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April 17 2018

Proposed Advanced Placement Text: Trump Voters Were Angry, Xenophobic, and Feared Diversity

by Charlotte Hays

If a textbook currently under consideration for Advanced Placement American history studies is adopted, students may be taught that Trump voters are angry and xenophobic.

A student who has seen the text believes that that is the case:

Tarra Snyder, a student at Rosemount High School in Minnesota, who saw a copy of the book sent to her school, told Fox News she was “appalled” after seeing how “blatantly biased” the newest edition of “By the People: A History of the United States” was toward Trump and his voters. She said it also glossed over all issues then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton faced during her campaign.  

"There are specific parts where it goes off the rails from a historical textbook toward an op-ed," Snyder told Fox News.

The textbook – published by British-owned, Pearson Education, and authored by New York University professor James Fraser – is currently being pitched to public high schools in an effort to get them to buy the latest edition.

Pearson spokesman, Scott Overland, told Fox News the textbook was “developed by an expert author and underwent rigorous peer review to ensure academic integrity.” He added that it was “designed to convey college-level information to high school students” and “aims to promote debate and critical thinking by presenting multiple sides” of the 2016 election.

I haven't seen the text but based on this report I am worried that the publisher's interpretation of critical thinking only means being critical of Americans who do not embrace the philosophy of our elites. For example:

The final section of the book, titled “The Angry Election of 2016,” is highly critical of Trump.

“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,” Fraser wrote.

Trump voters are described as “mostly older, often rural or suburban, and overwhelmingly white” while the book uses the viewpoint of Clinton voters to describe Trump’s supporters as fearful, backwards, sexist people who supported a mentally ill candidate.

“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,” the textbook says. “They also worried about the mental stability of the president-elect and the anger that he and his supporters brought to the nation.”

Since this leaves me sputtering incoherently, I'll rely on John Hinderacker at Powerline to sum it up:

This sort of ignorance and bias is rampant throughout American education. Some have suggested that it is parental malpractice to send your children to a public school. In many areas of the country, that proposition is hard to deny.

The post is entitled, "Is It History, or Is It Propaganda?"

Now, that's an easy question, class.

 

 

 

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