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  • Poll: Millennials desperately need to bone up on the history of communism

    10/18/2016 8:26:38 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 37 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 10/17/16 | Shawn Langlois
    The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, citing survey results released on Monday, blames widespread ignorance for the relatively positive views millennials have toward socialism and communism. Of the 2,300 Americans polled by YouGov, 80% of baby boomers and 91% of the elderly agree with the statement that “communism was and still is a problem” in the world today. Millennials? Only 55%. Furthermore, almost half of Americans between the ages of 16 and 20 said they would vote for a socialist, while 21% would go so far as to back a communist. Capitalism, on the other hand, is viewed favorably by...
  • Pa. bill would require students to know American history, civics

    05/03/2016 6:24:37 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 26 replies
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Two state lawmakers have introduced legislation that would require Pennsylvania’s high school students to have a basic understanding of American history and civics before graduating. House Bill 1858 would require that students pass a test on 100 basic facts from the United States Citizenship Civics Test, the test all immigrants must pass when applying for U.S. citizenship.
  • Most Britons have no idea about Waterloo

    04/25/2015 9:39:10 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 99 replies
    The Local (France) ^ | 20 Apr 2015 08:51 GMT+02:00
    With the 200th anniversary of the famous Battle of Waterloo just two months away a survey in Britain has revealed that most ofthe public know little about it and some even think it's just an Abba song, while many thought the French actually won. A survey of Britons published in the build-up to the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo found three-quarters knew little or nothing about it -- while many thought France won. The poll of 2,070 people for the National Army Museum found 73 percent either knew nothing or next to nothing about the battle, one of...
  • Historic fail? Greatest Americans missing from proposed curriculum

    08/07/2014 2:18:37 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 7,2014 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    New history curriculum standards proposed for top high school students leave out such American icons as Benjamin Franklin and Martin Luther King, Jr., paint colonists as bigots and gloss over the Greatest Generation's fight to save the world from Nazi Germany, according to conservative education activists who want the framework delayed — and perhaps scrapped altogether. “And you’re not going to find Thomas Jefferson and the House of Burgesses and the cradle of democracy either,” said Larry Krieger, who retired in 2005 after more than three decades in the classroom. “And finally, you’re not going to find Benjamin Franklin and...
  • Cosmos Scrubs Religion's Positive Influence from the History of the Scientific Revolution

    03/25/2014 8:03:13 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 61 replies
    Evolution News and Views ^ | March 25, 2014 | Casey Luskin
    Cosmos Scrubs Religion's Positive Influence from the History of the Scientific Revolution Casey Luskin March 25, 2014 5:45 AM | Permalink We live in interesting times. On the one hand, we're constantly assured that science and religion don't conflict. At the same time, we're told -- sometimes by the same people -- that religion hinders science. Perhaps this is to be expected. Materialists want to project a religion-friendly image because popular culture expects it, while at the same time they make arguments that they hope will ultimately erode religious belief. This requires a tricky balancing act, on vivid display in...
  • High School AP History Book Rewrites 2nd Amendment

    09/16/2013 7:55:35 PM PDT · by 2nd amendment mama · 77 replies ^ | 9/16/2013 | RobHino
    It is our duty to stop stuff like this. Guyer High School (and obviously several others) are complicit in attempting to condition students to interpret the 2nd Amendment in a clearly opposite manner in which it was intended. The 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th are also misinterpreted as several commentators below pointed out. This textbook, currently being used by Guyer High School, is attempting to redefine the Second Amendment to impressionable young minds. Parents, you must speak up and demand action. Investigate your child's history book ASAP, and post more pictures in the comments below. Call your school and demand...
  • Connecticut Senate wipes Wright Brothers from history

