Skip to comments.The Trouble With Textbooks
Posted on 09/05/2009 9:52:05 AM PDT by smokingfrog
Hard-edged propaganda now suffuses America's history textbooks. A thorough cover-to-cover reading of almost any high school history text leaves you with the impression that the United States is at best embarrassing, and at worst a menace to world peace.
I think I was in fifth grade when I began to suspect that textbooks weren't entirely on the level. The first tip-off came from the word problems in math class. They typically began with scenarios that, even to a 10-year-old, seemed a little unlikely: "Julio's mom is a welder. His father is a pediatric nurse. If his mom welds for 9 hours a day, then..."
Or: "If Maria wins her first three prizefights by knockout, and her next three by TKO, how long before she can leave her job as a lumberjack and fight full time?"
The characters in my textbooks didn't sound like anyone I had ever met. Years later I realized, that was exactly the point. The educators who wrote them weren't interested in describing the world as it was, or had been, but rather as they wanted it to be. They were ideologues, and my math and history books were their pamphlets, disguised as academic texts.
Thirty years later, few textbooks bother with the disguise. Entire chunks of the English language have been banned from the classroom, liquidated in a P.C. purge. First to go were words containing the dreaded term "man," the three letters most offensive to professional feminists. Mailman, chairman, snowman, fisherman, manhole cover--every one now extinct, disdained relics of a bygone age.
(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...
It’s bad enough we have to correct our kids about behavior and moral issues now we have to correct them on what they learn in school. All part of a bigger picture..
As I watched Tucker Carlsons EXCELLENT report I began
to weep and thank God for Fox News. I have known about
revisionist textbooks since the 70’s. What struck me was
that I was seeing this on a network news program other
than “Pray TV”.
I believe we are too late. At least three generations have
been indoctrinated by the status quo.
Cruschev was right... they have buried us from within.
My oldest daughter is 24 and she and 2 of her 3 siblings were homeschooled.
Once when she was about 7 we were reading books from the library and she said, “Why doesn't anyone in these books look like me?”
My daughter has fair skin, very light blond hair, and bright blue eyes.
It was stunning to watch this documentary. The forces are heavily at work in taking the Americanism out of America and inserting the ‘gay’, ‘green’, ‘diversity’ hype on the citizens. And rewriting history and our National holidays....hmmm wasn’t it michele obama who also said that would be done?
Revisionism is a powerfull and effective tool over time.
The socialist left has ****always***** been in control of government K-12 education. Please read about the philosophies of the earliest proponents of modern government education. The goal of these mid-1800 century activists ( and later, early 1900’s educational leaders) has **always** been the creation of a compliant, uniform, and bland citizen-worker for the fascist state.
Government schools **ARE** socialism in action. They have always (from their beginnings in the mid-1800s until finally nationwide in the early 1900s) been a socialist experiment to force citizens to pay for a service that parents want for free! How is it possible to fix SOCIALISM?
Socialism can't be fixed!
Children, just by attending, learn by daily example that government has the power to take money from his neighbor to pay for his educational needs. Even worse, for 13 or more years, his teachers tell him it is his **right** to expect this! It is an easy step from believing one has a right to expect government to force his neighbor to pay for his schooling to expect government to pay for all of his other needs.
I believe that FDR was elected and was able to push through his highly radical socialist schemes precisely because one to two generations of voters had lived the daily experience of socialist schools paid for by their neighbor's taxes.
It's been downhill since then.
Marxism ( mixed with fascism) is our nation's most urgent and serious threat! Government K-12 schools are the Marxist-fascist's **most** important and powerful weapon.
Yet...Few conservatives recognize that Marxism is our nation's most serious threat. Instead, they are focused on the minutia such as Obama’s speech on Tuesday, or the health care bill. And...Few conservatives understand that their child's school is killing freedom.
Teaching Math in 1950: - (traditional math)
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price. What is his profit?
