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  •  With respect to what you are saying Meteor Blades (7+ / 0-)

    If that book ended up in a canned lesson plan, it would make it abundantly clear that the teacher in question is a moron. Cut and dry.

    Teachers are supposed to be educated, and I cannot imagine a teacher who graduated from a *normal, accredited university, purposefully picking out this man's material as a spine for American History Lessons.

    However, Barton's works can be valuable to academia. They provide fertile ground for teaching students how to use a bad book, to write a good paper on poor scholarship and revisionist history.

    The big thing is to tell parents to be on the look out for material by this author popping up in schools.

    I know it doesn't seem like it right now, but Barton's works were already infiltrating our public school system. He was behind the revision of Texas Public School Textbooks. He publishes homeschool material, and the Texas Textbook case was a means of free advertisement as well as the potential of a lucrative state contract.

    Additional stories on Barton:

    Barton has twice addressed white-supremacist organization with ties to neo-Nazis, but both times has done so accidentally, he says. He has also been a leader in the movement to rewrite American history to remove Civil Rights leaders and knock down the wall separating church from state, arguing that it is a myth. He led the recent effort to rewrite Texas textbooks to describe America as a Christian nation.
    David Barton and people like him are the product of the Stealth Campaign in the late 80s and 90s:
    The cultural roots of the Texas showdown may be said to date to the late 1980s, when, in the wake of his failed presidential effort, the Rev. Pat Robertson founded the Christian Coalition partly on the logic that conservative Christians should focus their energies at the grass-roots level. One strategy was to put candidates forward for state and local school-board elections — Robertson’s protégé, Ralph Reed, once said, “I would rather have a thousand school-board members than one president and no school-board members” — and Texas was a beachhead.
    Jon Stewart is limited in what he can do to fight this man. If we say that Barton is not a historian and is therefore not a viable academic author, what happens when Stewart, a Comedian goes after Barton? He too is not an academic.

    Our American History Professors need to take this one on. And the NTY story appears to show that our AM Hist Professors have been doing this best. But these exchanges have not been front-page-material.

    However,  I am sure Stewart would give equal time to the author of Lies for Jesus or to an American History Professor who wishes to offer not only an opposing view, but also viable and accurate historical accounts.

    Judging from the stories I have found online, it appears that the press has been following Barton, but that perhaps there were other more pressing issues that distracted many from his attempt to weasel his way into a position of power.

    •  Liberty University may not be normal, but it is an (1+ / 0-)
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      Meteor Blades

      "accredited university" in the sense of:

      Teachers are supposed to be educated, and I cannot imagine a teacher who graduated from a *normal, accredited university, purposefully picking out this man's material as a spine for American History Lessons.
      and I would bet $10,000 that Barton's book goes down fine with teachers who graduate from that august institution.  

      I don't think it is just home schooling types but I would be another $10,000 that this revisionist history is being taught with a wink and a nod across the "Bible Belt" portions of the country and that we will soon be seeing movements by state legislatures to introduce this version of US history into the lesson plans just as Arizona is attempting to purge Latino and Native American influences on history from the curriculum there.  

      And it feels like I'm livin'in the wasteland of the free ~ Iris DeMent, 1996

      by MrJersey on Thu May 03, 2012 at 01:52:01 PM PDT

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      •  No doubt. Which is why I homeschool (0+ / 0-)

        Evolution is often given short change as is Women's History, and Ethnic Histories in addition to a deep and pervasive undercurrent of religious bigotry.

        I don't take liberty U seriously. And it freaks me out that Military members can use Tuition Assistance to take their Correspondence Courses for distance learning.


    •  Teachers aren't the ones doing the picking (0+ / 0-)

      It's irrelevant that a respectable teacher wouldn't pick this guy's textbooks.  THEY are not the ones doing the picking.  The school boards are, and they are highly politicized.

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