Texas parent opposing ‘working poor’ book says teach ‘both sides’: Ayn Rand and Ben Carson
A Texas mother said recently that she opposed teaching a book about the working poor to high school students because it was socialist and Marxist.
During an interview with the conservative group Women on the Wall, University Park mother Meg Bakich explained that the book “The Working Poor: Invisible in America” was the wrong lesson to be teaching in an advanced placement English class for college-level high school juniors, the Dallas Morning News noted this week.
“I realized there is a real agenda here because [the school] explained to me English III is teaching social issues,” Bakich complained to host Alice Linahan. “How is that going to help my child read better and write better?”
Bakich argued that if students were going to read a “socialist, Marxist” book, then they should “read both sides.”
“These are feeding children values and beliefs that I don’t hold, and I don’t value. So, I gave some suggestions. If you want to understand poverty in a Marxist or socialist environment, let’s have the children read ‘We the Living’ by Ayn Rand,” she asserted. “And then let them compare that with poverty in free markets, and read ‘America the Beautiful’ by [potential Republican presidential candidate] Benjamin Carson.”
But Bakich warned that under the current curriculum, “English class is really a year-long undermining of American values.”
Listen to the audio below from Women on the Wall.