    06/07/2013 7:41:22 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 50 replies
    upi ^ | June 7, 2013 | KRISTEN BUTLER
    The Connecticut state Senate recently passed a bill striking Orville and Wilbur Wright from history, and assigning credit for the first powered flight to Gustave Whitehead instead. Aviation historian John Brown found photographic evidence in March that Whitehead made a powered flight over Connecticut in 1901, "two years, four months, and three days before the Wright brothers." The relevant section of House Bill 6671 reads, "The Governor shall proclaim a date certain in each year as Powered Flight Day to honor the first powered flight by [the Wright brothers] Gustave Whitehead and to commemorate the Connecticut aviation and aerospace industry."...
  • Connecticut Senate passes bill writing Wright Brothers out of history

    06/05/2013 10:11:10 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 164 replies ^ | 6-5-2013 | Jeremy A. Kaplan
    Are they righting a wrong or wronging the Wrights? The Connecticut Senate passed a bill Tuesday evening that would delete the Wright brothers from history, explicitly stripping recognition for the first powered flight from Orville and Wilbur and assigning it to someone else. “The Governor shall proclaim a date certain in each year as Powered Flight Day to honor the first powered flight by [the Wright brothers] Gustave Whitehead and to commemorate the Connecticut aviation and aerospace industry,” reads House Bill No. 6671, which now sits on the governor’s desk awaiting passage into law. "There’s no question that the Wright...
  • Terrorism? Texas Schools Are Teaching Just That (And More)

    11/26/2012 10:17:50 AM PST · by Thurifer the Censer · 59 replies
    CBS Houston ^ | November 20, 2012 | Mike Opelka
    “A local militia, believed to be a terrorist organization, attacked the property of private citizens today at our nation’s busiest port,” wrote the teachers in charge of organizing the curriculum about the Boston Tea Party. “Although no one was injured in the attack, a large quantity of merchandise, considered to be valuable to its owners and loathsome to the perpetrators, was destroyed. The terrorists, dressed in disguise and apparently intoxicated, were able to escape into the night with the help of local citizens who harbor these fugitives and conceal their identities from the authorities.
  • House OKs Bible course in schools

    02/23/2012 11:50:42 AM PST · by massmike · 4 replies ^ | Howard Fischer
    The state House voted 42-15 Tuesday to allow high schools to teach elective courses on the influence of the Bible on Western culture and civilization. Tuesday's vote came over the objections of House Minority Leader Chad Campbell. The Phoenix Democrat said limiting schools to using the Old and New Testaments "is going to run into a constitutional challenge." But Rep. Terri Proud, R-Tucson, who wrote HB 2563, said she does not see a problem. She said the language allowing the use of the texts for non-religious purposes has been approved by others. Proud did agree to several last-minute changes, including...
  • Evil Studies History ( Deprograming? When do parent have the time? )

    09/25/2011 6:42:15 AM PDT · by wintertime · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 25, 2011 | Christine Biediger
    "His Primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it." Sounds like an excerpt from the Obama playbook, right? Or maybe Saul Alinsky? No, this text comes from an analysis of Adolf Hitler's strategies...
  • Man do we have some dumb teachers teaching students

    06/15/2011 6:55:12 AM PDT · by edcoil · 98 replies
    onlinewsj ^ | 6-15-2011 | edcoil
    Only 35% of fourth-graders knew the purpose of the Declaration of Independence. The news was even more dire in high school, where 12% of 12th-graders were proficient.
  • Norfolk principal apologizes for mock auction of black students

    04/09/2011 8:26:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies ^ | April 9, 2011 | Steve G. Veghe
    NORFOLK The principal of Sewells Point Elementary School has apologized to parents for a teacher's classroom exercise last week that cast her black and mixed-race fourth-graders as available for sale. The apology came after the teacher separated the students from their white classmates and auctioned them, division spokeswoman Elizabeth Thiel Mather said. The exercise was part of an April 1 class on the Civil War. In an April 6 letter sent to parents of students in the class, Principal Mary B. Wrushen wrote: "I recently became aware of a history lesson that was presented to the students in Ms. Jessica...
  • Virginia 4th-grade textbook criticized over claims on black Confederate soldiers

