Dangers of communism, socialism absent from lesson plans

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
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Bob Kellogg, Jody Brown (OneNewsNow.com)

Marxism symbolA new poll shows more evidence that young Americans are drifting farther left toward undemocratic philosophies.

The survey – commissioned by the nonprofit Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation – reveals that more than one-third of Millennials (36%) view communism favorably, up by eight points from 2018. Also, according to the survey, 70 percent of Millennials indicate they're either "somewhat likely" or "extremely likely" to vote for a socialist candidate.

VOC's executive director, Marion Smith, says those findings – among others – illustrate the "historical amnesia about the dangers of communism and socialism" … and that no one should be surprised by the data.

"When we don't educate our youngest generations about the historical truth of 100 million victims murdered at the hands of communist regimes over the past century, we shouldn't be surprised at their willingness to embrace Marxist ideas," he states.

Campus Reform posted this reaction from Joseph Eklach, vice president of the University of Florida chapter of Turning Point USA:

"Our generation doesn't appreciate freedom because they take it for granted living in the USA. They're in a privileged position only first world nations afford that allows them to advocate for equality. Our colleges fail to teach our generation of the failures of socialism and the successes of capitalism."

college professor teaching classMartin Baker of Project 21, however, is optimistic this trend can be reversed. "I will never believe it is too late," he tells OneNewsNow. "I'm never going to dismiss or discount the belief that there's nothing that can't be undone."

And while he agrees with Smith that much of the blame can be laid at the feet of public education, Baker says instilling American values in children must begin with parents.

"If they feel that the school systems are not teaching their children the lessons that they feel they need to be learned, they have every legal right to pull their child out of that public school district and teach them the way they want to," he argues.

"I'm a definite advocate for charter schools and for homeschooling and all that," Baker adds.

The VOC report also shows 22 percent of Millennials believe "society would be better if all private property was abolished."

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