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To be more precise, the "Right Wing Propaganda Masquerades as a High School Economics Curriculum" thread by "Reeces Pieces" (RP) is nothing but ideological crap trying to pass itself off as serious.

And its bullshit worthy of the kind of crap you would find at Redstate or some right-wing blog.

Why? Ok, let's go.

RP basis the entire diary on the a priori assumption that because David Walker and the Peterson Foundation is involved in helping produce this curriculum from Columbia that everything within the curriculum is nothing but biased right-wing propaganda designed to destroy Social Security, Medicare, and the general structure of the Universe as we know it. (S)He then cherry-picks parts of the curriculum, takes them entirely out of context to make them sound ominous and dangerous, and throws in some Paul Krugman references that has absolutely nothing to do with anything associated with the curriculum in order to give the diary some kind of greater significance, I suppose.

And its bullshit, all of it.

I'm a moderate to liberal Economics teacher. I just completed an (unfortunately) unsuccessful run at state representative in Georgia to highlight and protest the awful destruction and toil that conservative Republican policies have taken on our public schools here. So, I am no fan of "deficit scolds" or conservative economic theory of any kind. I think austerity economics is nonsense, by and large, unproven theory at best, or proven unworkable and destructive ideology at worst.

And I've actually looked through the "Understanding Fiscal Responsibility" curriculum (unlike most readers of that thread, apparently) and as an Economics teacher and Keynesian economics person, I can honestly say that the curriculum is just fine, thank you very much.

And it's free.

So, Economics teachers out there, go register at http://understandingfiscalresponsibility.org/

And then download and use whatever you want of the curriculum. It has resources that can be used in any number of lessons, you don't have to use theirs.

And the information is, literally, "textbook economics" for high school courses. Nothing bad or unusual or underhanded or "rightwing" or "leftwing" or anything of the sort. It has a number of quotes from people all over the political spectrum (including good ole' liberal standby's like Rachel Maddow and others) and isn't trying to kill social security or grandma or anything else.

I Promise!

And shame on RP for that hack job.

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  •  Thanks. We have a tendency here to (9+ / 0-)

    believe anything that fits with our worldview when we hear it from another community member. We also tend to believe every personal story posted here, no matter how unlikely (e.g. The Nephew). But when facts are presented disputing the belief, most of us come around pretty quickly. Witnessing people rec-list and gobble up rumors is a bit embarrassing to the site, but we are human after all.

  •  please remove the swear word from title. (6+ / 0-)

    its site policy.  its not that we're puritans here, its that some work filters catch that and block the url.  

  •  Thanks for the suggestions (4+ / 0-)
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    coquiero, Denver11, highacidity, SoCalSal

    I've made those edits.

  •  I for one am quick to jump to conclusions... (2+ / 0-)
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    TominGA, unfangus

    ...after I read things like the Koch Brothers and the Econ Department at FSU.

    However, I do not like engaging in knee-jerk junk, or sweeping generalizations based on prejudices.  In fact, over at huffpo (before I woke up and joined here) my favorite tactic was shutting up the trolls (usually on Obama or Pelosi or MSNBC threads) by exposing their idiocy and their use of sweeping generalizations and obeservations based on nothing but pre-judged crap.

    Buy Aldus Shrugged : The Antidote to Ayn Rand, and tear Ayn and the GOP new orifices. Plus, I get a small royalty, and Jeff Bezos and his employees get the rest. Not a bad deal, as CEO Bezos is not much of a dick, relatively speaking. @floydbluealdus1

    by Floyd Blue on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 04:54:11 AM PST

    •  Its remarkable... (2+ / 0-)
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      johnny wurster, SoCalSal

      how many people commenting in that thread never even bothered to read what was in the curriculum.

      I'm not sure the author of the diary did either for that matter!

      •  Outrage Is Easy, And An Ad Hominen Attack (1+ / 0-)
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        johnny wurster

        Requires no research. Politics is religion, and as doc2 has already written here, given the choice between truth and what fits a given world view one will very often choose what fits that world view.

        Welcome to the 'reality based community'.

        I won't be coming home tonight, my generation will put it right - Genesis 9:3

        by superscalar on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 05:09:41 AM PST

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        •  It's just easier.... (0+ / 0-)

          ...and once the juices of offense and self-righteousness and outrage get a-flowin' it can be tough to call off the dogs (and unmix the metaphors to boot)!

          Buy Aldus Shrugged : The Antidote to Ayn Rand, and tear Ayn and the GOP new orifices. Plus, I get a small royalty, and Jeff Bezos and his employees get the rest. Not a bad deal, as CEO Bezos is not much of a dick, relatively speaking. @floydbluealdus1

          by Floyd Blue on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 05:13:11 AM PST

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  •  Your site requires registration (1+ / 0-)
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    bluezen

    to download the material. I'm reluctant to register with a known right wing institution.
    And we have only your word that you're a liberal Keynesian high school teacher.

    •  I Have Only Your Word as well (1+ / 0-)
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      misslegalbeagle

      Registration basically means giving them my school e-mail address and other bio type info. No big deal. In fact, I just used my school mailing address.

      I can easily copy and paste materials here. Would you care to see some of it? Here's a sample of quotes that students are to evaluate for truth.

      Quote 1:
      It is a Ponzi scheme  to tell our kids that are 25 or 30 years old today, you’re paying into a program that’s going to be there. Anybody that’s for the status quo with Social Security today is involved with a monstrous lie to our kids, and it’s not right.
      —Texas Governor Rick Perry, September 7, 2011

      Quote 2:
      Poverty among Americans 65 and over is statistically unchanged, even as it is getting so much worse for so
      many other groups of people. And that, of course, is because we have something in this country that keeps
      older Americans out of poverty. It’s called Social Security.
      —Rachel Maddow, September 19, 2011,
      The Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC

      Quote 3:
      Social Security has been providing Americans a secure retirement for nearly three quarters of a century. With
      sensible action it can continue to provide that security for decades to come.
      —National Committee to Preserve Social
      Security and Medicare, May 2008

      Quote 4:
      Today, the Social Security system is broke. For the first year since the 75 years [it has existed] . . . they’re in a
      cash-flow negative situation.
      —Steve Lonegan, October 1, 2011

      •  That's just one small part (1+ / 0-)
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        misslegalbeagle

        Easy to copy and paste, and has something from across the spectrum. Most of the exercises in the one on social security have students evaluate various political cartoons and/or graphs on sustainability, the effects its had on poverty, and so forth.

  •  I looked at the site as well as the diary you (0+ / 0-)

    mention. Honestly, as someone who has a younger brother entering the same high school I left not long ago. You'd be lucky to find one person from my Senior Class who even knows what Social Security is. I had an argument with someone last week about Medicare who didn't actually know what Medicare was but didn't like it because, "Obama is doing too much for people who don't deserve it."

    It doesn't seem like that website is anymore right wing than this one. By the way they present their site, it doesn't seem to be a reasonable source of outrage...but alas, people see what they want to see.

    Romney = Nixon without the sweating problem

    by YoungArizonaLiberal on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 12:04:50 PM PST

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