    10/20/2010 8:19:20 AM PDT · by Palter · 139 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 20 Oct 2010 | Kevin Sieff
    A textbook distributed to Virginia fourth-graders says that thousands of African Americans fought for the South during the Civil War -- a claim rejected by most historians but often made by groups seeking to play down slavery's role as a cause of the conflict. The passage appears in "Our Virginia: Past and Present," which was distributed in the state's public elementary schools for the first time last month. The author, Joy Masoff, who is not a trained historian but has written several books, said she found the information about black Confederate soldiers primarily through Internet research, which turned up work...
  • US Schools to Stop Teaching History; Instead Teachers Will Bash “Anglos” and Praise Islam & Castro

    08/11/2010 9:59:15 PM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 50 replies · 2+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 8/12/10 | Lady Liberty
    This is insane. Our nation’s schools are going to stop teaching American history. Instead teachers are going to attack “Anglos” (whitey) and praise Castro and Che. IBD reported: Schools Erase America From U.S. History Arizona’s new law that requires the police to ask people to show ID, which was just knocked out by a supremacist judge, may not be the most controversial Arizona law about illegal aliens. Gov. Jan Brewer signed another law this year that bans schools from teaching classes designed to promote solidarity among students of a particular ethnic group. This law bans classes that “promote the overthrow...
  • Biblical values and Confederates promoted in Texas textbook revisions

    05/22/2010 12:22:41 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 22 replies · 819+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/21/2010 | Tom Leonard
    American students will learn more about the virtues of free enterprise, Biblical values and the Confederacy's cause, and less about slavery and civil rights in a controversial new curriculum being pushed through by the Texas school board. Members of the state's board of education put the finishing touches on Friday to a new history and social studies curriculum for the state's 4.8 million state school students. The proposed programme, which will affect other parts of the US due to Texas's large share of the school textbook market, has prompted months of fierce argument and protests outside the board's headquarters in...
  • Women's Month class project wasn't a 'gay agenda'

    04/17/2010 2:34:39 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies · 761+ views
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | April 16, 2010 | Newark Star-Ledger Editorial Board
    What started as a third-grade lesson on the history of women’s fashions ended this week with a lesson in intolerance. As a project for Women’s History Month, a teacher at the Maude Wilkins School in Maple Shade planned to have her students wear outfits showing how women’s clothing styles have evolved through history. Boys could wear pants or jeans and explain how those have been common for women at various times. In a letter to parents, the teacher explained that boys would "not have to wear a dress or skirt." But after one parent posted a complaint online, bloggers began...
  • Texas ed board adopts social studies standards

    03/12/2010 1:20:27 PM PST · by La Lydia · 37 replies · 1,117+ views
    Google AP ^ | March 12, 2010 | April Castro
    AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas State Board of Education agreed to new social studies standards on Friday after the far-right faction wielded its power to shape the lessons that will be taught to millions of students on American history, the U.S. free enterprise system, religion and other topics. In a vote of 11-4, the board preliminarily adopted the new curriculum after days of charged debate ... Decisions by the board — long led by the social conservatives who have advocated ideas such as teaching more about the weaknesses of evolutionary theory — affects textbook content nationwide because Texas is one...
  • On Fox and Friends Tomorrow: Freeper help with Texas Textbooks?

    03/07/2010 10:21:23 AM PST · by LS · 72 replies · 762+ views
    self | 3/7/2010 | LS
    All: I'm scheduled to appear on three separate Fox shows tomorrow and Tues., including Fox and Friends twice about the upcoming Texas curriculum controversy. I think I have a handle on it, but I'd especially like Texas Freepers to weigh in, especially with any very recent developments I should know about. Is there still a move to make all U.S. history instruction start at 1877, or has that been killed? Are they still seeking to remove Christmas to make room for a Hindu holiday?
  • Look what they're erasing from U.S. history!

