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'FOX News Reporting: Do You Know What Textbooks Your Children Are Really Reading?'
Fox News ^ | Sept. 4, 2009 | Fox News

Posted on 09/06/2009 6:23:17 AM PDT by Freedom Dignity n Honor

Host Tucker Carlson, asked experts, teachers, publishers and parents the same question: "Do you know what is inside your children's textbooks?" From kindergarten through college, we found staggering errors and omissions which may be pushing agendas, hidden and otherwise.

We spoke to the author of "The Language Police," education historian Diane Ravitch, who said textbook publishers censor images or words they deem to be controversial in children’s textbooks. She told us that publishers pander to special interest groups, and assemble bias and sensitivity review committees. These committees decide what words to ban or redefine, and even what images are deemed offensive.

And we examined some college textbooks both in print and in digital forms. We found a glaring mistake in an expensive history book written by Alan Brinkley, Provost at New York’s Columbia University.

And in Fairfax County Virginia, questions remain about what textbooks are used in the private Islamic Saudi Academy. The ISA teaches about 1000 students each year pre-K — 12. Questions have been raised about its textbooks at least since 2006.

This summer, Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, ISA’s 1999 valedictorian, was sentenced to life in prison for his role in a 2002 Al Qaeda plot to assassinate President George W. Bush.

The ISA is wholly owned by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and teaches students from textbooks, which according to a report by a Saudi scholar interviewed by FOX News, continues to “propagate an ideology of hate to the unbeliever...

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We tracked down two American college professors who were paid by the ISA to review these textbooks. They signed a letter obtained by FOX News that the ISA's 2008-2009 textbooks' do not contain inflammatory material…” One of them sat down for an interview; the other refused.

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: crushislam; fairfaxcounty; godsgravesglyphs; indoctorination; indoctrination; isa; islam; school; textbook; tm
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Did a search and couldn't find it already posted. Everybody needs to watch this.

It shows how Islamists is getting our textbooks changed to suit them.

Please note Gregory Starrett and his comments and attitude about Fox News viewers.

1 posted on 09/06/2009 6:23:18 AM PDT by Freedom Dignity n Honor
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To: Freedom Dignity n Honor

Looks like Fox smells blood in the water. They’ve found the backbone they had prior to their Obama-worshiping period during the election.

Maybe they’ll give Beck a raise while they’re at it.


2 posted on 09/06/2009 6:25:03 AM PDT by TheZMan ("I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.")
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To: Freedom Dignity n Honor
Personally, I'm ticked. The whole "Trouble with Textbooks" segments started with my book, "48 Liberal Lies About American History," released last September. I was on Fox and Friends once, then they started having me on for a regular weekly series where I exposed textbook lies everywhere. This ran for almost five months, sometimes I did two segments a week.

Now the "documentary division" in Washington has this pipsqueak Tucker Carlson steal my segment, and, I assume, will use a lot of my research, but I wasn't interviewed for this. I just think it's not kosher at all.

3 posted on 09/06/2009 6:26:44 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: TheZMan

I didn’t watch this show because I am not a big fan of Tucker Carlson. Did Tucker do a good job on the production? He seems to be always giggling when he talks.


4 posted on 09/06/2009 6:26:49 AM PDT by steven33442
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To: Freedom Dignity n Honor

As an entrepreneur, I see a huge market opportunity for affordable America Friendly private eduation in every town in America.


5 posted on 09/06/2009 6:29:18 AM PDT by Eddie01
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To: Freedom Dignity n Honor

“Did a search and couldn’t find it already posted.
Everybody needs to watch this.”

Agreed.

But the show left me scratching my head and saying
“What took FOX so long?”

Heck, when I was in Los Angeles during 1995-2005, there was all sort
of commentary on shows hosted by Dennis Prager, Michael Medved,
even the Duffy show on 99.5FM, the major Christian-talk station.

Nice to see Tucker did have Diane Ravitch on to give some commentary.
She’s been fighting the good fight for decades.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Diane+Ravitch&x=22&y=21


6 posted on 09/06/2009 6:33:20 AM PDT by VOA
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To: Freedom Dignity n Honor

For a real eye-opener, sit down and watch the Saturday Morning Cartoons with your kids — it ain’t the “Bugs Bunny” and “Mighty Mouse” we grew up with....

