Parents of fourth graders in Dupo, Illinois got a startling surprise when they saw what their children were being subjected to in their elementary school classrooms.
One of the required projects is the reading of a biography of President Obama that is an approved supplement to the school’s Common Core curriculum. The fact that the students are reading a biography of the President sounds innocuous enough, until one reads what it is the biography says about people who did not support President Obama’s election.
“But some people said Americans weren’t ready for that much change. Sure Barack was a nice fellow, they said. But white voters would never vote for a black president. Other angry voices were raised. Barack’s former pastor called the country a failure. God would damn the United States for mistreating its black citizens, he said.”
The insinuation that white voters did not support President Obama because of his race is one that we have continually tried to push back on here at Eagle Rising. It is ridiculous to claim that voters who rejected Al Gore and John Kerry for their political beliefs would vote against Barack Obama because of his skin color! The reality of the election is that President Obama won more votes than either Gore or Kerry, so his skin color among white voters was obviously MEANINGLESS.
Needless to say, the parents of these elementary students were outraged when they found out about this “required” reading.
The Bluffview Elementary students were told the book’s content would be tested for grades. That brought outrage among parents just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, one of the “MAD” moms reported.
This biography of America’s 44th president, entitled “Barack Obama,” is written by Jane Sutcliffe and published by Lerner. The book is part of Scholastic’s “Reading Counts” program acceptable to the controversial Common Core curriculum standards.
An online sampling to “Barack Obama” is available HERE.
Our students should read about our Presidents and about other politicians who have led our nation, but they should do so from unbiased history books. Sadly, unbiased history books are getting harder and harder to find – and our nation’s school systems (especially in urban areas) more and more often are choosing biased schoolbooks. This is one of the problems with government education – the schools have an inherent interest in teaching from a biased perspective. A more liberal (read: Democrat) government means more public funding and broader welfare programs, which is inherently “better” for public run schools. The clearest solution to the problem of liberal bias is an end to public education.
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