    02/11/2010 7:11:23 AM PST · by Britt0n · 283 replies · 5,043+ views ^ | February 11, 2010 | Chelsea Schilling
    A state board of only 15 people will vote on whether to revise U.S. textbooks to omit references to Daniel Boone, Gen. George Patton, Nathan Hale, Columbus Day and Christmas. The Texas State Board of Education will also vote on a proposal to substitute the term "American" with "global citizen." Mathew Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, is warning Americans to speak up before only eight people, with a majority vote, have a chance to literally rewrite American history. He appeared on the "Huckabee Show" to explain why the board's vote matters to the rest of America. Staver said...
  • North Carolina public schools to cut 400 years out of US History

    02/11/2010 11:41:12 AM PST · by csd · 30 replies · 1,680+ views
    Liberty and Pride ^ | February 11, 2010 | CSD
    The North Carolina public school system is planning on making a minor change to the US history curriculum that will be taught to high school students; and by minor change, I mean they are going to cut out 400 years of United States history.
  • How U.S. History is taught could change in N.C.

    02/10/2010 6:38:48 AM PST · by NCDragon · 26 replies · 762+ views ^ | February 10, 2010 | Bruce Mildwurf
    Raleigh, N.C. — A new proposal for the history curriculum in North Carolina public schools is causing uproar. Among the biggest concerns is covering U.S. history only from 1877 to the present in the 11th grade. “There's nothing on the Confederacy, nothing on Robert E. Lee, nothing on Abraham Lincoln, nothing on any battle, nothing on reconstruction, nothing on the causes of the war, nothing on slavery. Nothing on slavery anywhere in the curriculum,” said Dr. Holly Brewer, associate professor of Early American History at North Carolina State University. Brewer opposes the curriculum change and says students would not learn...
  • N.C High Schools to Remove Pre-1877 U.S. History?

    02/03/2010 7:09:53 PM PST · by phi11yguy19 · 121 replies · 5,390+ views ^ | February 3, 2010 | Molly Henneberg
    He may be the president who governed during the Civil War, freeing the slaves, but under a new curriculum proposal for North Carolina high schools, U.S. history would begin years after President Lincoln, with the presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes in 1877.
  • Schools: U.S. History Out, Environment In

    02/03/2010 3:51:04 PM PST · by khnyny · 47 replies · 1,358+ views
    Fox News ^ | February 3, 2010 | Lee Ross
    Change often leads to controversy and that is certainly the case in North Carolina where an effort to revamp the state's education system has some people outraged that high school students will not learn enough American history. The formula for teaching American history has been pretty simple. Start at the beginning and go forward. But a new proposal under review in North Carolina threatens to disrupt that standard teaching philosophy. "If our students don't know what happened in world history, and if they don't know what happened in U.S. history from George Washington's presidency all the way up through the...
  • Howard Zinn (1922–2010)

    01/28/2010 2:05:17 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies · 677+ views
    The New Criterion ^ | Jan 28, 2010 | Jeffrey Greggs
    From the archives: A brief look at the author of A People's History of the United States and the pernicious popularity of his fractured fairy tales. Notes & Comments February 2008 Howard Zinn's fairy tale On the upcoming television adaptation of "A People's History of the United States." Some projects are born fatuous, some achieve fatuousness, some have fatuousness thrust upon them. Which melancholy comedy best fits the news that A People’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn’s anti-American fantasy masquerading as history, is—finally, at last, after so many failed attempts—going to be turned into a television show? Somehow...
  • 'People's History' author Howard Zinn dies at 87

    01/27/2010 5:09:44 PM PST · by wac3rd · 29 replies · 1,116+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 1-27-10 | Hillel Italie
    Howard Zinn, an author, teacher and political activist whose leftist "A People's History of the United States" became a million-selling alternative to mainstream texts and a favorite of such celebrities as Bruce Springsteen and Ben Affleck, died Wednesday. He was 87. Zinn died of a heart attack in Santa Monica, Calif., daughter Myla Kabat-Zinn said. The historian was a resident of Auburndale, Mass. (snip) At a time when few politicians dared even call themselves liberal, "A People's History" told an openly left-wing story. Zinn charged Christopher Columbus and other explorers with genocide, picked apart presidents from Andrew Jackson to Franklin...
  • Texas School Board Defers History Curriculum Vote