If you can keep from going into diabetic shock from the general sacharine overload, you’ll be amazed at the level of anti-business, anti-American, and anti-PARENT, leftist propaganda your kids are being fed between the commercials....


7 posted on 09/06/2009 6:34:31 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: LS

I was wondering what happened to you—I expected you to be in these segments!


8 posted on 09/06/2009 6:37:01 AM PDT by Aggie Mama
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To: Freedom Dignity n Honor

It’s about damn time. I don’t trust government schools to teach any subject well, not math, not science, and certainly not “social studies.” The textbooks are highly suspect, but how many parents read them?


9 posted on 09/06/2009 6:37:19 AM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: Aggie Mama

Yeah, I kinda got blindsided. The people in NY-—the “Fox and Friends” crew, had nothing to do with this. I suspect old Tucker was given this assignment by someone higher up cause he had nothing to do.


10 posted on 09/06/2009 6:38:53 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: Eddie01

Go to a homeschool convention some time. You’ll see it in action. These are big. The SE Homeschool I spoke at was about 7,000.


11 posted on 09/06/2009 6:39:45 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: LS

This was a damn good documentary. I think it aired 10PM ET last night. I didn’t see the whole thing, but caught the first 25-30 minutes.

Most of the first REALLY BAD, i.e., “diversity first,” massively indoctrinating textbooks were published the year I graduated from high school (1993).

It’s amazing how far we’ve fallen in just 15 years.

Tucker Carlson is the host, which kind of threw me for a loop. I thought he was with CNN or MSNBC.

Anyway, he did an excellent job of confronting a professor (Columbia U?) on the street who co-authored a textbook which claimed that up until mid-2002 (the year/time the textbook in question was published) only ONE PERSON had been charged with terrorism related to the 9/11 attacks.

In actuality, Carlson said the REAL number of people charged - at that time - was over 100.

So now a revised edition of the book is coming out later in the year, and all the author would say is basically “buy the new version and see if you agree with our revisions.”

Oh, and the new version is not $60 (as the first printing was), but closer to $75.

LOL.


12 posted on 09/06/2009 6:44:39 AM PDT by library user
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To: LS

I watched and had expected to see you.


13 posted on 09/06/2009 6:46:20 AM PDT by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghan Honor Roll students.)
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To: Freedom Dignity n Honor

It’s a poorly produced and haphazard selection of “facts.” A total dump of b-roll footage under the headline of investigative journalism.

There’s a bit where kids weigh their backpacks for no apparent reason and then it immediately veers to “scary Saudi Muslim school in the United States” before admitting that offending no one helps the companies involved sell more books.

More an ills of mass marketing piece than an educational bias expose.

Watched it last night and I want my hour back.


14 posted on 09/06/2009 6:47:57 AM PDT by sbMKE
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To: TheZMan
Looks like Fox smells blood in the water. They’ve found the backbone they had prior to their Obama-worshiping period during the election.

I think the ratings they're getting is a big factor. Barely any paying clientel tunes into the other networks now as they won't touch the truth.

FOX is the only voice out there that covers the nightmare this administration is for America.

KUDOS all the same!

15 posted on 09/06/2009 6:48:55 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: sbMKE
Actually, they offended everyone but Muslims greatly. Moses "claimed to" but Mohammad "is." Like Christianity is a myth but Islam is rock solid truth.

I only watched it to catch the part about Gregory Starrett. I'd saw that section earlier in passing and was very offended by his words.

Doesn't matter how well or poorly produced, facts are facts and it gets them out there.

It also shows the proof of how the textbooks are changed.

Most state education boards choose textbooks for their state instead of letting local or regional school boards do the choosing. Perhaps, that needs to change.

16 posted on 09/06/2009 6:53:07 AM PDT by Freedom Dignity n Honor (There are permanent moral truths.)
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To: TheZMan

Hope so.


17 posted on 09/06/2009 6:54:41 AM PDT by Freedom Dignity n Honor (There are permanent moral truths.)
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To: LS

I’m sorry. I don’t know anything about this. I think I’ll get your book, though.


