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Op-Ed: Colorado Teachers Union Against Capitalism: Can Parents Trust Their Kids to This Group?

Maybe Colorado kids are better off at home if their teachers believe this kind of leftist claptrap

This article was authored by Andy Puzder for on May 15, 2023

It’s difficult to effectively teach others about something you don’t understand. It’s even tougher when the subject is something you despise. So, if you live in Colorado and expect your children to learn anything truthful about free-market capitalism, you had better teach them at home.

The Colorado Teachers Association (the state’s teachers’ union) recently passed a resolution expressing its belief that "Capitalism inherently exploits children, public schools, land, labor and resources," and opposes "fully addressing systemic racism... climate change, patriarchy (gender and LGBTQ disparities), education inequality and income inequality." And that was the toned down version!

I thought it was a bad thing when the teachers’ unions fought to keep schools closed during the pandemic. But maybe in Colorado kids are better off staying home if at school they are taught by people who believe this kind of leftist claptrap.

So, let’s set the record straight.

Capitalism is the greatest engine for relieving human suffering ever devised by the mind of man.

As President Barack Obama stated in 2015, "[w]e do not dispute that the free market is the greatest producer of wealth in history" and "has lifted billions of people out of poverty." He was right. As free-market capitalism spread across the globe beginning in the early 1800s, economic productivity per person (GDP per capita) has soared while the percentage of people living in extreme poverty has fallen off a cliff – dropping from about 90% in 1820 to under 9% today (according to the World Bank).

Wealth soars, poverty plummets. Sounds like a pretty good system.

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