    01/16/2010 9:46:59 AM PST · by Dubya · 24 replies · 1,518+ views
    CBS 11 ^ | CBS 11
    Debate was heated at times as the guidelines will dictate what about 4.8 million K-12 students must learn in social studies, history and economics over the next decade. The standards also will be used by textbook publishers who develop material for the nation based on Texas, one of their largest markets. On Friday, the board declined to strike the "Red Scare" from high school history classes, and added a reference to the Venona Papers, research that "confirmed suspicions of communist infiltration in U.S. government." It also agreed to require students to differentiate between "legal and illegal immigration" in a section...
  • Confronting Howard Zinn’s Anti-American Matrix

    12/14/2009 3:45:48 PM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 6 replies · 640+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsRealblog ^ | 14 December, 2009 | Michael van der Galien
    This is my latest post for NewsReal. I thought I'd post it here, because I'm pretty sure you guys will enjoy it. You would think that someone who writes a book called A People’s History of the United States would at the very least believe there is such an entity as the “United States,” wouldn’t you? Well, you’d be mistaken in historian and radical leftist Howard Zinn’s case. In his most famous work, he writes: The pretense is that there really is such a thing as “the United States,” subject to occasional conflicts and quarrels, but fundamentally a community of...
  • The Zinning of America (why the Left-wing controlls the "telling" of our history)

    12/13/2009 8:57:47 PM PST · by JSDude1 · 30 replies · 1,875+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | December 12, 2009 7:06 pm | Ron Radosh
    <p>In 1997, Matt Damon played the part of a janitor who turned out to be not only a math wizard, but one of the most brilliant men you could find anywhere. Trying to impress an arrogant Harvard student, who thought he knew everything, Damon’s character quotes from Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. He tells the Harvard kid and a psychiatrist at the hospital he works at that “you’re surrounding yourself with all the wrong fuckin’ books. You wanna read a real history book, read Howard Zinn’s People’s History of the United States. That book’ll [explitive deleted] you on your [explative].”</p>
  • Black Students Told to Pick Cotton as Slavery Lesson

    11/13/2009 2:21:41 PM PST · by Between the Lines · 40 replies · 1,809+ views
    Opposing Views ^ | November 10, 2009
    It seemed like a good idea -- take an elementary school class on a field trip to a historical plantation. But things turned awkward when the tour guide decided to choose black students to demonstrate how slaves were forced to pick cotton. The incident happened last Wednesday in Charlotte, North Carolina on a visit to the historic Latta Plantation. When the subject turned to slavery, tour guide Ian Campbell, who is black, picked three black students out of the mostly white class to illustrate slaves picking cotton. "I am very enthusiastic about getting kids to think about how people did...
  • Christopher Columbus: Hero or Villain? (School Districts Vary in How They Teach Explorer's Story)

    10/12/2009 6:48:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies · 1,620+ views
    CBS News ^ | 10/12/2009
    Christopher Columbus' stature in U.S. classrooms has declined somewhat through the years, and many districts will not observe the explorer's namesake holiday on Monday. Although lessons vary, many teachers are trying to present a more balanced perspective of what happened after Columbus reached the Caribbean and the suffering of indigenous populations. "The whole terminology has changed," said James Kracht, executive associate dean for academic affairs in the Texas A&M College of Education and Human Development. "You don't hear people using the world 'discovery' anymore like they used to. 'Columbus discovers America.' Because how could he discover America if there were...
  • Darker side of Columbus taught in US classrooms

    10/12/2009 8:05:15 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 69 replies · 1,506+ views
    AP ^ | October 12, 2009 | Christine Armario
    TAMPA, Fla. - Jeffrey Kolowith’s kindergarten students read a poem about Christopher Columbus, take a journey to the New World on three paper ships, and place the explorer’s picture on a timeline through history. Kolowith’s students learn about the explorer’s significance, but they also come away with a more nuanced picture of Columbus than the noble discoverer often portrayed in pop culture and legend. “I talk about the situation where he didn’t even realize where he was,’’ Kolowith said. “And we talked about how he was very, very mean, very bossy.’’ Columbus’s stature in US classrooms has declined somewhat through...
  • New Illinois law forces schools to teach about forced Mexican migration

