The Zinn movement (it’s already entrenched in our schools) weighs in on fireworks

july_4_fireworksThey don’t like ’em, naturally.

In Portland, Oregon, where I live, the 4th of July holiday offers an excuse for a wonderful annual blues festival in Waterfront Park downtown. Unfortunately, in my neighborhood, it also provides cover for people to blow off fireworks that terrify young children and animals, and that turn the air thick with smoke and errant projectiles. Last year, the fire department here reported 35 fires sparked by toy missiles, defective firecrackers, and other items of explosive revelry. The Washington State Department of Ecology warns that “Breathing fine particles in fireworks smoke can cause or contribute to serious short- or long-term health problems. They include: Risk of heart attack and stroke. Lung inflammation. Reduced lung function. Asthma-like symptoms. Asthma attacks.”

Apart from the noise pollution, air pollution, and flying debris pollution, there is something profoundly inappropriate about blowing off fireworks at a time when the United States is waging war with real fireworks around the world. To cite just one example, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in London has estimated that since November 2001, U.S. drone attacks have killed at least 2,600 people in five countries, including as many as 247 children. And, of course, the Iraq war, which began with the deadly U.S. fireworks of “shock and awe” bombardment in 2003, has morphed into seemingly endless internecine fighting, and according to the United Nations, the creation of more than a million refugees just this year. The pretend war of celebratory fireworks thus becomes part of a propaganda campaign that inures us—especially the children among us—to current and future wars half a world away.

The author of this tripe – who taught social studies in Oregon for 30 years, influencing how many generations of impressionable children – devotes the rest of his article attacking Washington, Jefferson, America in general and of course, our genocidal extermination of the savages who once inhabited these lands. I’ll repeat: Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States” is taught in our schools,by teachers who have been indoctrinated in Zinn’s avowedly communist ideology. Your tax dollars at work,your children in danger.

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11 responses to “The Zinn movement (it’s already entrenched in our schools) weighs in on fireworks

  1. Cobra

    Me thinks the Zinnster would greatly benefit from insertion of a size XXXXL C-4 suppository. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/6d/Eod2.jpg/1024px-Eod2.jpg

  2. Mavis Davis

    This is the one you want:
    http://www.amazon.com/History-American-People-Paul-Johnson/dp/0060930349

    Once teachers became unionized they were corrupted. At the Jimmy Carter convention they were the largest interest group. Since then education spending has tripled in real terms and outcomes have been diminished.

    Is there anything the Dems can’t ruin?

  3. Anonymous

    Could you please expand. Where is it in the GPS curriculum of CCSS teachings of Howard zinn or his beliefs?

    • Anonymous

      Required text (and was before common core) in AP US History at GHS.

      • Fred2

        OMG.

        I’ve read some mutli-page excerpts from that book, who the hell allowed that crap into a class room? It was obvious shallow BS of the the most jejeune, tendacious as all get out.

        It got made a text book in high school?

    • CatoRenasci

      Zinn’s abysmal book has been the textbook for both AP and honors US history at GHS for probably 20 years. I went around and around with the history faculty about it (I’m ABD in history) when my kids were in high school in the 200-2005 period. A truly pernicious book by a guy who was quite open that he was more about propaganda than historical accuracy.

  4. Milton Friedman

    Howie Zowie, as he was known at BU, was loved by the left, hated by the right. President Silber tried to fire him and earned a “no confidence'” vote from the faculty. I sat in on a class – great showman, but no facts. Was charismatic.

    • Milt is right, but I actually took a class with Ho Chi Minh Zinn. Never before or or thereafter had such a complete blowhard as a Prof. A true Foghorn Leghorn of the Academy.

  5. Krazy Kat

    Saw D’Souza’s “America” in PoCho last night and Zinn is covered prominently, and effectively debunked.

  6. As a Frenchman, I claim foul. The writings of thees Zinn person are foolish and degoutant, and must not be compared wiss tripe, a delicacy in my native country.