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Thursday, July 25, 2024

Colorado Teachers Union Passes Resolution Condemning Capitalism

'The only way to fully address systemic racism (the school to prison pipeline), climate change, patriarchy (gender and LGBTQ disparities), education inequality, and income inequality is to dismantle capitalism and replace it with a new, equitable economic system... '

(Headline USA) A Colorado teachers union passed a resolution last month condemning capitalism as a system that “inherently exploits children, public schools, land, labor, and resources.”

At its 97th Annual Delegate Assembly in April, the members of the Colorado Education Association voted in favor of the resolution, which says, “We are constantly using band-aids and minor reforms to make things better, which is good, but the system itself is the problem, and it needs to be named.”

The resolution reads in full: “CEA believes that capitalism requires exploitation of children, public schools, land, labor, and/or resources. Capitalism is in opposition to fully addressing systemic racism (the school to prison pipeline), climate change, patriarchy, (gender and LGBTQ disparities), education inequality, and income inequality.”

According to reports, this version of the resolution was milder compared to the original draft, which included a call to replace capitalism with a “new equitable economic system.”

A screenshot of the original draft stated: “CEA believes that capitalism requires exploitation of children, public schools, land, labor, and/or resources and, therefore, the only way to fully address systemic racism (the school to prison pipeline), climate change, patriarchy (gender and LGBTQ disparities), education inequality, and income inequality is to dismantle capitalism and replace it with a new, equitable economic system.”

The resolution was introduced by Bryan Lindstrom, a college history professor.

Colorado Republicans condemned the measure and raised questions about the CEA’s ability to provide accurate legislative testimony given its blatant biases.

“As [someone] who often has to listen to testimony by the CEA, I find their explanation about an … anti-capitalism resolution wholly inadequate,” state Sen. Mark Baisley, R-Roxborough Park, said in a statement. “The lack of transparency is disappointing, but not surprising from this public employee union.” 

This is hardly the first time a teachers union has endorsed a radical leftist view. The nation’s largest teachers union, the National Education Association, has advocated for “climate justice,” “social justice,” and “racial justice” to be taught in the classroom.

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