    08/26/2009 8:08:08 AM PDT · by Jabrown · 23 replies · 891+ views
    The Examiner ^ | 08/25/09 | Jarid Brown
    At a time in which US student lag behind their foreign counterparts in reading, writing and arithmetic; and at a time in which 250 years of American history is taught in selective sound bites with little focus on the complexity of the event, Governor Quinn signed into law legislation requiring schools to educate students as to the forceful removal of Mexican migrants during the Great Depression. The law, written by State Senator, Willie Delgado (D), states, "that the teaching of history shall include ...
  • Students Recall More Hollywood than History

    08/20/2009 12:30:12 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 47 replies · 2,270+ views
    livescience ^ | 12 August 2009 | Jeremy Hsu
    If you thought Tom Cruise's character in "The Last Samurai" represented a real figure from history, you were wrong. But don't feel ashamed. A new study shows that even students, with facts staring them in the face, tend to substitute Hollywood fiction for historical fact in their minds. "What we found is that there's something really special about watching a film that lets people retain information from that film, even when they had read a contradictory account in the textbook," said Andrew Butler, a psychology researcher at Washington University in St. Louis during the time he and his colleagues conducted...
  • Trendy teaching is 'producing a generation of history numbskulls'

    07/01/2009 5:41:54 PM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies · 595+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | July 2, 2009 | Laura Clark
    A generation of teenagers know almost nothing about the history of Britain because schools are sidelining knowledge in favour of trendy topics and generic skills, a university academic has warned. Professor Derek Matthews, an economics lecturer at Cardiff University, was so concerned at his students' lack of historical knowledge that he decided to investigate by setting them five simple questions.
  • Great Caesar’s Ghost! Are Traditional History Courses Vanishing?

    06/15/2009 1:59:43 PM PDT · by khnyny · 31 replies · 918+ views
    The New York Times ^ | June 10, 2009 | Patricia Cohen
    To the pessimists evidence that the field of diplomatic history is on the decline is everywhere. Job openings on the nation’s college campuses are scarce, while bread-and-butter courses like the Origins of War and American Foreign Policy are dropping from history department postings. And now, in what seems an almost gratuitous insult, Diplomatic History, the sole journal devoted to the subject, has proposed changing its title. For many in the field this latest suggestion is emblematic of a broader problem: the shrinking importance not only of diplomatic history but also of traditional specialties like economic, military and constitutional history.
  • Grey Lady Wakes Up

    06/15/2009 8:51:01 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 18 replies · 812+ views
    Campus Report ^ | June 15, 2009 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Gray Lady Wakes Up by: Malcolm A. Kline, June 15, 2009 The dearth of history courses in American colleges and universities has become so obvious that even the New York Times has noticed. “In 1975, for example, three-quarters of college history departments employed at least one diplomatic historian; in 2005 fewer than half did,” Patricia Cohen reported in an article that appeared in The New York Times on June 11, 2009. “The number of departments with an economic historian fell to 31.7 percent from 54.7 percent. By contrast the biggest gains were in women’s history, which now has a representative...
  • Great Caesar’s Ghost! Are Traditional History Courses Vanishing?

    06/13/2009 7:32:51 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 43 replies · 1,014+ views
    New York Times ^ | June 10, 2009 | Patricia Cohen
    To the pessimists evidence that the field of diplomatic history is on the decline is everywhere. Job openings on the nation’s college campuses are scarce, while bread-and-butter courses like the Origins of War and American Foreign Policy are dropping from history department postings. And now, in what seems an almost gratuitous insult, Diplomatic History, the sole journal devoted to the subject, has proposed changing its title. For many in the field this latest suggestion is emblematic of a broader problem: the shrinking importance not only of diplomatic history but also of traditional specialties like economic, military and constitutional history. The...
  • State Board of Education Pulls Reins on &#8220;Radical&#8221; Curriculum Group (TEXAS)t

