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Public Schools: Communism in America?

Bernie Sanders has been a radical-left socialist his whole life. He has been pushing his radical-left socialist agenda for over 30 years, both in Vermont and in the U.S. Senate.

He has proposed progressive-income-tax rates of 90% on productive “super-rich” businessmen like Bill Gates of Microsoft and Jeff Bezos of Amazon. These are brilliant entrepreneurs who create tens of thousands of new jobs for Americans, and who enrich our lives with amazing new products and services.

Sanders despises and envies the super-rich. He spits out his hatred of the rich and successful in practically every speech he makes.

Of course, Bernie Sanders also favors government-run public schools. He does so because public schools embody the socialist doctrines he has believed in his whole life, and because the teacher unions notoriously contribute big money to radical-left Democratic candidates.

Public schools fit right in with a radical-left or socialist-government agenda. Radical-left rulers of countries like Cuba, Venezuela, and Communist China must indoctrinate every new generation of children with communist propaganda. The children must be brainwashed at an early age so they become docile and obedient ‘citizens’ of the communist state.

Here are some other striking similarities between communist doctrines and government-run public schools:

In communist Cuba, Soviet Union, China, and Venezuela, the State-owned or totally controlled all property. Here, local governments “own” the public schools. Public schools are public property.

In communist countries, the State forces all citizens to buy food from State-owned stores and to send their children to State-controlled schools. In every state in America, compulsory-attendance laws force parents to send their children to government-owned schools.

All citizens in communist countries are taxed to pay for their State-run schools. In America, all homeowners must pay heavy real-estate taxes to “support” their local schools, whether they have children or not. If a homeowner refuses to pay these taxes, his house will be foreclosed.

Communist-country schools are run by and taught by loyal government employees. In America, teachers and administrators are also government employees, paid, trained, and pensioned through government taxes.

In communist countries such as the former Soviet Union, Cuba, and Venezuela, State control of food supplies created famine for millions of its citizens. In America, 80 years of government-run schools have created illiterates, drop-outs, mind-numbing boredom, and the waste of twelve years of our children’s lives.

In communist countries, it is almost impossible to fire civil-service State employees. In most states in the U.S, it’s also almost impossible to fire tenured teachers.

In communist countries, most workers doing the same job were paid the same salary, regardless of whether they were competent or lazy workers. In America, most teachers’ salaries depend on how long they’ve been teaching, NOT on their competence.

In communist countries, the rich, elite ruling class has estates in the country, while average citizens have to scramble to find food and other basics of survival. In most cities in America,  educrats, union leaders, and administrators get fat salaries, pensions, and benefits, while our children’s’ education suffers, and their middle-class parents struggle to get by.

Still think the comparison too far-fetched?

Albert Shanker, former President of the American Federation of Teachers, once said: “It’s time to admit that public education operates like a planned economy, a bureaucratic system in which everyone’s role is spelled out in advance and there are few incentives for innovation and productivity. It’s no surprise that our school system doesn’t improve. It more resembles the communist economy than our own market economy.”

From the horse’s mouth.

Like all radical-left institutions, our public schools rely on one thing only to stay in power — compulsion. Local governments force parents to send their children to public schools through compulsory attendance laws, then loot parents’ wages with income and real-estate taxes to “support” these schools. Also, government labor laws, such as allowing compulsory union dues and compulsory collective bargaining, give teachers’ unions too much power over our children’s education.

And, as in all communist systems, the inevitable result of our government-run schools is education failure on a massive scale, and/or mass radical-left indoctrination of our children, as in Cuba and Communist China.

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