Skip to comments.'FOX News Reporting: Do You Know What Textbooks Your Children Are Really Reading?'
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...
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 ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
As an entrepreneur, I see a huge market opportunity for affordable America Friendly private eduation in every town in America.
“Did a search and couldn’t find it already posted.
Everybody needs to watch this.”
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.
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....
I was wondering what happened to you—I expected you to be in these segments!
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?
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.
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.
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.
I watched and had expected to see you.
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.
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!
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.
I’m sorry. I don’t know anything about this. I think I’ll get your book, though.
I do, too.
I will try to do that.
I doubt very many parents read the textbooks, at all.
Yes, Fox seems to be mopping the floor with the SRM.
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.
If you really care about your kids education you will make the sacrifices necessary to put them in Catholic school.
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...
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.
“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.
What did he say?
Think of how much better it would have been with me in it :)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Or sacrifice even more and do it yourself.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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. )
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.
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.
The Second Fundamental Truth of Government Education:
GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS CANNOT BE REFORMED
Too many “conservatives” want their “free government education cheese”.