In her new book, Don’t Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid, Marybeth Hicks carefully documents the Left’s march through our nation’s foundational institutions, selling its “Kool-Aid” to our children. Marybeth defines that “Kool-Aid” as statism that incrementally attacks the “three-legged stool on which our nation rests: religion, the traditional family, and free market capitalism.” She points out that conservative Americans lost the culture wars for the public square, and are now losing even more ground as their children are fed a steady diet of Leftist propaganda. Polls indicate that children in America are being successfully molded into citizens who will blithely accept a socialist form of government while rejecting traditional American values and our free enterprise system.
Marybeth chronicles, with specific examples and data, the steady encroachment of Leftist propaganda campaigns. Her book begins with an examination of how the Left has infiltrated schools with radical curriculums, which are available to teachers for no cost, as well as through seminars for teachers. The information presented is up to date and provides a surprising list of behind the scenes organizers such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s funding of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, the goal of which is supposedly preparing students to be “college and career ready.” Like many efforts by the Left, the movement sounds good superficially, but on closer examination cannot be shown to improve school performance. Additionally, Common Core mandates uniform standards at the national level rather than maintaining local and state control over curriculums. Thirty-five states have adopted the Common Core standards.
The author provides a new, timely exposé of current entertainment for kids that undermines traditional values and pushes anti-theistic views on children when it is least expected. She cites evidence of the waning of traditional beliefs and values with research from the 2009 Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and also from The Barna Group. A 2007 study from the Barna Group found that sixteen to twenty-nine year olds were “more skeptical and resistant to Christianity than were people of the same age just a decade ago.”
In the chapter on the Environmental propaganda tactics employed against our children through media, Marybeth makes the following statement:
It’s simply not possible to document all of the Left’s influence over children through America’s entertainment media. By the time I finish writing this chapter, someone will have yelled, “Cut!’ on yet another production meant to inspire kids to radical environmental action or a life of anti-capitalist crusades, and already I’ll have left something out. My overview is necessarily incomplete. The point isn’t to ferret out and dissect every Leftist media property, but to help conservatives identify the propaganda and respond appropriately.
(Often: ‘Turn that thing off.’)”
This zealous interference by extreme Leftists who are seeking to foist their agendas directly on our children is alarming. Hicks details purposeful tactics that have been employed to bypass parents, and even locally approved curriculum content, in order to spread anti-capitalist teachings directly to elementary-aged children. This relentless attack on traditional values and civic virtues, that were always valued and taught in America, appears to be impacting the world views of young Americans, especially those between the ages of sixteen and twenty-nine. Hicks closes with a framework for facing this battle and beginning to roll back the damage that has been done.
If I object to anything presented in this book, it is the overgeneralizations about “pre-eminent schools of education” as if there are many like the Teachers College of Columbia University. Actually, most teachers simply attend the university in their own states and take the same University core curriculum classes and academic content area classes that everyone else takes. In reality, professional education courses only make up less than 25% of their total degree requirements. Practice teaching hours inside a classroom are also a part of those education course hours, leaving little extra time for indoctrination by the radical professors active in any liberal arts education. Any deeply held political views by teachers are more likely already formed or perhaps are influenced through the seminars and free teachers resource materials, such as the “stealth curriculum”, (or perhaps the general culture war waged against every other American?) that the author also cites in this book.
Additionally, it is not clear that every example provided by Hicks is going to lead American youths to readily embrace socialism as a preferred form of government here in the U.S. However, she does provide evidence that young people aged nineteen to twenty-nine are embracing ideals that conflict with traditional values, religious beliefs, and a society dedicated to liberty for all in a constitutional Republic. The outcome may not be a full embrace of socialism in America, or even assimilation into global citizenship, but will likely lead to that generation’s abandonment of the freedoms that are their heritage.
In Don’t Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid, Marybeth Hicks has compiled an up to date and eye opening documentation of disturbing trends in our culture and educational system that have been ignored for too long. Her laundry list of examples is harrowing for any parent or concerned citizen who wishes to preserve the values and limited government that have provided liberty for all. The reader is faced with the undeniable conclusion that, left unchallenged, these cultural assaults will inevitably transform America into something unrecognizable.
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