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? Your teacher said what?!

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

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Overview

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? Your teacher said what?!

 When Blake was nine, her answers told Joe that she had already absorbed a distorted view of economics—from her school, pop culture, 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 . . . 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 was outraged. 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. Ultimately, Joe convinced Blake that capitalism isn’t about greed; it’s about freedom. In today’s America, there’s no greater lesson to teach your children.

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Editorial Reviews

Steve Forbes

“CNBC broadcaster Joe Kernen and his young daughter Blake have put together a readable, informative, lively primer on free-market capitalism.”

-Steve Forbes
“CNBC broadcaster Joe Kernen and his young daughter Blake have put together a readable, informative, lively primer on free-market capitalism.”
-Representative Paul Ryan
“This book will help renew your faith in free markets, restore the commonsense value of fiscal responsibility, and pass these principles on to future generations of Americans at a time when they are needed most.”
-Donald Trump
Your Teacher Said What?! is an essential read for any parent who wants to counter the anticapitalism taught to their children and for all who believe in free markets and what makes America great.”
Steve Forbes

“CNBC broadcaster Joe Kernen and his young daughter Blake have put together a readable, informative, lively primer on free-market capitalism.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591845386
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/27/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.41 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Joe Kernen is the coanchor of CNBC’s longest-running program, the top-rated morning show Squawk Box. Before going into television he had a successful ten-year career as a stockbroker, and before that he earned a master’s degree in molecular biology from MIT and worked at one of the world’s leading cancer research centers. Blake Kernen is a sixth grade student. They live in New Jersey with Blake’s mom, Penelope, and her little brother, Scott.

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Table of Contents

Preface: The Complaint Department ix

CHAPTER 1 January 2009: The Progressive Slot Machine 1

Chapter 2 February 2009: The ABCs of the Free Market 15

Chapter 3 May 2009: The Properties of Property 52

Chapter 4 October 2009: Who Made My Shoelaces? 71

Chapter 5 December 2009: Wall-E-conomics 83

Chapter 6 May 2010: America vs. Europe 103

Chapter 7 June 2010: 99.985 Percent Pure: The Price of Regulation 125

Chapter 8 August 2010: the $40 Ostrich Egg 145

Chapter 9 September 2010: Look for the Union Label: You're Paying for it 160

Chapter 10 December 2010: Lies, D***ed Lies, and the Opinion Pages 183

Epilogue: The View from 2011 213

Afterword 218

Acknowledgments 225

Notes 228

Index 233

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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 2 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2014

    This a must read

    Read this and all will be revealed.

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    Posted April 8, 2014

    Two

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    Posted January 30, 2014

    Whar What.?

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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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