Socialist Bernie Sanders and his allies trumpet the message that public education is too expensive in America-----in terms of dollars, he's right.
However, there is a much greater cost inflicted on America by public education---and it's reflected in a new survey by Harvard.
The Washington Post headline reads: "A Majority of Millennials Now Reject Capitalism, Poll Shows."
Public education is costing us our free and prosperous country, and a generation of our children---maybe more.
Yes, Bernie, public education is too expensive.
The Washington Post says, "In an apparent rejection of the basic principles of the US economy, a new poll shows that most young people do not support capitalism."
The Post says, "The Harvard University survey, which polled young adults between ages 18 and 29, found that 51% of respondents do not support capitalism. Just 32% say they support it."
"The results of the survey are difficult to interpret," the pollsters told the Washington Post.
But a closer look seems to clear things up quite well.
The Post observed that while a majority of respondents in Harvard University's survey of young adults said they do not support capitalism, that may suggest that today's youngest voters are more focused on the flaws of free markets---and getting a lot of free stuff from the government.
This is, of course, the note Bernie is playing to sell-out crowds across the country---especially our kids.
One Harvard student who was involved in taking the survey says he thinks the "meaning of capitalism has changed."
He says it meant one thing to those growing up during the Cold War, but to today's kids, it means a financial crises from which the global community still has not recovered.
John Della Volpe, polling director at Harvard, says he talked to small groups of kids and they told him "that capitalism was unfair and left people out despite their hard work."
He suggests, "They're not rejecting the concept"...but "the way in which capitalism is practiced today...that's what they are rejecting."
The larger point is the way in which capitalism has been presented to this generation in the public classroom.
Tenured professors, often held to little or no accountability, have been teaching hate for America and our ways for the last 2 generations, with it reaching a new pitch in the past 8 years.
The same assault has been waged against Christianity, and its traditional values and principles---successfully undermining the more than 5000-year-old institution of marriage and family, while devaluing life itself and attacking its sanctity while calling it "choice"---"women's reproductive health."
No wonder the kids are, as the Washington Post suggests, "more focused on the flaws" than on the benefits that have accrued to America because of our founding beliefs.
Public education, controlled by the radical far left National Education Association and far Left secular progressive teachers and professors in the classroom, is morally and economically bankrupting America.
Public education is too expensive.
Michael Snyder, a recognized Christian expert on the economy, wrote in Charisma News, "When I first heard of this new survey from Harvard University, I was absolutely stunned."
He says it's possible the kids could have been confused by the way the questions were asked, but not likely, because other surveys have found similar results.
One example was a survey conducted by Republican pollster Frank Lutz, who surveyed 1000 Americans between the age of 18 and 26, finding the same results. And when participants were asked to sum up the root of America's problem in one word, 29% of them said "greed."
Unfortunately, most of our kids don't really understand how socialism actually works---yet they have been baptized in the flaws of capitalism.
Snyder says Venezuela is one of many examples of how quickly socialism becomes dysfunctional.
He quotes a Bloomberg financial article: "Venezuela's epic shortages are nothing new at this point. No diapers or car parts or aspirin---it's all been well documented. But now the country is at risk of running out of money itself."
Bloomberg says, "Venezuela is scrambling to print new bills fast enough to keep up with the torrid pace of price increases...and are so slow in paying their bills that foreign providers are forgoing further business" with the country.
Snyder says, "We are losing an entire generation of our young people...Well, the truth is that our colleges and universities have become indoctrination centers for the progressive movement. I know because I spent eight years at public universities in this country."
He says the quality of education our kids are receiving is abysmal.
"But the values that are being imparted to them will last a lifetime," he says.
While public education is the bitter fountain that refreshes the confused discontent toward our traditional way of government and values, including Christianity itself, the entertainment industry feeds the decline.
A Nielson Report (Neilson tracks TV and radio ratings, etc.) details what kids are doing when they are not sitting in their indoctrination station, often referred to as a classroom.
Nielson found that the average American does this every day:
- Watches live television-- 4 hours and 32 minutes.
- Watches time-shifted television--30 minutes
- Listens to the radio--2 hours, 44 minutes
- Uses a smartphone--1 hour, 33 minutes
- Uses Internet on a computer--1 hour, 6 minutes
Overall, the average American spends about 10 hours per day consuming some form of entertainment or information.
And that survey was taken 2 years ago.
When you allow that much information into your mind each day, it is inevitable that it will shape and affirm your values---and our kids are more plugged in than most adults.
And those 10 hours come as passive affirmation---with the exception of Christian radio and television---of the secular progressivism actively taught for about an additional 6 hours every day in the public classroom.
Bernie's right. Public education is too expensive---way too expensive.
We are paying them to steal our children.
Our response? If possible, educate your children in the home or in Christian schools. If this is not possible, and I know it is not for some, then carefully follow the instruction of Moses regarding God's statutes--- as all God's people should.
Moses said (Deuteronomy 6:5), "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength."
"And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart."
"You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down and when you rise up."
"You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes."
"You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates."
"Then," Moses says, "Go do the right thing---live out those biblical principles."
And when your son asks about this, Moses says "Then you shall say to your son: 'We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, and the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand'."
Be Vigilant. Be Informed. Be Faithful. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed