Frank Watts: Socialist schools breed socialist ideals
December 15, 2011
To the Editor:
The Wall Street Occupiers and copycat groups are an embarrassing product of our public (government) schools. Their behavior has been disgusting and is getting worse. Relieving themselves in public, drugs, rape, fire, destruction, mounting violence, general lawlessness and even murder are evident.
Some say they have no coherent message or goal. I disagree. These 20- and 30-year-olds hate the wealthy, corporations and Wall Street – in effect, they hate capitalism and competition.
Never mind that the wealthy create real jobs. Never mind that their parents are invested in corporations via their 401K, mutual finds, etc. Never mind that capitalism pays the bill for their government benefits. Never mind that our constitution fosters capitalism, competition by creating freedom for individuals to prosper – not instant gratification via someone else’s money but the opportunity to prosper in time with hard work.
Rather, they want to be forgiven their student loans and for everyone to be forgiven their home loans just to mention a couple of their fanatical goals frequently stated. I’d rather doubt that many were taught these socialist ideas at home.
It would then seem that the government schools must generally be the primary catalyst. Could the socialist education professors produce socialist teachers who have now produced socialists occupiers?
Many have apparently been taught in school that people who start, run or invest in companies are evil. They have been taught in their classrooms that they are “entitled” – I want my share and I want it NOW! They have apparently learned a disdain for authority and for those who are working hard to prosper. They have found that their degrees in art history, feminist anthropology and the like are useless, and they blame Wall Street.
It is high time that we the people brought competition into play with the government school system – more charter schools but more importantly a voucher system that would empower parents to send their kids to schools of choice – competition can cure this malaise.
Winter Park Highlands