June 18, 2013
History Textbook in Louisiana Voucher Schools Gets Political
Posted on Mar 11, 2013
Louisiana taxpayers are footing the bill for certain students in the state to go to private schools that are teaching some pretty “questionable”—to say the least—things, according to a copy of an eighth-grade history textbook obtained by Americablog.
It has already been well documented that some of these voucher-funded schools have been teaching creationism and other falsehoods that, in some instances, are downright racist. Through textbooks published by Bob Jones University, students learned concepts such as the Ku Klux Klan did good things; most slaves in the Old South were treated well; dinosaurs and humans roamed the earth together; and fire breathing dragons were real.
But now it appears textbooks in these schools are, in addition to bringing the crazy, becoming overtly political in their teachings. Take the history text “America: Land I Love,” which is being used in some Louisiana voucher schools. The book features a section on hippies that claims:
The textbook also notes that hippies fled the U.S. to avoid the military draft. To hammer home its point, the book features a black-and-white photograph of a group of alleged hippies participating in hippie-like activities, or at least that’s the logical conclusion given the picture features the headline “hippies.”
Given what it had to say about hippies, it would be interesting to see what exactly the textbook is teaching students about the Vietnam War.
—Posted by Tracy Bloom.
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