A high school history book for advanced students is being slammed for teaching teenagers that President Donald Trump is mentally ill and his supporters are racists.
The book, titled, “By the People: A History of the United States,” effectively slanders those who voted for Trump as racists because they supported his “not very-hidden racism” in opposing illegal immigration and other policies, according to Todd Starnes.
— smfh69 (@smfh691) April 24, 2019
“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 author stated in the book with a highly critical anti-Trump final section titled, “The Angry Election of 2016.”
Trump supporters are described in the 2019 edition of the book, which is published by Pearson Education, as “mostly older, often rural or suburban, and overwhelmingly white.”
But the bias is even more blatant in the Advanced Placement honors American history textbook which touts Hillary Clinton’s “supporters” while questioning the mental stability of the president of the United States before he was sworn in to office.
“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 stated. “They also worried about the mental stability of the president-elect and the anger that he and his supporters brought to the nation.”
Absolutely unacceptable 👇🏻
AP U.S. History textbook calls Trump “racist,” questions his mental stability. https://t.co/xUOq7nI4yO
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) April 24, 2019
A spokesperson for the book’s publisher actually defended the work which allegedly underwent “rigorous peer review to ensure academic integrity” last year as it was being pitched to schools.
“This work is designed to convey college-level information to high school students and meet specific Advanced Placement standards,” Pearson spokesman, Scott Overland, told Fox News. “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.”
Last year, when the book by New York University professor James Fraser was being marketed to schools, a Minnesota high school student told Fox News she was “appalled” by the “blatantly biased” book.
“It was really, really surprising to me,” she said at the time. “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.”
The book was cited as an example of “an effort going on in public school to indoctrinate kids with an anti-conservative agenda,” by Alex Clark, co-host of The Joe and Alex Show on WNOW in Indianapolis, Ind.
In case you didn’t think there was an effort going on in public schools to indoctrinate kids with an anti-conservative agenda, a friend of mine took pictures and highlighted parts of this AP US History book. pic.twitter.com/rj2AN3MIqI
— Alex Clark 🎤🎧 (@yoalexrapz) April 13, 2018
HERE IS THE BOOK. SHE HAD SOMEONE GO INTO CLASS AND TAKE A PIC FOR HER. pic.twitter.com/epbM5aSsGF
— Alex Clark 🎤🎧 (@yoalexrapz) April 13, 2018
The 2019 edition was described on the Pearson website as follows:
Written to reflect the latest College Board standards, By the People, 2nd Edition, fully supports the AP. U.S. History curriculum framework and guides students in thinking the way historians think about evidence. Using chronological reasoning, comparison, contextualization, interpretation, and synthesis, students are able to understand that history is comprised of the stories of diverse every-day people as well as famous leaders—and that students have an integral part to play in the world they live in.
“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,” Joy Pullman wrote for The Federalist.
There was significant backlash last year as the book was being promoted by Pearson but, with schools moving ahead to purchase the 2019 edition along with all of its anti-Trump bias – and outright lies – a renewed outcry is underway.
The publisher should be sued, all of the books burned. Text books are not opinion pieces, they should contain facts, and feelings are not facts. Simply because the publisher or author feels something does not make it a fact.
This is hate speech and must be condemned!
— 🇺🇸Chris Filby🇺🇸 (@cefilby) April 24, 2019
And school districts will use our tax money to purchase these books and force kids to read this garbage.
And the American People will sit back and do nothing.
This is how you lose the country.
— Mark Pantano (@TheMarkPantano) April 24, 2019
This is outrageous! No president should be treated with this kind of disrespect.
— Nancy Reynolds (@NDReynolds351) April 24, 2019
I searched the author on Twitter. He’s been teaching teachers for 30 years. Unbelievable.
— Mark (@MK9396) April 24, 2019
Had not seen it but I do know that AP History is nothing but #Marxist propaganda&disinformation!
— Sara Z Wood (@SaraZWood) April 24, 2019
— Curtis M Sanders Jr (@sanders17771) April 24, 2019
Since when are History text books op-eds??? This is slander, plain and simple. https://t.co/Gh4gzQMDbd
— Heidi Lahteine (@Hoodoo33) April 24, 2019
Is your high school student’s school using publisher Pearson’s AP U.S. History textbook, By The People?
— Katie (@1stbornAmerican) April 25, 2019