Authoritarian propaganda? Educational publisher Scholastic blurs line between U.S. president and king

Authoritarian propaganda? Educational publisher Scholastic blurs line between U.S. president and king

The popular children’s educational publishing firm Scholastic blurs the line between the U.S. president and a “king or a queen” and incorrectly depicts the executive branch as the “chief of party” and the “guardian of the economy” in an article geared for grades three thru twelve.

The learning resource adds to the constitutional role of the executive branch, acknowledging that while “[T]he Constitution outlines many of the duties of a president,” the “expectations placed on a president” have “changed and expanded” due to “modern society and technology.” The Scholastic article, titled “Seven Roles for One President,” explains that examples of responsibilities include “[M]eeting with business and labor leaders to discuss their needs and problems” and “[T]raveling to California to speak at a rally for a party nominee to the U.S. Senate.”

The article further boosts the president to emperor status by comparing the role of the “chief of state” to that of a “a king or a queen,” claiming….

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