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Context and balance often found lacking [ More on the US Textbook Scandal ]
THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | March, 28, 2004 | By George Archibald

Posted on 03/28/2004 8:29:08 AM PST by TaxRelief

Edited on 07/12/2004 3:41:32 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

The latest editions of the most widely used social studies textbooks across the country are full of errors and politically correct bias, reviews show.

Publisher McDougal Littell's high school "World History: Patterns of Interaction" blames explorer Christopher Columbus for "the beginnings of an era of widespread cruelty and bloodshed" in the Americas, but fails to mention Aztec, Mayan and Toltec Indian practices of forced labor and cutting out hearts of opponents while they were still alive.


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


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Texas; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: communism; corrupt; diversity; economicstexts; education; educrats; glencoe; highschool; history; historyeducation; historytexts; homeschool; hseconomics; hsworldhistory; mcdougallittel; multiculturalism; pc; politicallycorrupt; revisedhistory; schoolbias; schools; socialism; teachers; textbook; textbooks; textbookscandal
They promise to correct their mistakes; They refuse to believe they are undermining the education of America's kids; They've repeatedly placated the press with their virtually useless "open-book initiative"; Too many undereducated teachers rely on textbooks that misinform and deconstruct.


This passage from Glencoe's "Global Insights" actually celebrates communism in China and it's contribution to equal rights for women:

Under China’s 1950 constitution, the Communists introduced major changes for women. The constitution declared, "Women enjoy equal rights with men in all spheres of political, economic, cultural, social, and family life. Men and women enjoy equal pay for equal work."
br> China’s marriage law also gave women the right to own property and to keep their family name. Today, Chinese women have become more independent. Almost all women work outside the home, and many hold high-level jobs in the Communist party or as factory managers. The government has set up day-care centers and nurseries so that young mothers can be free to work outside the home. (While their children are brainwashed in a government institution.)



Does anyone really wonder why the intellectualism (not intelligence) of some of America's young adults is at an all time low? Does anyone really wonder why a portion of the next generation has lost all fear of totalitarianism, socialism, fascism and communism?

Wisconsin Schools Review (Warning pdf file, worth downloading!)
Texas Public Policy Foundation Social Studies Textbook errors list Parent resource (excellent) pdf
1 posted on 03/28/2004 8:29:11 AM PST by TaxRelief
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To: TaxRelief
HOMESCHOOL
2 posted on 03/28/2004 8:33:19 AM PST by farmer18th
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To: farmer18th
HOMESCHOOL

With which Social Studies textbooks at the High School level?

3 posted on 03/28/2004 8:35:43 AM PST by TaxRelief (God bless America and God bless our troops!)
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To: TaxRelief
SHAMELESS PLUG ALERT! "A PATRIOT'S HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES" will be coming out in NOVEMBER from Penquin from yours truly and Michael Allen.

This is a one-volume, CONSERVATIVE (I'd say, "honest") U.S. history trade book that will double as a text (we wanted to avoid a "text" label for sales reasons).

Penquin is really going to market this. I'm serious---they are going to give it both barrels. All Freepers, stop complaining about "no history books on the right" and support our book (and make us rich!)

4 posted on 03/28/2004 8:45:43 AM PST by LS (CNN is the Amtrack of news.)
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To: TaxRelief
Thread for the first article in the series (March 28, 2004)
Textbooks flunk text by George Archibald.
5 posted on 03/28/2004 8:49:10 AM PST by TaxRelief (God bless America and God bless our troops!)
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To: LS
What "grade" level is it not?
6 posted on 03/28/2004 8:51:22 AM PST by TaxRelief (God bless America and God bless our troops!)
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To: TaxRelief
The good thing about homeschooling, I imagine, is that you can use whichever you like. Though that's just a guess. But even if you can't, the other good thing about it is that you can supplement that textbook education with other sources. You can point out to your kid how so and so parts are full of it, whereas in a public school, it's unlikely or nil that any public school teacher would even come close to telling the students just how loaded their history books are.

Anyway, homeschooling certainly appeals to me, especially after reading crap like this. Though I'm not married nor do I have kids, so thankfully that decision is a good long way off.
7 posted on 03/28/2004 8:57:07 AM PST by Green Knight (Looking forward to seeing Jeb stepping over Hillary's rotting political corpse in 2008.)
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To: LS
I refuse! You, sir, are an irredeemably corrupt and contemptible person for wishing to pursue monetary success. Shame on you!

/Socialist response

Anyway, no need to feel shameless. I appreciate your bringing it up, and I'll check out your book whenever possible. :)
8 posted on 03/28/2004 8:59:19 AM PST by Green Knight (Looking forward to seeing Jeb stepping over Hillary's rotting political corpse in 2008.)
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To: TaxRelief
"They refuse to believe they are undermining the education of America's kids."

I disagree. I think they know exactly what they are doing.
9 posted on 03/28/2004 9:04:55 AM PST by Bahbah
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To: TaxRelief
Don't use textbooks! Go to a wide varity of homeschooling sources to find other ways to teach history.

