I can remember many years ago in my 9th grade economics class encountering a left-wing agenda-driven teacher for the first time. Mrs. Kirkpatrick’s comments about Reagan and about capitalism were so obvious that we would talk outside of class about how she must be a Communist. Her class was so bad that none of us registered for one of her classes again.
It used to be that only the most cynical people wondered about the indoctrination that our kids receive in public schools, but we see increasing evidence that it’s not just teachers’ unions who want to ensure that the next generation is overwhelmingly liberal. Textbook publishers are also getting in on the action.
Witness the forthcoming advanced placement high school history textbook By The People from Pearson Publishing. An Indianapolis radio show host who goes by the “Alex on Air” on Twitter pointed out what this 2019 textbook has to say about the 2016 election.
We’re talking about a textbook that questions the mental fitness of an American president ”“ and assigns nefarious motives to his voters. Here’s a sampling of what By The People wants to feed to our high school kids:
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. 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. They also worried about the mental instability of the president-elect and the anger that he and his supporters brought to the nation.
And there’s more:
Whatever people’s opinions, on January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as the forty-fifth president of the United States. The inner circle of his advisors seemed to represent a mix of some deeply ideological conservatives, traditional politicians, and his family. His cabinet nominees were mostly highly successful business leaders who had made their fortunes and were now joining the team of another unusually successful businessman. They were largely white males, more so than any presidential cabinet since Ronald Reagan.
The textbook also paints a white-people-are-racists narrative when talking about the situation in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014 and says this about the Obama presidency: “Those who had long thought of the nation as a white and Christian country sometimes found it difficult to adjust.”
No wonder people are opting for private schools and homeschooling. When we can’t trust textbooks to teach our kids the facts, what’s the point at all?