A new textbook set to be distributed in high schools has gone a bit past listing historical facts and dives more into personal bias.
According to Fox News, an AP History textbook for high school students is ‘blatantly biased’ and refers to President Trump as racist. The book additionally paints his supporters as xenophobic and labels them vastly as ‘white poor and working-class voters’.
The history book is written by New York University professor James Fraser and published by Pearson Education. The title? “By the People: A History of the United States”.
The textbook oversteps its bounds, even questioning the ‘mental-stability’ of the current president.
A student at a Minnesota high school told Fox & Friends that she was ‘appalled’ by the book after she saw a copy of it in her school.
“There are specific parts where it goes off the rails from a historical textbook toward an op-ed,” student Tarra Snyder said.
Absolutely unacceptable 👇🏻
AP U.S. History textbook calls Trump “racist,” questions his mental stability. https://t.co/xUOq7nI4yO
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) April 24, 2019
“It was really, really surprising to me. 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 a classroom, and if the facts are skewed then students aren’t able to make well-rounded decisions on what they believe.”
But wait, it gets worse.
The book also attacks police for the way they handled the riots in Ferguson, Missouri after the death of Michael Brown. The book chastises officers but conveniently overlooks violent acts committed by the protesters.
“The nearly all-white police force was seen as an occupying army in the mostly African American town…the police increased the tensions, defacing memorials set up for Brown and using rubber bullets on demonstrators,” the author wrote.
Once the book began going viral in the media, many stepped up to speak out against its one-sided views. The contents were called “an effort going on in public school to indoctrinate kids with an anti-conservative agenda.”
A Public Relations specialist for Pearson Publishing defended the textbook, saying that it underwent, “rigorous peer review to ensure academic integrity.” https://t.co/kTayORPh7T
— Pulpit & Pen (@pulpitpenblog) April 23, 2019
“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,” the textbook says.Since Trump took office, the hardened lines of political parties and catastrophic divisiveness across the country has made a major impact on the way we view people – especially close friends and family members.
Whereas we would once merely set aside our differences and coexist, now… we’re pushing the limits of judgment.
We’ve published a number of stories about Americans who have been attacked simply for wearing a red hat in support of their leadership.
One teen even slashed a man’s tires because he had the MAGA hat on the dashboard of his parked car.
What is a teacher’s real role in educating our children? Is it to teach them how to think? Or teach them what to think?