If you have any doubt that contemporary education hews slavishly to a leftist agendum, just check out a current school textbook. It hardly makes a difference what subject area the book is in. Even math books nowadays are required to carry the party line.
But when it comes to history — or social studies, as it is commonly known up through Grade 6 — school book publishers and the teachers who use them pull out all the stops.
When the kids stray, the teachers will rely on their own liberal instincts to force the little buggers back in line. They will inform them, as one teacher did last November, for example, that speaking ill of the president can get you thrown in jail — at least so long as his name is Barack Obama.
The creators of some lesson plans don’t wait for history to unfold. They decide in advance of the facts what lessons their young charges can take away from selected events of the day.
Take the shooting death of Trayvon Martin on February 16, 2012. The details of what transpired between the 17-year-old and neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman were still largely shrouded in mystery on March 24 of that year when school teacher Hassan Adeeb published his lesson plan on Trayvon Martin at the website African American History.
EAGnews determined that Adeeb is a teacher in Waldorf, Md. His lesson, EAG notes, compared the killing of Martin to that of Emmett Till, a black 14-year-old who was murdered in 1955 after he allegedly flirted with a white girl.
Needless to say, race relations have changed dramatically in the 57 years since the Till murder. This didn’t stop Adeeb from quoting MSNBC’s Ed Shultz observation that “the Trayvon Martin killing could be the Emmett Till moment of our time.” It seems not to have occurred to Adeeb — and it certainly didn’t occur to Shultz — that Till’s murder was a pivotal event in the American Civil Rights Movement. If Adeeb wanted to do service to the memory of Emmett Till, not to mention put his senseless murder in context, he might have quoted historian Hugh Stephen Whitaker, who wrote:
Mississippi became in the eyes of the nation the epitome of racism and the citadel of white supremacy. From this time on, the slightest racial incident anywhere in the state was spotlighted and magnified. To the Negro race throughout the South and to some extent in other parts of the country, this verdict [Till’s killers were acquitted] indicated an end to the system of noblesse oblige. The faith in the white power structure waned rapidly. Negro faith in legalism declined, and the revolt officially began on December 1, 1955, with the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott.
But Adeeb’s goal was not to shed light on the history of black-white relations but to sensationalize the death of a black teen, the details of which he scarcely knew.
Schultz is not the only source Adeeb turned to in preparing his lesson. He also provides “facts of the case” gathered from the Think Progress website.
His list of Related Resources is equally revealing. It includes an interview by Melissa Harris-Perry, another fixture of MSNBC, with young African American males, and material culled from the equally hard-left Mother Jones, The Grio, and Democracy Now.
An educator would have students watching the court proceedings before drawing conclusions about the case. But what fun would that be? How could liberal teachers get any spin out of that?
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