A high school history textbook used by students across the nation depicts President Trump as mentally ill and his supporters as racists, Fox News’ Todd Starnes discovered.
Textbooks Claim @realDonaldTrump is mentally ill and his supporters are overwhelmingly white and racist. https://t.co/bz7l3KdI5Y #LiberalismIsAMentalDisorder #HistoryBooks #MAGA2020 #MAGA #TrumpDerangementSyndrome
— AZ Patriot (@Czarcraft_) April 23, 2019
The Advanced Placement textbook is published by Pearson Education and titled, “By the People: A History of the United States.”
The final section of the book, titled, “The Angry Election of 2016,” reads like something straight out of the DNC, or a Daily Kos comment section.
“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,” the textbook tells the impressionable students.
It goes on to describe the president’s supporters as “mostly older, often rural or suburban, and overwhelmingly white.”
It gets worse.
“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 reads. “They also worried about the mental stability of the president-elect and the anger that he and his supporters brought to the nation.”
Pearson Education wants the nation’s schoolkids to think old, rural, racist, sexist white people (aka “deplorables”) got a racist lunatic elected.
As Starnes notes, “such descriptions would be laughable, but this garbage is being shoved into the minds of impressionable American teenagers.”
Some students, according to Starnes noticed the bias:
Tarra Snyder, a student at Rosemount High School in Minnesota, told Fox News that she was “appalled” by the book’s blatant bias, noting that the book “glossed over all issues then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton faced during her campaign.”
“It was really, really surprising to me,” Tarra Snyder, a student at Rosemount High School in Minnesota, told Fox News. “I really believe that learning should be objective and that students can make their own decisions based on what they’re able to learn in a classroom, and if the facts are skewed then students aren’t able to make well-rounded decisions on what they believe.”
A Pearson spokesperson said in a statement that the textbook underwent “rigorous peer review to ensure academic integrity.”
“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,” the statement read.
The Federalist’s Joy Pullman called the textbook what it is: “overt political propaganda.”
“Let’s be clear: This is overt political propaganda being scooped into the most capable students’s minds under the guise of education. Even if they don’t accept its messages entirely, studying this wastes time that young people deserve to be spending getting actually educated,” she wrote.
Unfortunately, most kids and their parents naively trust that their teachers will respectful to all viewpoints and their “peer reviewed” textbooks will be unbiased. That trust has never been more severely misplaced.
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