18 posted on 09/06/2009 6:55:23 AM PDT by Freedom Dignity n Honor (There are permanent moral truths.)
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To: Eddie01

I do, too.


19 posted on 09/06/2009 6:55:44 AM PDT by Freedom Dignity n Honor (There are permanent moral truths.)
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To: VOA

bump


20 posted on 09/06/2009 6:56:09 AM PDT by Freedom Dignity n Honor (There are permanent moral truths.)
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To: Uncle Ike

I will try to do that.


21 posted on 09/06/2009 6:56:32 AM PDT by Freedom Dignity n Honor (There are permanent moral truths.)
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To: coloradan

I doubt very many parents read the textbooks, at all.


22 posted on 09/06/2009 6:57:12 AM PDT by Freedom Dignity n Honor (There are permanent moral truths.)
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To: Caipirabob

Yes, Fox seems to be mopping the floor with the SRM.


23 posted on 09/06/2009 6:58:04 AM PDT by Freedom Dignity n Honor (There are permanent moral truths.)
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To: Eddie01
As an entrepreneur, I see a huge market opportunity for affordable America Friendly private eduation in every town in America.

Nice...I could get behind something like that. My younger daughters are nearly done with high school, and had I known when they all started what I know now, I would have wanted something like you propose as an option.

24 posted on 09/06/2009 7:00:51 AM PDT by Mygirlsmom (The only reason we're " wee-wee'd up" is that the Left has been PISSING On AMERICA for too long now.)
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To: Freedom Dignity n Honor

If you really care about your kids education you will make the sacrifices necessary to put them in Catholic school.


25 posted on 09/06/2009 7:01:10 AM PDT by AzaleaCity5691
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To: Eddie01

The curriculum, technology, and companies exist to do this. The problems is churches and parents - both of which are addicted to that form of aid-to-dependent-parents known absurdly as “free public schools”.

We love our middle-class welfare entitlements...


26 posted on 09/06/2009 7:06:44 AM PDT by achilles2000 (Shouting "fire" in a burning building is doing everyone a favor...whether they like it or not)
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To: coloradan

How many parents read the textbooks? Virtually none, of course. In any event, most of the parents wouldn’t recognize the rubbish if they did read them because they were taught versions of the same thing, or they wouldn’t care.


27 posted on 09/06/2009 7:09:29 AM PDT by achilles2000 (Shouting "fire" in a burning building is doing everyone a favor...whether they like it or not)
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To: Freedom Dignity n Honor

“Most state education boards choose textbooks for their state instead of letting local or regional school boards do the choosing. Perhaps, that needs to change.”

And in what parallel universe will this happen? Moreover, the same types of books would generally be chosen at ANY LEVEL by our highly trained education professionals because they are throughly indoctrinated to believe the very things that are in the books.


28 posted on 09/06/2009 7:12:05 AM PDT by achilles2000 (Shouting "fire" in a burning building is doing everyone a favor...whether they like it or not)
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To: Freedom Dignity n Honor
I only watched it to catch the part about Gregory Starrett. I'd saw that section earlier in passing and was very offended by his words.

What did he say?

29 posted on 09/06/2009 7:12:56 AM PDT by Krodg
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To: LS
I do not blame you. I read the headline and anticipated to see your name but nooooo.
30 posted on 09/06/2009 7:14:14 AM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: library user

Think of how much better it would have been with me in it :)


31 posted on 09/06/2009 7:18:26 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: Freedom Dignity n Honor
It shows how Islamists is getting our textbooks changed to suit them.
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What about Marxist and communist influences in the textbooks?

Marxism is our nation's **most** urgent and serious threat. Schools are the Marxists’ most powerful and important weapon.

32 posted on 09/06/2009 7:19:28 AM PDT by wintertime (People are not stupid! Good ideas win!)
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To: Freedom Dignity n Honor

This was news 30 years ago when Turner started buying up our kids textbook publishers....pretty much creeping commie filth ever since. Good to see it introduced to this generation tho’ (at least for the few in this generation that watches Fox news). Also good to see liberal heads explode anytime!