    04/26/2009 8:30:37 AM PDT · by CHEE · 17 replies · 1,760+ views
    Texas Republic News ^ | April 23, 2009 | James Aalan Bernsen
    Social Studies curriculum group had tossed out traditional American history to make room for left-leaning agenda The Texas State Board of Education on Wednesday came down with a reprimand on its social studies curriculum working group after a draft proposal of the group’s new curriculum came to light showing a series of far-left changes that education bureaucrats wanted to install in place of the traditional Texas social studies curriculum.
  • An Analysis of Bias and Inaccuracies in Text Books

    12/19/2008 5:05:40 AM PST · by Jeliota · 17 replies · 1,218+ views
    American Sentinel ^ | 12/18/08 | James Shott
    What we know and learn about our country during our lifetime we get from media reports; what happened before we were born we learned through the history books we read in school. Knowing the truth about what goes on in the United States today is difficult because our media is increasingly biased and often dishonest. As it turns out, American history textbooks, both old and new, are inaccurate and biased, too, and some of what we thought we knew is false.
  • Kids Told Not to Dress as 'Indians' at Plimoth Plantation

    11/27/2008 4:16:10 AM PST · by Bulldawg Fan · 63 replies · 2,518+ views ^ | 11/27/08 | Sara Burrows
    Wampanoag Indians in a History Channel scene, filmed at Plimoth Plantation (AP Photo) ( – A nine-year-old girl was recently asked to remove her “Indian” costume before entering the Wampanoag Homesite of the Plimoth Plantation, a historical site that allows visitors to experience Plymouth, Mass., as it was in the 17th century. The outdoor museum features a 1627 English village beside a Wampanoag home site. The purpose of the museum is to educate visitors (school-children and adults) about what happened between the Native Americans and the colonists, especially during the first Thanksgiving. The nine-year-old was one of thousands who flock...
  • Thanksgiving costumes banned at school

    11/26/2008 10:50:17 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 52 replies · 2,047+ views
    KABC-TV (Los Angeles) ^ | 25 November 2008 | Rob McMillan
    CLAREMONT, Calif. (KABC) -- There is a costume controversy in Claremont. The school board changed a decades-long tradition of students dressing up to celebrate Thanksgiving, and some parents are outraged. The tradition involves kindergarten students at Mountain View and Condit elementary schools. The kids usually dress up in costumes. Each school takes turns dressing up as pilgrims and Indians, and then join together for a Thanksgiving feast.This year, however, there is a big change. The school board decided to continue holding the feast, but they are not allowing the students to dress up. The board is concerned the Indian costumes...
  • Claremont parents clash over kindergarten Thanksgiving costumes [a racist stereotype," she said....]

    11/25/2008 11:29:16 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 74 replies · 3,193+ views
    Claremont parents clash over kindergarten Thanksgiving costumes Some say having students dress up as pilgrims and Native Americans is 'demeaning.' Their opponents say they are elitists injecting politics into a simple children's celebration. By Seema Mehta November 25, 2008 For decades, Claremont kindergartners have celebrated Thanksgiving by dressing up as pilgrims and Native Americans and sharing a feast. But on Tuesday, when the youngsters meet for their turkey and songs, they won't be wearing their hand-made bonnets, headdresses and fringed vests. Parents in this quiet university town are sharply divided over what these construction-paper symbols represent: A simple child's depiction...
  • Claremont Parents At Odds Over Proper Dress For Thanksgiving Feast (Parents Say "Enough!")

