God given talents?
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“Providing all students with the academic, technological & social skills needed to be productive & contributing citizens in our society.”

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