Your Teacher Said What?!: Defending Our Kids from the Liberal Assault on Capitalism

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Every morning on CNBC's Squawk Box, Joe Kernen asks challenging questions. And at home he does the same with his young daughter, Blake. What are you learning in school? What TV shows do you like? What message did you get from that movie?

When Blake was nine, her answers told Joe that she had already absorbed a distorted view of economics—from her school, pop culture (even animated movies!), and just about everywhere else. She was learning that capitalism is unavoidably immoral,...

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Your Teacher Said What?!: Trying to Raise a Fifth Grade Capitalist in Obama's America

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Every morning on CNBC's Squawk Box, Joe Kernen asks challenging questions. And at home he does the same with his young daughter, Blake. What are you learning in school? What TV shows do you like? What message did you get from that movie?

When Blake was nine, her answers told Joe that she had already absorbed a distorted view of economics—from her school, pop culture (even animated movies!), and just about everywhere else. She was learning that capitalism is unavoidably immoral, that business people can't be trusted, especially if they run big companies like BP or Wal-Mart, that trade is bad because it hurts American workers, and that no matter how bad things get, the government will always bail us out.

Joe admits that he shouldn't have been surprised in an era when Washington casually takes over car companies and spends a trillion dollars "stimulating" the economy. But he was outraged and determined to do something about it. If he couldn't fix our education system or Hollywood, at least he could teach Blake how capitalism really works, and why it's worth defending.

He started by asking her to write down phrases she didn't understand ("What's physical stimulus?"). That led to discussions of some tricky ideas, like credit and the time value of money. In theory a dollar today is always worth more than a dollar next year—but not to someone whose purchases are always paid for by someone else.

Joe and Blake talked about the pluses (small) and minuses (huge) of unions—including the unionized teachers who disparage the free enterprise system that pays their salaries. They investigated the complicated process by which even the simplest manufactured items get made, without anyone directing from above. They puzzled out the truth about so-called fair trade: Rather than help poor farmers, it helps keep farmers pooor. They learned the differences between Europe and America, and why free health care isn't really free.

And they discovered what nine-year-olds have in common with grown-up progressives: Both love to regulate private behavior and think that anything bad—like smoking or eating too much fast food—should be prohibited by law.

Ultimately, Joe convinced Blake that capitalism isn't about greed; it's about freedom. As she writes in one of her sections: "When I have to go to the store to buy a net for my aquarium (I have puffer fish) I can find a lot of nets, but no one told the store which ones to put on the shelf, and no one told the companies that make the nets how many to make, and no one told the companies that deliver the nets when to bring them. Or rather, everyone told them. Millions of ordinary people deciding what to buy and sell are smarter than even the hundred smartest people in the world."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452603452
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/22/2011
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Blake Kernen is a fifth grade student. She lives in New Jersey with her family. Joe Kernen is a former stockbroker and the coanchor of Squawk Box, CNBC's longest-running program.

Kevin Foley has over thirty years' experience in radio and television broadcasting, commercial voice-overs, and audiobook narration. He has recorded over 150 audiobooks, and he won an Earphones Award from AudioFile magazine for his narration of Cognitive Surplus by Clay Shirky.

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

    Great Read!

    I highly recommend Your Teacher Said What?!; unfortunately the people who need to read this book the most will never even entertain the idea. The book masterfully combines a great amount of information, a compelling idea, and a good bit of humor to keep the reader entertained. It is also a great refresher course on free-market economics.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2011

    Fear your government!

    Entertaining, yet wholly fantastic. Their's is not the world we live in, it is a representation of the world he fears. A shame he raised his daughter in fear and contempt of HER government and OUR using it for protection against unbridled capitalism. Anything for a buck.

    6 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2011

    OUTSTANDING

    I LOVE the capitalist view of how the socialist are taking over our schools. Couldn't agree more....Shocking how honesty really hurts

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

    Trash

    Poor Blake.

