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A Biased Education

April 10, 2009
<Cindy Sheehan Arrested

With public universities employing radicals such as William Ayres and Ward Churchill, it’s no secret that the world of academia is plagued with left-leaning bias. As someone who is currently taking some college classes, myself, I can attest to this. Fortunately, I don’t see it on the levels that many others do, but I hear the snide remarks from professors and fellow students, and I hear the bias in their ideas. As an adult, it doesn’t bother me. I know what’s right and I know how I feel about the world around me. As a champion of the United States Constitution, I respect everyone’s right to say whatever they want, as long as they allow me to do the same.

However, when it comes to public education, kindergarten through twelfth grade, I have a different opinion. When we send our children to school, we expect their teachers to be fair. We expect them to teach civics, history, political science, and social studies honestly and accurately. Lately, there have been many educators accused of doing just the opposite. In the last year, I’ve heard stories of teachers wearing Obama campaign buttons, forcing their students to watch Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth,” calling President Reagan “satanic” and making children whose parents are in the military feel uncomfortable and ashamed.

But there’s another problem in our children’s schools and this one might not be quite so obvious: the bias in textbooks. “Fox and Friends,” the Fox News Channel’s daily morning show, recently did a series called “Troubling Textbooks.” Some of their findings included exaggerations of facts and just plain wrong information, usually in the form of anti-American sentiment. One example that stands out is from the book, American Passages. Inside the book is a full page dedicated to Cindy Sheehan, painting her as an icon in American history. Yes, THAT Cindy Sheehan. The woman whose accomplishments to date include anti-war “activist,” and um, well, that’s it. Why does someone like that deserve a full page in an American history textbook? I’d like to know what other “important” historical figures received the same accolades. Reagan? Washington? Kennedy? Jefferson? Jane Fonda?

It’s bad enough that our children are being guided away from challenge, competition, and anything that resembles the real world. In a time when teachers can’t give number grades, use a red pen, or allow students to play simple sports and playground games for fear of hurt feelings, the least we should be able to expect is accurate basic history in a textbook that has been approved for a public school. In my opinion, the lesson to be learned is that we simply can’t depend on the government to educate our children. Parents need to stay active in their children’s school life. Check out your children’s books and ask them what they’re learning. Volunteer, attend school conferences, help out at PTA meetings, and get to know your children’s teachers. Talk to your elected officials and make sure you know where they stand on educational issues, and vote accordingly.

You can watch the “Troubling Textbooks” series here: Troubling Textbooks – FOXNews.com

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. juanita permalink
    April 11, 2009 4:03 am

    As a mom of 4, I have questioned many teachers about lessons etc. Things finally came to a head a few years back and I pulled my youngest daughter out of public school and started homeschooling her. She is now 15 and doing great! But she now wants to go to public school to finish up her last two years. I guess im a little *nervous*. Anyway great read! Will keep updated- juanita

  2. April 11, 2009 5:21 pm

    I knew there was bias from the teachers standpoint, that’s only human. But for textbooks to be inaccurate and political…I call that an outrage!

  3. April 12, 2009 12:42 am

    Great post Sarah,

    This reminds me of an employee we have who attends a local public high school.

    In the months prior to the election there was a lockout at a local steel mill which was the result of a contact dispute between the union and the mill.

    The employee came to work one day and said his entire English class was wasted with a rant from the teacher about how the lockout would never have happened had Barack Obama been president.

    In my opinion such ridiculous political editorial is highly unprofessional and in an English class it’s so out of place that it still makes me steam.

    So as people like this teacher, people who are willing to fill the minds of our children with total hog-wash, become more the norm in our society it is no wonder that we can no longer trust the very facts we find in the books.

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