Greenleaf Press

Well Trained Mind

Happy hunting!

10 posted on 03/28/2004 9:05:37 AM PST by TruthConquers
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To: LS
I am going to try and overcome my "oldtimers" forgetfullness and remember to look for this in November. I hope you do get rich.
11 posted on 03/28/2004 9:06:34 AM PST by Bahbah
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To: TaxRelief
With which Social Studies textbooks at the High School level?

I wouldn't use any textbooks. I would stick to primary sources--journals, newspaper accounts, autobiographies. (I admit these can be tough resources to collect; when I first started buying up history books, I found that the average retail bookstore has more biographies of Marilyn Monroe than they do copies of Benjamin Franklin's autobiography). It can, however, be done. If you use a history textbook for the early republic, you might try www.interloc.com or www.abebooks.com to find textbooks that were written prior to 1900. Some of those are really good.
12 posted on 03/28/2004 9:10:48 AM PST by farmer18th
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To: TaxRelief
Where are the competing books? It is pointless to condem these texts without a competing text book.

Remember the name of most social studies teachers is "Coach".

Teachers don't think, they follow these books. Parents need to know these books are crippling their child's future. Perhaps the same parents who want vouchers can support accuracy in texts. Does the SAT even consider history of the USA. Perhaps it should.

15 posted on 03/28/2004 9:16:48 AM PST by longtermmemmory (Vote!)
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To: TaxRelief
BTTT
16 posted on 03/28/2004 9:17:40 AM PST by Fiddlstix (This Space Available for Rent or Lease by the Day, Week, or Month. Reasonable Rates. Inquire within.)
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To: TaxRelief
No mention that socialism is based on a belief that man must be forced by government to support others, said San Antonio history teacher Scott K. Harris

The text devotes 47 pages to communism , 18 pages to socialism, but just four pages to capitalism

That pretty well sums it up...

17 posted on 03/28/2004 9:19:55 AM PST by Libertina
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To: Papatom
At what age should kids be sat down and told the facts about the Marxist, extreme left?


Not sure. What age do they teach kids about the Holocaust? Whatever that is, it's probably a good age to teach kids about the 110,000,000 innocent people put into the ground by the Communists.
18 posted on 03/28/2004 9:29:58 AM PST by Green Knight (Looking forward to seeing Jeb stepping over Hillary's rotting political corpse in 2008.)
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To: farmer18th
Homeschooling does NOT solve the problem. It is not our own children who are the issue. The rest of the children in the schools will grow up learn doublespeak, be indoctrinated by GLSEN and when your one child grows up to vote, they will be washed out by 100 ignorant voters who think hitlaries socialist ideas are as american as watermellon pie.
19 posted on 03/28/2004 9:35:29 AM PST by longtermmemmory (Vote!)
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To: TaxRelief
Separation of school and state bump!
20 posted on 03/28/2004 9:47:54 AM PST by TheDon (John Kerry, self proclaimed war criminal, Democratic Presidential nominee)
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To: TaxRelief
It's college fresh level.
21 posted on 03/28/2004 9:50:28 AM PST by LS (CNN is the Amtrack of news.)
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To: TaxRelief
Abeka or Bob Jones are two options.

An excellent option for American History is for them to read Peter Marshall series The Light and the Glory.
22 posted on 03/28/2004 9:57:56 AM PST by notpoliticallycorewrecked (Beware there is a tagline thief lurking on FR!)
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To: longtermmemmory
Perhaps History at the High School level should not be taught from textbooks, per se.

I was taught World History through research projects and from historical writings, including various important documents relevant to each country and each time period.
23 posted on 03/28/2004 11:11:08 AM PST by TaxRelief (God bless America and God bless our troops!)
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To: Papatom
At what age should kids be sat down and told the facts about the Marxist, extreme left?

When our son came home from school and proudly proclaimed that capitalism and communism were both out of date. The appropriate economic system according to his teacher was "The Third Way". It involves letting the hard working industrialists work as much as they like. Simply tax their efforts for the money to fund the social programs.

I thought now was the appropriate time to explain socialism, communism, and capitalism. I told my son that he could have that belief but he should realize that with the acheivements he was piling up in school he would be one of the hard working capitalists who was taxed up the ying yang to pay for the socialist's programs. That started him thinking and we have another member of the vast right wing conspiracy in the household.

Off the subject, but when his classmates were discussing the benefits of the Estate Tax, my son pointed out that many of the left leaning kids who supported the tax would find the government gobbling up much of their inheritance when they sell the family home upon their parents death. You see their homes were worth several million each and would easily move the family into the estate tax range should the parents die.

24 posted on 03/28/2004 11:12:14 AM PST by KC_for_Freedom (Sailing the highways of America, and loving it.)
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To: TaxRelief
I took World History as a high school elective in 1958.

