Wednesday, April 18, 2018

New History Textbook Revising Trump Presidency--Some Students Upset

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It has been said, "History is the great teacher."

A new Advanced Placement (AP) high school history textbook is nothing more than "a political tool replete with teaching that President Trump is mentally ill and that his supporters and most whites are racist."

And the publisher is defending it.

The history textbook, written for 9th through 12th graders, is scheduled for release in 2019, but Indianapolis talk show host "Alex On-Air" on WNOW radio got hold of a sample copy that has been sent out to the high schools for approval. Alex made it public.

Perhaps providentially.

The text is stunning. There is not even a pretense of objectivity or even attention to facts.

One News Now writer Michael Haverluck says the textbook, published by Pearson, a widely used publisher of public school textbooks, "reads more like a New York Times op-ed." He's right.

Haverluck says the textbook "By The People", "carries on the anti-Trump narrative when covering the 2016 presidential election, portraying him and white Americans as racists living in the past who are yearning to oppress minorities---similar to the way those from the pre-Civil Rights era and time of slavery did."

The text reads: "Trump's supporters saw the vote as a victory for the people who, like themselves, had been forgotten in a fast-changing America---a mostly older, often rural or suburban, and overwhelmingly white group".. then in comparison says, "Clinton's supporters feared that the election had been determined by people who were afraid of a rapidly developing ethnic diversity of the country, discomfort with their candidate's gender and nostalgia for an earlier time in the nation's history."

This is classic far Left progressivism and cultural Marxism; Revise history to affirm your current agendas, and discount any enduring Truth or principles.

In a section about former President Barrack Obama, the textbook suggests that white Christians were uncomfortable having a black president.

This is the profile of "the lie."

I am white and was personally very uncomfortable with Barrack Obama. However, it had nothing to do with the color of his skin---it had everything to do with his deeply held beliefs...and the content of his character.

A man who could have done so much to help with racial tensions actually fanned the flames of racism.

The book celebrates "Black Lives Matter" and condemns police departments that are "mostly white."

Fox News reports that some who have seen the content of the history book are upset.

"A high school student is sounding the alarm," Fox says. Tarra Snyder at Rosemount High School in Minnesota said it was "really surprising to see passages questioning President Trump's mental stability."

She said, "I really believe that learning should be objective and that students can make their own decisions based on what they're able to learn in the classroom, and if the facts are skewed then students aren't able to make well-rounded decisions on what they believe."

That's what education was about before the progressive far Left co-opted it, turning it into a social experimentation and indoctrination tool.

And in that spirit, the book's author, New York University Professor James Fraser, redefines justice as well.

And he packages his social justice gospel complete with LGBT activism repackaged as the new "civil rights movement."

The American Mirror says, "American schools are the battlefield for our children's minds, and progressives are in charge of it all---from writing the textbooks to those reading them out loud in class. Note the book qualifies the opinions with 'some said' ---a common tactic to insert one's own opinion. There is no contrary opinion offered."

As people have become aware of the content of this so-called "history textbook" headed for high school classrooms this coming year---they have reacted.

In fact so much so that Pearson Media Relations Director Scott Overland has gone on defense with the media and parents who have become aware of the content of the new history book.

He says, "By The People was developed by an expert author and underwent rigorous peer review to ensure academic aims to promote debate and critical thinking by presenting multiple sides of historical issues."

Fraser may well be an expert author. And I'm sure his like-minded cohorts reviewed and assisted in the writing of the textbook. But not to ensure academic integrity. Or present multiple sides of history.

Absent the conservative beliefs of the 61,943,670 people who voted for Trump the so-called history book is devoid of anything that would even trigger any constructive debate or learning---purposefully so.

It is purely indoctrination.

“The very power of [textbook writers] depends on the fact that they are dealing with a boy: a boy who thinks he is ‘doing’ his ‘English prep’ and has no notion that ethics, theology, and politics are all at stake. It is not a theory they put into his mind, but an assumption, which ten years hence, its origin forgotten and its presence unconscious, will condition him to take one side in a controversy which he has never recognized as a controversy at all.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Prayerful. Be Heard.


  1. A good number of self-proclaimed "Progressives" have embraced the noble statement "words matter". In truth, only an idiot would disagree, yet making that statement is the cultural entre to a criticism of opponent’s views when taken out of context.

    In the minds of the least-gifted intellectual, there is a clear difference between fact "truth that stands the test of objective scrutiny", and OPINION "which stands no test except the speaker/writers personal bias.

    "Opinion" has no place in the Educational Curriculum, and especially not in text books, unless it is clearly identified as "opinion" and always juxtaposed to the competing "opinion", so students can undergo the intellectual exercise of coming to a rational and objective conclusion as to which opinion they favor. Teachers are there to help students learn how to be rational, logical, and strategic in their approach to finding the truth. Teachers are not there to teach students ‘what’ to accept as truth and what not to accept as truth based on their authority as educators.

    The public school system in America has degraded to the point where the concepts of 'education' and 'indoctrination' have become interchangeable.

    Most individuals have a relatively clear idea about what they think is "right". It is natural for these individuals to want others to agree with them, as professionals within the educational system, it is natural for them to want the 'students' to agree with them.

    We have many "natural tendencies' which are in “our favor at the expense of others”. The only individual in the entire world that can never learn to be objective about me, .... is ME!

    So, it comes down to a basic virtue known as "integrity" within a value system committed to truth. The individual who is not able to distinguish between truth and personal preference or opinion is a person who is unqualified to have control over what children learn. Further, when one does have this ability the additional qualification necessary is the ability to be honest with one's self. Unfortunately the guard at the gate has already been compromised.

    Many if not most of today’s teachers in America have come from a system that has already indoctrinated them into the secular leftist/progressive collective mind-set. They are victims of this form of abuse by those in charge of their welfare, and like most victims of abuse they tend to habitually abuse those for whom they have responsibility. Sexual abuse follows the same pattern, and the abuser is usually clinically unable to differentiate between right and wrong any longer.

    In truth…this is a situation that encourages despair. The solution is two-fold; first is fervent and repetitive prayer, and the second is parents who are absolutely committed to be informed and then take responsibility for what their children are taught. Common Core is designed, among other things, to remove parents completely from the process.

    This is perhaps the most critical threat to America and the Western world today. When our children are marching in the streets demanding that the Government take away their rights under the constitution, we know we are loosing the light.

    Truth is a lonely warrior,

  2. This is why we need Bible reading and prayer in schools. There is poison in the pot.


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