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High School Teens Vote for Prom-munism

Students at an Albuquerque united in favor of a communist prom.

Screencap from the KQRE news video.

When seniors at Cottonwood Classical Preparatory School in Albuquerque voted for a prom theme this year, the masses casted their ballots in favor of Prom-munism. The winning decision, however, appears to have incited a class war (ha ha, get it?), and the grumbly teenaged McCartheyite dissenters who voted instead for “A Night in the Reef,” say they don’t find communism to be very funny. If the pinkos have their way, it’s likely Cottonwood’s seniors will be swigging kvass instead of fruit punch, which as we all know is a petite bourgeois beverage.

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Chinese Language Programs Revive "Red Scare" Hysteria

Will learning from a native speaking Chinese teacher turn American students into subversive commies? Probably not. (But it might get them a job.)


Chinese President Hu Jintao's making his first state visit to the Obama White House at a time when the American economy—and American schools—are feeling left behind by the growing economic superpower. Now a story out of Columbus, Ohio, about the Gahanna-Jefferson School District's Chinese language and culture program spotlights the revival of "Red Scare" fears—all because China's helping pay part of the program's cost.

At a time when many American school districts are busy cutting foreign language offerings, the Chinese government is contributing $30,000 to Gahanna-Jefferson's four-year-old program. It's a fraction of the cost—the U.S. government is ponying up the rest of the $1 million needed to run the initiative, which teaches Mandarin and Chinese culture to 350 students.

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