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  • Fourth Grade Teacher Details How Schools Push Ban History And Leftist Agendas

    08/01/2020 1:41:49 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 1, 2020 | Paulina Enk
    The parents don't even know what's going on because it's all at school,' says a fourth grade teacher in an interview. 'The parents question very little and they just assume the teacher knows what they're doing.' A world without textbooks or homework and where getting the wrong answer is celebrated may sound like an elementary student’s dream, but if such a fantasy becomes a reality, it would damage a generation of young minds. That is, however, exactly what is happening in many public elementary schools.Recently, I spoke with a fourth-grade teacher from the midwest, who shared her experience witnessing the...
  • Virginia School District Develops New ‘Anti-Racist’ Curriculum Shaped by Southern Poverty Law Center

    07/07/2020 1:01:37 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 45 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 7, 2020 | Alex Nester
    Teachers in Virginia's largest school district have developed a new "anti-racist" and "culturally responsible" curriculum that will be available to students as early as this fall. Social studies teachers from Fairfax County collaborated with other Virginia public school teachers to revamp their history curriculum, using a framework from Teaching Tolerance, the educational arm of the liberal nonprofit Southern Poverty Law Center. The new curriculum encourages students to "examine materials, events, and institutions critically attending to power, position, and bias" and will be available for use in 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, and 11th-grade classrooms. Colleen Eddy, Fairfax County Public Schools social...
  • Disputed Hydroxychloroquine Study Published in Lancet Brings Scientific Scrutiny to Surgisphere, the Company Behind the Study

    05/31/2020 9:38:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    The Scientist ^ | 05/30/2020 | Catherine Offord
    "Scientists have raised questions about the dataset published in The Lancet last week that triggered the suspension of clinical trials around the world—and about Surgisphere Corporation, the company behind the study. " Surgisphere Corporation, the company that supplied data for a controversial study on the health risks of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 patients published in The Lancet last week (May 22), has found itself in the spotlight after researchers raised questions about the dataset. The Lancet study, which lists Surgisphere founder and CEO Sapan Desai as one of four coauthors, reported harmful effects tied to the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine among patients...
  • Student Sues Textbook Publishers for Allegedly Conspiring to Rip Off Millions of Students

    03/09/2020 10:20:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    MSN ^ | 03/09/2020 | Elura Nanos
    Getting ripped off on textbooks has long been part of the standard American college experience, up there with frat parties, cheap pizza, and bad choices. Now, though, one student has taken up the cause in a class-action lawsuit that calls out the three main textbook publishers for alleged antitrust violations. The lawsuit alleges that publishers Pearson, Cengage and McGraw-Hill, along with college bookstores, formed a conspiracy to monopolize the textbook market and inflate the price of course materials. The named plaintiff, Martha Barabas, sued on her own behalf and for the class of “at least hundreds of thousands if not...
  • Why Is Communist Disinformation Being Taught to Portland Eighth-Graders?

    01/16/2020 10:28:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 48 replies ^ | January 16, 2020 | Mary Grabar
    For nearly 40 years, American students have been taught about their country’s history with communist disinformation by a historian who was a onetime Communist Party U.S.A. member and a lifelong promoter of communism. This is Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States, which has sold over 2.6 million copies since its publication in 1980. It is the textbook of choice for Advanced Placement U.S. history courses in high schools, is used in college history and education courses, is packaged into free, downloadable lessons for K-12 teachers by the Zinn Education Project, is quoted extensively in school books, and...
  • Two States. Eight Textbooks. Two American Stories.

    01/13/2020 5:44:41 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 12, 2020 | Dana Goldstein
    American history textbooks can differ across the country, in ways that are shaded by partisan politics
  • Textbook Math: Students Avoid High Campus Prices, Buy Books Online

    01/13/2020 5:57:07 AM PST · by karpov · 37 replies
    James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal ^ | January 13, 2020 | Megan Zogby
    As college textbook prices have increased 88 percent since 2006, education reformers wonder how universities can make books more affordable. One simple thing they could do is to stop selling textbooks with absurdly high mark-ups, the difference between the cost incurred by the bookstore for textbooks and the price at which they’re sold. While some progress has been made within the UNC system, much room for improvement remains. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, for example, signed a contract with Barnes and Noble in 2009 to merge its university bookstore with Barnes and Noble. That conjunction promised students lower...
  • American history textbooks can differ across the country, in ways that are shaded by partisan politics.