33 posted on 09/06/2009 7:22:39 AM PDT by CRBDeuce (here, while the internet is still free of the Fairness Doctrine)
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To: Freedom Dignity n Honor
The most popular hisory texts today are by Howard Zinn, a 9-11 "truther."
34 posted on 09/06/2009 7:22:57 AM PDT by cookcounty ("Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire." ---Yeats)
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To: LS

I saw many of those segments. And yes, puzzled as to why they funnelled this off to Carlson.

Your book and appearances really shed light on the extent of how these textbooks are so biased.


35 posted on 09/06/2009 7:24:29 AM PDT by UCFRoadWarrior (Isolationism and Protectionism make a stronger nation than Idealism and Globalism)
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To: TheZMan

The good thing about “Obama Day” in the schools Tuesday, is that it has focused renewed attention on Obama’s close fellowship with extremely radical “educators.”

The American people are slow to wake up, but they are not liking less and less what they see.


36 posted on 09/06/2009 7:28:11 AM PDT by cookcounty ("Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire." ---Yeats)
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To: Eddie01
As an entrepreneur, I see a huge market opportunity for affordable America Friendly private eduation in every town in America.
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Government schools are a price-fixed monopoly that is giving a service away for FREE! If CEO’s of a private industry were to collude to undercut the price of a service or product in an effort to drive out the competition, they would be facing jail time.

The only solution I see is for conservatives to form private educational foundations that would award grants to individual teachers. The teachers would open **tuition-free** private one room school houses, mini-schools, or homeschool co-ops. The conservative foundations would certify the teacher, approve the curriculum, test the students, and run sport teams and group theater and art programs.

The conservative foundations must also politically organize its parents to work for the complete shut down of the government K-12 system of schools.

If government is giving its educational services away for free, the conservations must match this price: FREE!

37 posted on 09/06/2009 7:29:12 AM PDT by wintertime (People are not stupid! Good ideas win!)
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To: Freedom Dignity n Honor

We want TRUTH ! We adults can handle TRUTH. I am sick to death of the Lies and Distortions simply because the media thinks everyone outside of the Beltway are complete idiots.


38 posted on 09/06/2009 7:33:10 AM PDT by dbrew2u
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To: AzaleaCity5691

Or sacrifice even more and do it yourself.


39 posted on 09/06/2009 7:37:40 AM PDT by JenB
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To: Freedom Dignity n Honor
"Yes, Fox seems to be mopping the floor with the SRM.

A lot of this has to do with the networks going with a "personality trumps all" philosophy and believeing that ratings are the result of nice personalities rather than serious analysis. That's why ABC just picked the sweetly witless Diane Sawyer. Curiously, it's the same philosophy that Obama runs under (and is now stumbling under).

Americans love someone who can deliver a good first impression....we love it for awhile....and then: Rasmussen -11 and going down.

40 posted on 09/06/2009 7:38:11 AM PDT by cookcounty ("Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire." ---Yeats)
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To: Freedom Dignity n Honor

I seem to be suffering from a bit of “cranial constipation” this morning (no coffee yet). Where is the link to the video on the Fox page?


41 posted on 09/06/2009 7:38:22 AM PDT by Bob
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To: AzaleaCity5691

My youngest is almost 23 yo. Fortunately, we were able to innoculate them and deflect 99.9999% of the brainwashing. We are fortunate that we live in a very conservative place and at one point, in grade school, even part of the Bible was taught.


42 posted on 09/06/2009 7:41:33 AM PDT by Freedom Dignity n Honor (There are permanent moral truths.)
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To: Freedom Dignity n Honor

This was an excellent expose, but it really could have had a whole show in each of the segments. I guess it would have been difficult to make it interesting, though. I would sure like to see more examples of the “new history”. That was the first that I had heard about the two Thanksgivings. Can you imagine if your kid came home and told you that the first Thanksgiving was in April, not November? You wouldn’t know what he was talking about.


43 posted on 09/06/2009 7:43:07 AM PDT by Eva (union motto - Aim for mediocrity, it's only fair.)
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To: Eddie01
"As an entrepreneur, I see a huge market opportunity for affordable America Friendly private eduation in every town in America.

