Peak Insanity: Why Schools Shouldn’t Teach the Dangers of Communism

by James A. Bacon

HB 1816 would require the governor to annually issue a proclamation declaring November 7 each year to observe Victims of Communism Day to honor the approximately 100 million souls who died at the hands of communist regimes. The bill also would require the history and social science Standards of Learning to emphasize the dangers of communism in classroom instruction.

There may be legitimate reasons for objecting to the bill. But they are emphatically not the reasons given by the Virginia Education Association (VEA) representative shown in the clip above. Here’s a transcript of her remarks:

The VEA opposes this bill. Four out of the five current communist regimes are in countries that are in Asia. We are concerned that this bill would subject Asian-American students to anti-Asian sentiments.

If I were writing a novel aiming to show how stupid woke people are, I could not in good conscience have concocted a statement so obtuse.

Let us count the ways in which this statement is so absurd that you literally could not make it up without being mocked for pushing so far beyond the bounds of plausibility…

First, if one studies the history of communism, we would learn that Marxism originated in Europe, and that Marxism-Leninism originated in Russia (and what became the Soviet Union). We would have learned that there were numerous communist regimes in Europe, and that at various times and places there were communist movements in European democracies and even the United States. Is the VEA “concerned” that teaching such facts might subject students of European origin to anti-European sentiments? Of course not.

Second, if you poll Americans who emigrated from Asian communist countries — China, Vietnam, North Korea, and Laos, and (now incorporated into China) Hong Kong — they would almost assuredly be more outspoken and vocal in their anti-communism than native-born American students. Talk to anyone who belongs to Falun Gong. Talk to emigres from Hong Kong. Talk to refugees from North Korea. If there is any segment of the population that would cheer such a requirement, it would be Americans of East Asian origin.

The answer is so insipid that it cannot reflect the genuine reason why VEA opposes the bill. I am not a mind reader, so I cannot say what that reason is. But here’s my suspicion: VEA leaders are so far left in their political views that they don’t want to see communism discredited in Virginia schools. Dangers of Communism Day would hit too close to home.

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15 responses to “Peak Insanity: Why Schools Shouldn’t Teach the Dangers of Communism”

  1. Not to mention the violence directed at all things red like apples and stop signs as well as hammers and sickles……. the oppression would be uncontrollable.

  2. AlH - Deckplates Avatar
    AlH – Deckplates

    Actually, a poll of those listed Asian immigrants may have mixed results. The two main responses are one, Communism has done damage, from little to significant, to my family – an open recollection of where they came from. The second response is nothing or actually no response. Looking into that, one learns that those immigrants, with nothing to say, actually fear reprisals from the governments of where they came from. This is especially true of the PRC. So, “better not to talk.”

    Now, the first generation of the immigrants, from those Asian countries, who are born in the U.S., the answers are different. As they are more indigenous of where they were raised in this country. Those American born folks do not fear the threats as much.

    There is no reason to not teach the evils and significant negative effects of communism as it has destroyed people lives and livelihood. To omit those teachings, would leave the students less prepared to deal with the treachery of communism in today’s world.

    1. James McCarthy Avatar
      James McCarthy

      Wow! No need for polls or research about victims of communism.

  3. DJRippert Avatar

    Aren’t these the same educators who insist that American history be taught as a multi-century battle between Whites and White supremacy vs everybody else? They have no problem painting White people as oppressors despite many White students in the class. Now, they are concerned that since most Communist countries are in Asia being negative toward Communism might offend some Asians?

    Liberalism is a mental disorder.

  4. Donald Smith Avatar
    Donald Smith

    Seems that the VEA is patronizing Asian-Americans. I’m sure the VEA rep has impeccable academic credentials.

  5. Stephen Haner Avatar
    Stephen Haner

    HB 1816 Standards of Learning; instruction on dangers and victims of communism.

    02/16/23 Senate: Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health (9-Y 6-N)

    YEAS–Lucas, Saslaw, Howell, Locke, Barker, Petersen, Edwards, Hashmi, McPike–9.

    NAYS–Newman, Cosgrove, Dunnavant, Suetterlein, Peake, Pillion–6.

    “Passed by indefinitely” is the motion to kill the bill, of course.

    The Interweb, source of all Truth, does not count Venezuela as communist. I would. It does not count Nicaragua, and in that case Ortega is disclaiming communism now and did before his last few elections. The ease with which he has reinvented himself as a mere socialist recalls that earlier debate about the real differences between the two. And of course Putin is a democratic socialist, right? Russia is off the list. But I would agree having and honoring the outcome of elections is not something you see among the communist powers. Ballots don’t get rid of them.

    1. walter smith Avatar
      walter smith

      Democrats are dictators.
      Covid policy? Censorship? Mandates? Non-stop pandemic emergency?
      Socialism is merely Communism with a smiley face.

      1. James McCarthy Avatar
        James McCarthy

        Mandates like auto seat belts, liability insurance, stop signs, compulsory public education? USPS, SS, Medicare, a military, Federal Reserve? Repugs are simply paranoid and jealous, carping continuously about the failure of voters to adopt their treasured beliefs like free markets, trickle down economics, and election integrity.

        1. walter smith Avatar
          walter smith

          When did you start borrowing stupid arguments from Larry?
          Lemme see…post office bankrupt. Social security bankrupt. Medicare bankrupt. Country bankrupt. Social fabric in tatters, and Republicans are against Stop signs. Wow.

    2. Perhaps anything that would avoid adding to violence against Asian-Americans, which is on the rise, could be viewed as a good thing.

  6. James Wyatt Whitehead Avatar
    James Wyatt Whitehead

    In 33 seconds the VEA rep uttered “um” 15 times. A clear indicator that she does not know what she is talking about.

    1. JAB’s last statement about the VEA can be viewed as both low and ignorant. He might as well just call all teachers communists.

      1. James Wyatt Whitehead Avatar
        James Wyatt Whitehead

        Not the teachers just the upper management for VEA. They suck. They know nothing about what a frontline teacher has to go through.

        1. Rarely is such a distinction made in BR.

  7. James C. Sherlock Avatar
    James C. Sherlock

    Exactly. They cannot (dare not) even verbalize a reason. Yet the Democrats vote against it anyway.

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