    01/13/2020 5:26:09 AM PST · by karpov · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 12, 2020 | Dana Goldstein
    ... California is one of many states to ask teachers and textbooks in recent years to cover the contributions of specific immigrant groups, including Asian-Americans, Pacific Islanders, European-Americans and Mexican-Americans. These additions are part of the reason California books are almost always longer than their Texas counterparts. California’s Board of Education adopted an expansive 842-page social studies framework in 2016. Two years later, Texas’ school board streamlined its social studies standards, which are now laid out in 78 tightly compressed pages. Critics of California’s approach say that making state standards and textbooks longer and more inclusive can be overwhelming to...
  • New AP U.S. History Textbook Implies Christians are Bigots, Reagan a Racist

    04/28/2019 8:11:41 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 40 replies ^ | April 17, 2019 | Joy Pullman
    This appears to be a forthcoming 2019 edition of an existing textbook from the global education publishing giant Pearson, whose materials are ubiquitous. The friend highlighted some sections that show clear bias against political conservatives, President Trump and his administration, and Americans of faith. Here are some transcriptions from those images. In describing the rise of Black Lives Matter in the aftermath of the Ferguson, Missouri shooting: “The nearly all-white police force was seen as an occupying army in the mostly African-American town.” In a section discussing President Trump’s cabinet, the book says “They were largely white males, more so...
  • New High School Textbook Describes Trump as Mentally Ill, Supporters as Racist

    04/24/2019 6:21:48 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 46 replies ^ | April 23, 2019 | By Todd Starnes
    I came across this item as I was researching my new book, “Culture Jihad: How to Stop the Left From Killing a Nation.” Many Advanced Placement students across the fruited plain will be using an American History textbook that depicts President Trump as mentally ill and his supporters as racists. The textbook, published by Pearson Education, is titled, “By the People: A History of the United States.” It was first exposed by radio host Alex Clark in 2018. The final section of the book, titled, “The Angry Election of 2016” is especially critical of the president. “Most thought that Trump...

    04/23/2019 6:43:56 PM PDT · by bitt · 57 replies
    POWERLINE ^ | 4/23/2019 | Paul Mirengoff
    I have written repeatedly about the hard-left bias in the teaching of AP American History. I finally got tired of writing such posts and abandoned the beat. But now, I learn that, beginning in 2020, many Advanced Placement students will be using an American History textbook that suggests President Trump is mentally ill and that depicts him and many of his supporters as racists. The book asserts that “[Trump’s] not very-hidden racism connected with a significant number of primary voters.” What connected with a significant number of primary voters was Trump’s strong opposition to illegal immigration and his concern over...
  • New US History Textbook Raises Anti-Trump Red Flags About 'Not-Very-Hidden Racism' of His Voters

    04/21/2019 1:33:37 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 71 replies
    CBN ^ | 4/18/19
    A new Advanced Placement American history textbook is raising red flags because of its anti-Trump language and its suggestion that Trump supporters are racist. By the People: A History of the United States is the newest edition of a Pearson Education history book that could be made available to high school students if school districts opt to use it. The book has not yet been distributed to students but has been introduced to teachers to see if they would want to use it as part of their curriculum in the next couple of years. Tarra Snyder, a student at Rosemount...
  • Illinois House votes to require LGBT history curriculum be taught in schools

    03/16/2019 1:50:32 PM PDT · by Monrose72 · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03-16-19 | JOHN BOWDEN
    Lawmakers in the Illinois state House of Representatives voted Wednesday to approve a plan that includes historical figures in the LGBT civil rights movement in K-12 textbooks, NPR reported. The measure, which now heads to Gov. J.B. Pritzker's (D) desk for a signature, requires schools to include "the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State" in official textbooks. Supporters of the rule say the measure is intended to reduce anti-LGBT bullying in schools by teaching students about the historical place of LGBT figures in American society.
  • Academics Expose ‘Grievance Studies’ Field by Submitting Hoax Papers to Journals