You're right, but that "affordable" word is the big rub. In some states,charter schools are filling that gap.Hee in Colorado, people litterally try to sign their kids up for a waiting list as soon as they're born.

44 posted on 09/06/2009 7:43:46 AM PDT by cookcounty ("Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire." ---Yeats)
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To: JenB

I don’t know enough of Catholic theology or social teaching that I could provide 8-12 years of daily lessons on the Catholic faith like you get in school. That’s why I have paid the tuition to put every kid through Catholic school at least through the 8th grade and have tried to convince the kids to all go Catholic for high school (as it turned out, we ended up splitting the kids between several schools)

That’s why there is a Catholic school system in the first place, to give kids a Catholic education. I myself, I get my communion every week and I do my hour at church but I have forgotten a lot of what I was taught as a kid and in no way would I be qualified to teach my children all the ins and outs of the faith


45 posted on 09/06/2009 7:44:37 AM PDT by AzaleaCity5691
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To: achilles2000; Freedom Dignity n Honor
“Most state education boards choose textbooks for their state instead of letting local or regional school boards do the choosing. Perhaps, that needs to change.”(Freedom Dignity n Honor)
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achilles2000,

It is amazing how many conservatives persist in believing that government schools can be reformed. I have seen the following posted **repeatedly**:

* If only the Department of Education were shut down...
* If only there were local control...
* If only local school boards chose the textbooks...
* If only conservatives would elect better school board members...
* If only the NEA were outlawed...
* If only we had parents that supervised their children...
* If only parents would complain more...
* If only teachers had to get a real degree instead of an education degree...
* If only we had better textbooks and curriculum.
* If only that taught Singapore Math...
* If only they taught phonics...
* If only they got the politics, religion, and culture out of the schools... ( Of course that's impossible!)
* If only schools would teach both sides of the issue...
* If only schools were neutral...( Impossible!)

(I am surely that I have forgotten a few.)

All of these people believe that government schools can be reformed. All of these people fail to realize:

GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS CAN NOT BE REFORMED!!! GOVERENMENT SCHOOLS ARE AND ALWAYS WERE A SOCIALIST PROGRAM. SOCIALISM CAN NOT BE REFORMED!!!!

Regardless of what is taught, government schools teach children that it is OK for the government to extract money from their neighbor ( under police threat) to pay for a service that their parents want for FREE!

Give children a government school object lesson in socialism every day for 13 years or more years and the adult will vote for FDR and his New Deal, and every other socialist program that has existed in the last century and now the 21st century.

( Yes, I am shouting. I am exasperated at how densely stupid conservatives can be. )

46 posted on 09/06/2009 7:45:53 AM PDT by wintertime (People are not stupid! Good ideas win!)
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To: Freedom Dignity n Honor

This was a great piece of journalism. Many people have no idea how bad our socialized schools are.

We need to do away with government schools and return to a capitalist schooling system.

http://www.schoolandstate.org/case.htm


47 posted on 09/06/2009 7:49:44 AM PDT by SUSSA
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To: AzaleaCity5691

Well, not to argue with what would work for your own family, but there are plenty of curriculumn out there that could teach your kids the same theology they’d get at Catholic schools, and it’s hard for me to believe they can beat the success rate of homeschoolers at raising kids who stay involved Christians (98% I believe in one recent study)

Personally, based on the “Catholic social teachings” I was exposed to at the Catholic university I attended I’d rather teach the kids their values myself but I hope most Catholic schools don’t have too much social justice nonsense.


48 posted on 09/06/2009 7:50:51 AM PDT by JenB
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To: wintertime

If only....indeed.

The Second Fundamental Truth of Government Education:

GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS CANNOT BE REFORMED

Too many “conservatives” want their “free government education cheese”.


49 posted on 09/06/2009 7:50:53 AM PDT by achilles2000 (Shouting "fire" in a burning building is doing everyone a favor...whether they like it or not)
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To: Freedom Dignity n Honor
Nope. I just know that Darwin was right about everything, Christians are rightwing extremists, and it's OK to be gay...

50 posted on 09/06/2009 7:50:53 AM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out ( <<< click my name: now featuring Freeper classifieds .)
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