Are Children's Textbooks Promoting Socialism?

Are Children's Textbooks Promoting Socialism?

Could your child’s school be indoctrinating them into a socialist world view? Many feel that there are indicators this is actually happening. By slanting some of the instruction, children are being misled into thinking that the government owes them housing, food, and medical care among other things.

Talk radio personality Glenn Beck addresses a children’s reading book entitled “Building Fluency through Practice and Performance.” This book aims to teach children how to read by repetition and reciting certain words in the textbook. The words they are reciting relate to the Preamble to the Constitution; however, some of the text included does not exactly state the facts as they were written by our Founding Fathers.

The passage in question begins with the Preamble:  "We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, established justice, ensure of domestic tranquility provide for common defense, promote the general welfare” and ends with “ people's basic needs must be met in a country." Directly after this passage, the book goes on to say that "needs for housing, education, health care overseen by the government system.”


 The last passage is definitely not a part of the Preamble, nor is it what our founding fathers intended when they stated “promote the general welfare”. Having our children believe that the government is responsible for providing everyone’s needs is a dangerous concept to teach our children. Even more frightening, claims Beck, is the fact that they are “chanted in song-like form in the class”. He urges parents to find out if this books is being used in their children’s school, and if so to work towards getting it removed in that school system.