    10/03/2018 8:33:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/03/2018 | Jack Crowe
    Three academics spent more than a year submitting absurd “hoax” papers to the preeminent journals focusing on race, gender, sexuality and other politically fraught disciplines that fall into what the perpetrators of the scheme call “grievance studies.” The self-identified “left-leaning liberal” academics, told the Wall Street Journal they undertook the project out of concern “that certain aspects of knowledge production in the United States have been corrupted” by a hesitance among academics to question research based on privilege and identity for fear of accusations of bigotry. Since August, 2017 the academics — James Lindsay, a math doctorate, Peter Boghossian, an...
  • The Bankruptcy Of Grievance Studies

    10/03/2018 12:09:10 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 4 replies
    The Conservative American ^ | 10/03/2018 | Rod Dreher
    You have GOT to read this, from Quillette! It starts with this editor’s note: Editor’s note: For the past year scholars James Lindsay, Helen Pluckrose, and Peter Boghossian have sent fake papers to various academic journals which they describe as specialising in activism or “grievance studies.” Their stated mission has been to expose how easy it is to get “absurdities and morally fashionable political ideas published as legitimate academic research.” To date, their project has been successful: seven papers have passed through peer review and have been published, including a 3000 word excerpt of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf, rewritten in...
  • Academics Expose ‘Grievance Studies’ Journals With Bogus Papers

    10/03/2018 11:56:48 AM PDT · by DeweyCA · 9 replies ^ | 10-3-18 | John Sexton
    If you rewrote a chapter from Hitler’s Mein Kampf using current feminist jargon and submitted it to a respected feminist journal, would they agree to publish it? How about a paper suggesting dog parks are rampant sites for canine rape culture? Or one that explores the threat of “metasexual violence” from (private) masturbation? You can probably guess the answer but read on for the details. A trio of academics decided to explore the current state of peer-reviewed publishing in the humanities by writing bogus papers to see if there were any limits to what was acceptable. Helen Pluckrose, James A....
  • Gavin Newsom Appears in 1st-grade Textbook with Abraham Lincoln, MLK

    09/26/2018 5:40:14 AM PDT · by DFG · 17 replies
    breitbart ^ | 09/26/2018 | Joel B Pollak
    Parents in a Sacramento, California suburban school district were shocked this week to discover that Lt. Gov Gavin Newsom, the Democratic Party candidate for governor in November, is portrayed in a first-grade textbook as a “champion for people’s rights.” The textbook celebrates Newsom alongside such icons as President Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — apparently for his decision, as mayor of San Francisco, to recognize gay marriages in 2004.
  • New 1st Grade Textbook Lionizes CA Gov. Candidate for his Gay Activism

    09/15/2018 10:42:29 AM PDT · by DeweyCA · 24 replies
    California Family Council ^ | 9-14-18 | Greg Burt
    A new state recommended social studies and history curriculum is being introduced in public schools around California that blatantly promotes a bias perspective on the policy achievements of governor candidate Gavin Newsom. Dubbing him “Champion for People’s Rights,” the first grade textbook teaches kids about “respecting the rights” of others by pointing to Newsom’s advocacy for same-sex marriage, while mayor of San Francisco. The text doesn’t even try to be objective and fails to mention that marriages for same-sex couples were not an established right at the time, but a brand new concept and only legal in a select number...
  • Texas education board retreats on stripping 'heroic' Alamo defenders from curriculum

    09/13/2018 10:32:07 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 12, 2018 | James Varney
    The Texas State Board of Education appears to have decided the heroism of the Alamo is worth teaching to students after all. State politicians erupted in protest this month after a volunteer team of educators, looking for ways to “streamline” the state’s social studies curriculum, recommended scrubbing references to “all the heroic defenders” at the Alamo from classroom teaching plans. Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, both Republicans, accused the panel of allowing the dictates of political correctness to run wild and demanded that Texans call the board to complain. Rep. Ted Poe showed up personally before the...
  • The University Is Ripe for Replacement; Higher education is now enemy-occupied territory.

    09/09/2018 12:06:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 09/09/2018 | David Solway
    "Education is a weapon the effect of which is determined by the hands which wield it, by who is to be struck down." -- Stalin, interview with H.G. Wells Beginning in early K-12 and continuing to the highest levels of university education, Leftist indoctrination is the gravest dilemma that afflicts education in North America, rendering it perhaps the most powerful instrument of anti-Western bias and socialist propaganda of the modern era. Here my concern is with the abandonment of genuine scholarship, fact-based historical research, familiarity with the “Great Books” and the development of critical thinking habits, particularly in the humanities...