HARTFORD, Conn. – Rocker Neil Young has noted that “rust never sleeps.”

The same could be said for the political progressives who are continually trying to impose their left-wing, socialistic vision on this country.

The progressives’ efforts usually begin in the public school system, where they can shape the worldviews of the upcoming generation of American leaders.

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That is what’s happening in Connecticut where Big Labor is once again pushing legislation that would “encourage” schools to teach labor history and law. “Big Labor,” in this case, refers to the American Federation of Teachers, the AFL-CIO, the SEIU and the rest of the usual suspects in the Nutmeg State.

According to Raised Bill No. 220, schools would be asked to spend precious class time discussing the history of organized labor, the collective bargaining process and the need for legal protections in the workplace.

Since Big Labor’s previous attempts to slip their agenda into Connecticut schools’ curriculum have failed, the cagey unionists have put a special twist on their latest effort. The union-backed legislation would also have schools teach “the history of free market capitalism and entrepreneurialism and their role in the growth of the American and world economies.”

It’s an obvious attempt to pacify critics who don’t want left-wing unionism taught in the classroom. Besides, one would hope that Connecticut schools are already teaching capitalism and entrepreneurship to students. And if they’re not, then taxpayers should demand a much bigger fix than some dopey little lesson added on to the labor history unit.

Eric Gjede, assistant counsel for the Connecticut Business & Industry Association, opposes the bill and says it would put another mandate on schools that are already struggling to cover the basics.

“We just feel that every effort should be made to teach kids the normal curriculum – grade-level reading and math – instead of spending time on this,” Gjede tells EAGnews.

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He bases that view on the fact that an alarming number of students can’t even handle the basics, and that the state’s achievement gap between its white and minority students is one of the largest in the nation.

Gjede points out that labor history is already taught in schools during history units about the Industrial Revolution, but that’s not good enough for the unionists.

“They’re looking for a much more expansive curriculum,” Gjede says.

Connecticut’s labor unions aren’t breaking any new ground with their perennial effort to infiltrate the state’s school curricula. California and Wisconsin require schools to train kids to appreciate Big Labor. Unionists in Illinois are hoping to follow suit.

It’s been a tough few years for labor unions, from state labor reforms (in Wisconsin and Michigan) to a recent stinging defeat for the United Auto Workers in Tennessee. Those losses have labor leaders looking to win the long game, which requires indoctrinating a new generation to believe in the Big Labor way.