    4 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2011

    Awesome read! Highly recommend

    As a parent with a child in the public school system, I found this a book a wonderful read. I've pretty much got a handle on the topics here but Joe Kernen breaks it down in a very easy to understand manner for any level. Blake's questions and ideas are very thought provoking and it really does show you just how a child's brain works. As adults, we are trapped within our own mind and seldom think on a lower level. We take for granted our knowledge and sometimes expect our children to understand without question. This book really does open your eyes as to how the school system is teaching our children.

    If you are unfamiliar with the topics, this book explains it on a level anyone can understand. If you are familiar with the topics, it is a great recap of them. The book is not condescending, nor is it "just another text book". Joe makes it real by throwing in his own conversations with his daughter. Parents can certainly empathize when reading.

    I highly recommend this read to anyone who is sending their children to school--pre-k to college, it matters not. These questions will eventually come up sometime in your conversations with your children. It's better to be prepared with the proper answers, not something you just guess at. Education is the key to success. It's never too late to learn. Arm yourself with knowledge and make the world a better place.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2011

    welcome to the world of liberal teachers

    outstanding, educational, real world, fun

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

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    A Must-Read for Every Freedom-Loving American

    When I received this book as an advance copy from Goodreads, I was nervous about picking it up. After all, I always skip the financial sections of the Wall Street Journal in favor of the political or human interest sections. I know the free market system is an important part of our freedom, but I couldn't articulate the reasons. I honestly dreaded trying to wade through a book on finances. However, I was hooked in the preface when Joe Kernen said, "We believe that free-market capitalism is not only the most powerful engine for human prosperity ever but also history's strongest force for freedom and human advancement. We believe - no we know - that economic freedom is as important as religious freedom or freedom of speech. We believe that productive work, freely exchanged, is a virtue, just like charity feely given." Wow. Well said! If you want to be able to understand and share these ideas with your kids and the people around you, BUY THIS BOOK.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    Anyonamous

    Eh, it looks kinda boring. And I'm 10.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

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    A wonderful book to counteract the ongoing anti-capitalist indoctrination in our education system

    This was a spur-of-the-moment buy at the B&N in the Palm Springs area. After having heard a few radio interviews with Joe and some talk radio hosts, I knew in the back of the mind that this book sounded interesting. And interesting it was. Based on conversations between father and pre-teen daughter, "Your Teacher Said What?!" offers up fact-based, logical, rational thought on the realities of the capitalist system, the media's and the public education system's influence on WHAT is taught (and communicated) about it and HOW it is taught/communicated. Delving deep (and sometimes really deep) into topics such as property rights, Hollywood's take on society, why America should not emulate Europe on economic matters, and more, the Kernan due do a great job at dispelling much that is taught our youth about these and many more subjects relating to our economic system in America. When you consider most (if not all) teachers in our public schools have no real concept of what it is like to actually produce a good or service and have it priced to sell (and, God forbid, potentially earn a profit!), this book would make a great primer for students of all ages, introducing them to what the reality is to the systems around them that make this country WORK. I would highly recommend this book, in addition to "Why Popcorn Costs So Much at the Movies: And Other Pricing Puzzles" by Richard McKenzie. These two tomes would help anyone start to understand that capitalism is NOT about keeping people down, but by offering up a system whereby free exchange can lead to increased production, increased honesty, and increased fulfillment (in so many aspects of life). And, if you need another book to round out your trifecta on capitalism and economics, check out "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism" by Robert Murphy. I read this book years ago (I believe it came out in 2007 or so), and it is as straight-forward on its subject. Well done, Kernan old and young. A timely reminder that at least ONE subject (if not many, many more) taught in our schools could use a little parental intervention.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2011

    It always how you look at eveything

    My teacher said not! Why did God banish Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden? Conservatism has proven that its no better then Liberalism. No one can claim that one is better then another.

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 8, 2014

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    Posted January 30, 2014

    Whar What.?

    Not the best
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2012

    Believe it or Not....

    Blake's actually a friend of mine. We went to summer camp summer before this happened

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Your teacher said what

    All this book demonstrates is that. fundamentally, all economic theory is POLITICAL.

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