historic texts

Sugar-coated lies? My daughter’s politically correct history textbook

When I was a child, my schools assigned history textbooks that were almost entirely accurate. But my daughter’s third grade history textbook is anything but accurate. Its false claims may reflect a clumsy, ham-handed attempt to make certain people (like minority children and residents of non-wealthy areas) feel better about themselves. But it is unlikely to achieve anything other than depriving kids of a solid grasp of their country’s history. Its false claims may also make bright children cynical about the value of their studies, and discourage them from studying history at the college level, leading to a further decline in the study of the humanities.

h/t Marvin

  • BillyHW

    Never put women in charge of educating your children.

  • BillyHW

    Meanwhile, Asian parents, who love their children, take them to Kumon.

    • canminuteman

      White parents who love their children have the skills to teach math to their kids on their own and don’t need to pay someone else to do it.

  • Exile1981

    This is why I discuss history and politics with my kids.

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  • V10_Rob

    It started with devoting coverage to people and groups and events who weren’t the famous movers and shakers of the time, but nevertheless had some small impact. Not necessarily a bad thing. But over time it’s grown to the point where most coverage involves navel-gazing about what everyone else did while the Evil White Patriarchy was inflicting history on them. History that’s unjust or invalid, so it doesn’t count and there’s no point studying it.

  • Clausewitz

    This is why I never use textbooks in my History classes. Teach them how to research primary source information, and teach them to question even those sources. Nothing should be taken at face value.

    • Exile1981

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  • Dana Garcia

    Systematic PC crap bashing white people once was confined to colleges. But that didn’t poison the minds of ALL kids, so now grade schools are also propagandized.

  • Sid Falco

    That book (I won’t name it) by Howard Zinn has to take the prize – it is utter bollocks, written by a twisted commie – and has been spoonfed to millions of American students as the authentic history of their country.

  • adam

    I don’t understand why people are shocked to discover that public schools are bastions of leftist indoctrination. Hello, this isn’t 1955!

    The fact that the author of this piece sends his daughter to public school indicates to me that he is either clueless or doesn’t care what becomes of her.

    If you send your child to public school, you are a bad parent. End of story.