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AFL-CIO Wants to Re-Write Labor History


Big Labor, most notably the AFL-CIO, is pushing its political allies to propagandize children in school social studies curriculums. Union membership is suffering among all ages—total union membership has fallen to only 11.3 percent of the total employed workforce—and it seems Big Labor is very worried about losing the young, who are even less unionized (4.2 percent of employed 16-24 year-olds are union members). And to get their propaganda mandate, the unions–especially teachers unions–are prepared to engage in rank hypocrisy, calling for politicians to effectively politicize the curriculum when it serves their interests.

The Associated Press explains the scheme:

Unions and their allies are trying to flex their muscle in state legislatures, pushing for labor history to be included in social studies curriculum and hoping a new generation of high school students will one day be well-educated union members.

Apparently, unions believe they can make a comeback by re-writing “labor history” in school curriculums.  In short, expect a Big-Labor-approved whitewash rather than the truth of how unions nearly killed off American icons like the Twinkie and the Corvette, driving their parents (Hostess and GM) into liquidation and bankruptcy respectively.

And will students learn of the history of union corruption like the Mafia infiltration of the Teamsters? Fuggedaboutit. Delaware’s General Assembly passed a resolution to create a “Task Force on Labor History” to develop the standards that included a Teamsters Local president (and the state NEA and AFL-CIO bosses, for good measure).

But not all union members are on board with this propaganda push. Despite the support of state chapters of the AFL-CIO affiliate American Federation of Teachers (AFT), teachers aren’t necessarily supportive of these state mandates. One teacher noted, “In general, I’m opposed to all of this top-down legislation.”

And when the shoe is on the other foot, the AFT doesn’t like “top-down legislation” of politicized curriculums either. In response to Texas school board textbook changes that emphasized conservative advances in recent history, AFT boss Randi Weingarten told NBC News: “We should have common standards on what social studies is, and then allow teachers to do their jobs as opposed to having education so politicized.”

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