When we got to the communism part, I remember commenting to the teacher that, it seemed to me, once you got everyone's standard of living up, communism wouldn't be a bad way to live. She exploded. Nowadays, I'd probably have gotten an A for the year.

Born too soon.

25 posted on 03/28/2004 11:26:18 AM PST by gcruse (http://gcruse.typepad.com/)
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To: TaxRelief
I'm a senior at New Rochelle High School in NY. I can tell you that last year, our American history textbook was one of the most biased (left-wing) things I have ever read. It slammed Republicans for just about everything and had about 3 times as many pages on Clinton as it did on Reagan. I know that this year's American history students were required to buy a supplemental textbook by Howard Zinn. If you're not familiar with this radical, some of the following links may be enlightening, to say the least:
http://www.zmag.org/bios/homepage.cfm?authorID=97

Book excerpt: http://www.english.upenn.edu/~afilreis/50s/zinn-chap16.html

Biography:
http://www.brainyencyclopedia.com/encyclopedia/h/ho/howard_zinn.html

I will say, however, that the textbook that we're using in AP U.S. Government & Politics this year was written by two conservative Republicans, one of whom is a prof at UPenn (where I'll be going next year) and one of whom writes frequently in the Wall Street Journal.

-sdk
PS: You can only imagine how objective our teacher is.

26 posted on 03/28/2004 11:30:09 AM PST by sdk7x7 ("This time I think the Americans are serious. Bush is not like Clinton. I think this is the end.")
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To: longtermmemmory
Homeschooling does NOT solve the problem.

It does for your own children, but I do agree with your broader point that we need to dismantle or reform the public system. For that to happen, I think us limited government types are going to have to start by being a little less afraid of the voucher system. I talk to LOTS of public school teachers who do the passive-agressive thing with the looney left curriculum. They teach what their conscience tells them to teach. If we could start taking back our money in the form of vouchers, we could even pretend we would honor the attached strings, while lieing through our teeth for the sake of righteousness.
27 posted on 03/28/2004 11:33:31 AM PST by farmer18th
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To: gcruse
I took World History as a high school elective in 1958.

In 1956, my high school teachers were visibly upset that the communists were snuffing out freedom in Hungary.

28 posted on 03/28/2004 1:57:56 PM PST by rustbucket
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To: rustbucket
I remember that when I was in junior high. Not that they were upset, just the event itself. Tears were shed in the sixties over the Czech invasion, though.
29 posted on 03/28/2004 2:26:54 PM PST by gcruse (http://gcruse.typepad.com/)
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To: rustbucket
Now look at modern academia. The teachers are visibly upset that the US and the West are snuffing out Communism.
30 posted on 03/28/2004 8:55:26 PM PST by endthematrix (To enter my lane you must use your turn signal!)
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To: sdk7x7
That is what happened. When, right after the war, the American public, war-weary, seemed to favor demobilization and disarmament, the Truman administration (Roosevelt had died in April 1945) worked to create an atmosphere of crisis and cold war. True, the rivalry with the Soviet Union was real--that country had come out of the war with its economy wrecked and 20 million people dead, but was making an astounding comeback, rebuilding its industry, regaining military strength. The Truman administration, however, presented the Soviet Union as not just a rival but an immediate threat. In a series of moves abroad and at home, it established a climate of fear--a hysteria about Communism--which would steeply escalate the military budget and stimulate the economy with war-related orders. This combination of policies would permit more aggressive actions abroad, more repressive actions at home.

This passage by Howard Zinn, from your link, is completely wrong.

Are you a fan of Zinn (in which case I will explain the errors in this passage); or are you warning us that kids in NY State High Schools are getting a double dose of bad historical writings?

31 posted on 03/29/2004 5:04:12 PM PST by TaxRelief (God bless America and God bless our troops!)
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To: Libertina
We need to come up with the "Top Ten Reasons to get your Kids out of Public Schools".

Here's some possibilities--

#10: Because public school systems make purchases based on bulk discounts rather than quality, the textbooks are inaccurate, agenda-laced and have very little actual content.

#9: Christianity is not allowed in the school building, is treated like the evil step-sister and is ridiculed openly by students and faculty alike.

#8: Public schools may have been good enough for you when you were a kid, but because everything has now been dumbed down to the lowest common denominator, public schools are not what they were 30 years ago. They are not good enough for any kid. reference

32 posted on 03/29/2004 5:52:36 PM PST by TaxRelief (God bless America and God bless our troops!)
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To: TaxRelief
I'm warning that kids in NY are getting the usual dose of liberalism from Zinn that they get from their teachers every day.
33 posted on 03/31/2004 5:18:20 PM PST by sdk7x7 ("This time I think the Americans are serious. Bush is not like Clinton. I think this is the end.")
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To: sdk7x7
Thanks for the heads-up concerning "Zinn".

How does a teenager actually learn history in the face of this blatant misprepresentation of historical events? What would you suggest?
34 posted on 04/02/2004 3:39:50 AM PST by TaxRelief (Become a dollar-a-day donor and help end the quarterly fundraisers!)
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