Teaching Math in 1960:
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price, or $80. What is his profit?
Teaching Math in 1970: - (new math)
A logger exchanges a set “L” of lumber for a set “M” of money. The cardinality of set “M” is 100. Each element is worth one dollar. Make 100 dots representing the elements of the set “M.” The set “C”, the cost of production contains 20 fewer points than set “M.” Represent the set “C” as a subset of set “M” and answer the following question: What is the cardinality of the set “P” of profits?
Teaching Math in 1980:
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80 and his profit is $20. Your assignment: Underline the number 20.
Teaching Math in 1990: - (Outcome-Based education)
By cutting down beautiful forest trees, the logger makes $20. What do you think of this way of making a living? Topic for class participation after answering the question: How did the forest birds and squirrels feel as the logger cut down the trees? There are no wrong answers.
Teaching Math in 1996:
By laying off 40% of its loggers, a company improves its stock price from $80 to $100. How much capital gain per share does the CEO make by exercising his stock options at $80. Assume capital gains are no longer taxed, because this encourages investment.
Teaching Math in 1997:
A company outsources all of its loggers. They save on benefits and when demand for their product is down the logging work force can easily be cut back. The average logger employed by the company earned $50,000, had 3 weeks vacation, received a nice retirement plan and medical insurance. The contracted logger charges $50 an hour. Was outsourcing a good move?
Teaching Math in 1998:
A logging company exports its wood-finishing jobs to its Indonesian subsidiary and lays off the corresponding half of its US workers (the higher-paid half). It clear-cuts 95% of the forest, leaving the rest for the spotted owl, and lays off all its remaining US workers. It tells the workers that the spotted owl is responsible for the absence of fellable trees and lobbies Congress for exemption from the Endangered Species Act. Congress instead exempts the company from all federal regulation. What is the return on investment of the lobbying costs?
Teaching Math in 2000:
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $120. How does Arthur Andersen determine that his profit margin is $60?
Teaching Math in 2010:
El hachero vende un camion de carga por $100. El costo de production es........
I would just like to know what sick wonderful mind came up with that. It cracks me up every time-and I teach algebra 1.
Khruschev said “we will take America without firing a shot.”
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My favorite was on a reading selection from an English exam (I belive it was the NY Regents exam), “The Elderly Man and the Sea” by Hemingway.
How do they get away with changing the title of a very well-known book?
Nope. Khruschev said, “We will bury you from within!”
I remember his speech. He drove by our home in a huge
motorcade on a visit to California around 1960.
During a diplomatic reception... Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev told
“About the capitalist states, it doesn’t depend on you whether we
(Soviet Union) exist. If you don’t like us, don’t accept our
invitations, and don’t invite us to come to see you. Whether you like
it our not, history is on our side. We will bury you.”’
source: U.S. Department of Energy Timeline
‘Nikita Khrushchev told Western diplomats in November 1956, “History
is on our side. We will bury you.”’
source: Foreign Affairs, 1990
“He said “we will bury you” at a reception for Wladyslaw Gomulka at
the Polish embassy in Moscow on November 18, 1956”
"Learnin' never taught me nothing, and books is the worst!"
“”As I watched Tucker Carlsons EXCELLENT report I began
to weep and thank God for Fox News.””
In spite of a note to myself, I forgot to watch this last night. I think I heard that it will be on again tonight at 10 - sure hope that’s right as my note now is on the TV screen....
I will elaborate...
When I heard Khruschev say, “We will bury you from
within!” on a TV news broadcast (I believe), I asked
my Mother what that meant. She was a John Bircher
so she was very well informed. In fact, she wore
tinfoil way before it was kewl. Anyway... She said
that communists wanted to take over our country and
they would do it by inserting themselves into positions
of power in the area of public education, the government
and I believe she talked about Unions as well.