    11/24/2008 5:20:29 PM PST · by truthkeeper · 23 replies · 1,759+ views
    The Inland Empire Daily Bulletin ^ | November 21, 2008 | By Wes Woods II, Staff Writer
    CLAREMONT - Audience members at the school board meeting argued among themselves about whether elementary school students should dress in costume for a Thanksgiving feast. "The Thanksgiving story has been disproved as a myth," parent Diana Linden told the Claremont Unified school board on Thursday night. The board meeting - held for the first time in new district offices at 170 W. San Jose Ave. - was packed with opinionated people on both sides of the issue. The audience cheered loudest for speakers in favor of having the feast in costume. One parent told the school board not to be...
  • Liberal Bias in U.S. History Textbooks? (Fox News Article on FReeper book)

    09/12/2008 6:25:41 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 46 replies · 426+ views ^ | September 11, 2008
    Think the history your kids are being taught in school is fair and balanced? Think again says Larry Schweikart, University of Dayton professor and author of "48 Liberal Lies About American History (That You Probably Learned In School)." Here are four examples from Schweikart's "worst offenders": • "The American Pageant," by Bailey and David Kennedy Schweikart's take: "One of the most long-running and flawed, of these texts, esp. in the Reagan years. On p. 237, I actually have two charts, one from the book, and one reflecting the REAL data (i.e., "real" dollars as a share of GNP — which...
  • Military memories landing in new schoolbooks

    05/24/2008 1:11:13 PM PDT · by SandRat · 82+ views
    TIPP CITY, Ohio — When 83-year-old Edmund Jackson uses a hand trimmer to clip the grass, one of the 22 pieces of shrapnel in his right arm dances under the skin of his wrist. ---- snip ---- The schoolbook program is designed to spark greater interest in history by giving students an emotional connection to it and showing them it’s made by real people like themselves.
  • Why Don't More Colleges Teach Military History?

    04/30/2008 1:20:01 PM PDT · by Braak · 19 replies · 181+ views
    MSN/US News and World Report ^ | 4/30/08 | Justin Ewers
    Five years into the war in Iraq, military history seems to be experiencing a golden age. Hollywood has been cranking out war movies. Publishers have been lining bookstore shelves with new battle tomes, which consumers are eagerly lapping up. Even the critics have been enjoying themselves. Two of the last five Pulitzer Prizes in history were awarded to books about the American military. Four of the five Oscar nominees for best documentary this year were about warfare. Business, for military historians, is good.
  • Inaccurate college textbook slams Spartanburg

    04/29/2008 7:30:34 AM PDT · by Clear Rivers · 12 replies · 96+ views
    Spartanburg Herald-Journal ^ | April 29, 2008 | Linda Conley
    One of the authors of "Mosaic of Thought" has apologized for mistakenly writing that Spartanburg was the scene of some violent incidents during the desegregation era. Inaccurate college textbook slams Spartanburg Violent integration incidents occurred in another city; errors to be fixed in 2nd edition By Linda Conley Published: Tuesday, April 29, 2008 | Updated: 9:16 am Picture this: A teacher is discussing with her students the violence and unrest that occurred in America when public schools integrated almost 40 years ago. The example she is using from her class textbook is the violence that occurred in Spartanburg County. The...
  • 'To train school children in ... loyalty to the state'

    03/19/2008 7:10:13 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 40 replies · 779+ views
    The Las Vegas Review Journal ^ | March 16, 2008 | Vin Surpynowicz
    The New York Times reported Feb. 27 that fewer than half of American teenagers know when the Civil War was fought, and one in four believe Columbus sailed to the New World some time after 1750. About a quarter of the teenagers were unable to correctly identify Hitler as Germany's chancellor in World War II, instead identifying him in a multiple-choice test as a munitions maker or premier of Austria. Why is anyone surprised? The academic curriculum is the "cover," the "front." The real goal is not to ensure, but rather to ensure against successive generations developing a cohesive philosophy...
  • One Dad's Journey To Overthrow American History Curriculum

    03/15/2008 1:24:38 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 134 replies · 2,417+ views
    Red State ^ | March 15, 2008 | Tim Schieferecke
    "I don't want to read anymore of this!" My son angrily threw his history book on the ground. When he cooled down a little, I asked him what was wrong, and he told me in tears about The Trail Of Tears. He couldn't take it. He didn't want to face the fact that our blessed Nation could do something so wrong. He couldn't believe that a lot of our Founding Fathers had been slave owners that had written about freedom while benefitting from the fruits of slave ownership. He was shutting down before my very eyes as to the love...