I remember how they taught about the Welfare system. I remember specifically questioning where I fiscally stood and where I morally stood on how they lied about welfare in my textbook.
I recall the book discussing why new measures were taken so that you could only be on welfare for a total of five years in your life. They explained it as the best way to prevent people who had “cushy lifestyles” from abusing the system.
They talked about “Welfare Queens”. And how “Welfare Queens” abused the system, had as many children as possible (the harlots!) and then the children were taught to ‘abuse the system’. This was not just my teacher saying this. This was what the books explained. The books explained how people on Welfare abused the system and found loopholes and exploited those who paid taxes.
And I remember thinking, “There is no fucking way it’s this bad, but my entire class is eating it up. They’re going to be the horrible people who fight with corporations because they’re scared of people different and worse off financially than them.”
My Economics book was the equivalent of a science class teaching purely creationism.
That’s the story.