Many conservative evangelical Christians already educate their children at home. Reasons for homeschooling range from spiritual convictions to the reality that many parents are better educated than most public school teachers. Others don’t want a liberal-progressive agenda shoved down their kids’ throat. A recent textbook that’s making its rounds through public schools across the country are giving us just one more reason to ‘just say no’ to government schools.
A textbook published by Pearson Education entitled, By the People: A History of the United States, depicts President Donald J. Trump as mentally ill and paints his supporters as all racists.
The book says:
Most thought that Trump was too extreme a candidate to win the nomination, but his extremism, his anti-establishment rhetoric, and, some said, his not very hidden racism connected with a significant number of primary voters.
Of course, Trump also won the electoral college vote, which means that a majority of the states and roughly half of Americans are also racists. Hurrah for America, I guess. This is what your kids are being taught in school.
The book takes a considerably more noble view of Clinton voters:
Clinton’s supporters feared that the election had been determined by people who were afraid of a rapidly developing ethnic diversity of the country, discomfort with their candidate’s gender and nostalgia for an earlier time in the nation’s history…They also worried about the mental stability of the president-elect and the anger that he and his supporters brought to the nation.
But the book mentions nothing of Trump voters fearing the post-menopausal angry feminist with spiraling health who couldn’t walk on her own two feet, who lived in an open marriage and was fine slut-shaming her husband’s abuse victims while still maintaing the mirage of being pro-woman, who had constantly engaged in felonious behavior all the while hopelessly shrill, painful to look at, and probably responsible for a lot ‘suicides’ of her close friends and business associates.
No, none of that perspective.
A Public Relations specialist for Pearson Publishing defended the textbook, saying that it underwent, “rigorous peer review to ensure academic integrity.”
They continued, “This work is designed to convey college-level information to high school students and meet specific Advanced Placement standards. It aims to promote debate and critical thinking by presenting multiple sides of historical issues and offering a broad survey of arguments from the 2016 presidential election and other recent topics. We have reviewed the passages in question independently and in the context of the rest of the book. This review has confirmed that the text offers a broad view of critical arguments from both sides of the 2016 presidential election.”
And yet, the book seems entirely one-sided.
“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” George Orwell, 1984
[Editor’s Note: For more on how or why to homeschool, we recommend this video by Voddie Baucham]