Marxist Book on WISD AP Summer Reading List
I need help understanding what the love affair is between school districts and Marxist theory? This ideology plays part and parcel with Common Core and relatively defunct sister curriculum CSCOPE whose Marxist and Communist creators have levied war against young, impressionable American student's minds.
I am sad that Wylie ISD has either capitulated to Marxist curriculum or is just plain ignorant to the history behind assigned work by teachers, but I find the Summer Reading List for AP classes, more particularly Wylie East's list to be of great concern.
It was brought to my attention by a concerned WISD parent that the Wylie East High School AP US History Summer Reading list included a book, A People's History of the United States, written by known, and even self described Marxist Howard Zinn. Make no mistake about this assertion; Zinn has admitted his Marxist views publicly.
In a comprehensive Wiki article on Howard Zinn, it is noted, "Zinn came to believe that the point of view expressed in traditional history books was often limited. Biographer Martin Duberman noted that when he was asked directly if he was a Marxist, Zinn replied, "Yes, I'm something of a Marxist." He especially was influenced by the liberating vision of the young Marx in overcoming alienation, and disliked Marx's later dogmatism. In later life he moved more toward anarchism."
Even the Wall Street Journal has published an article on Zinn's Marxist, anti-American ties in Howard Zinn and the Art of Anti-Americanism.
So why would WISD, or at least the AP US History teacher seemingly be enamored with this anti-American, Marxist sentiment, enough so to assign Zinn's book as summer reading material for AP students?
I don't care how popular the book is among the progressive crowd, it is a book designed to destroy the idea of American exceptionalism with it's slant against capitalism and subversive push of socialist themes. This is not American history, rather it should be taught as the Marxist viewpoint of America. This book smacks of Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals and his hatred of American exceptionalism.
So where is the antithesis of this idea? Where is that assignment? There is a vast difference between free thought and outright indoctrination.
This AP Summer Reading List assignment does not represent Wylie's conservative values, nor true patriotism and love of country, and Howard Zinn's anti-American viewpoint is certainly not the Wylie Way.
Published August 21, 2014