I was six years old at the time. I will never forget
K’s words nor my mother’s astute explanation. Now I
have lived long enough to see that the plan has nearly
... without firing a single shot.
Yes... there is a replay of TC’s Textbook special tonight at 10pm pacific time.
Anybody who sends their kids to a public school has little room to complain about it.
It is at least confusing, if not hypocritical, to submit your children to the authority of the tax-funded, union-run government school and then tell them that the government school’s vision of the world is wrong.
“Public School” is best understood as the tax-funded, union-run Bus Ministry of the State Church of Marxist Humanism.
Do yourselves and your childre a favor.
Make the sacrifices to edcucate them yourselves or at least enroll them in a church school or synagogue school.
For college, stay away from state universities or any school run by the Left. That pretty much leaves schools like Patrick Henry College, Pensacola Christian College, Bob Jones University, Liberty University, etc.
If enough people did that, you would effectively disembowell the Leftist machine.
George Bernard Shaw said it best about textbooks- no one ever learned anything from them.
You couldn't find a book in the library featuring a girl with fair skin, blond hair, and blue eyes? My eldest son always has been a voracious reader, reading big books on his own at a very young age. There came a time when he wondered aloud to me: "I noticed all these characters look like you." (i.e. "white" skin, blue eyes, etc.) Think of all the most popular books. There aren't many books in which the main character is black, for example.
You couldn’t find a book in the library featuring a girl with fair skin, blond hair, and blue eyes?
Yes, there were, but even at age 7, my daughter was trying to say that the illustrations in the library books were not reflecting her reality.
Of course the “Dick and Jane” primers were in use then, and my little first grade mind simply couldn't understand why Dick and Jane's neighborhood and house didn't look like mine? I would ask, “Mommy, where do Dick and Jane live?”
Later as an adult, I had a job in Marion, Ohio. I would joke with my husband, “I know now where Dick and Jane lived! Marion, Ohio!” :-)
Carlson’s special airs tonight at 10pm pst.
After watching Tucker Carlsons Fox News special
on Textbooks and revisionist history, I awoke in the
night with this awful thought.
What if the Obummer regime is purposefully targeting
the elderly through health neglect because they are
the remaining eyewitnesses to historys atrocities
of communism, socialism and fascism?
There is some truth to that, it’s like eliminating the eyewitness of a murder, etc.
You can watch it right now on:
Look how many senior citizens have rolled out for the town hall meetings and against the AARP. 0bama will try to marginalize the older generations for sure. Accuse them of being selfish, stuck in the past, and the ones to blame for the manufactured crisis, etc. Maybe not all that far-fetched.
Homeschool is the way. End public education completely. Let the private market work with private schools and homeschooling. That would end the propaganda for good.
Shaw was also a communist. Textbooks at the time
were Judeo-Christian. Today, Shaw would revere
testbooks. He also believed in giving his money
away and often did ... to total strangers. Easy
for him, he was married to a million heiress.
The only good thing about Shaw was “Saint Joan”
and his friendship with G. K. Chesterton.
While on this subject, consider how few children’s books are about homeschoolers! The few novels I’m finding today for young people with homeschoolers as lead characters tend to be either left-leaning or promoting the view that homeschoolers are very strange.
My son, being a voracious reader, now is a prolific writer. He didn’t used to be interested in writing. Now I can’t seem to stop him from writing. He’s written hundreds of pages of stories using his computer. And, oddly enough, none of his characters resemble him or his reality at all. I tried convincing him there might be a market for a story about someone like him - but, so far, he doesn’t seem to be interested in writing one.
Of course, when my kids were homeschoolers very few families were homeschooling. It was considered very daring. I didn't expect to see any stories about homeschoolers.
Homeschooling could now be as high a 4% of the school age population. I agree with you, children as normal homeschoolers should be, as characters, a natural part of literature for both children and adults.
Aren't we seeing children and adults in wheelchairs in advertising? Well, why not normal homeschoolers in literature?
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