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1 Rocky-in-Connecticut  Jul 14, 2014 3:06:52pm

the Southernization of America continues.

2 CriticalDragon1177  Jul 14, 2014 3:15:21pm

re: #1 Rocky-in-Connecticut

More like the lobotomy of American children continues. Even In the antebellum South I don’t think too many people would have taken the idea seriously that whites, “envied” the “freedom” of the black slaves.

3 wheat-dogghazi  Jul 14, 2014 7:06:35pm

I commented on this issue yesterday. Skousen relied on (I’d would say plagiarized, but that’s just the scholar in me talking) a history text written in 1934. While the author of the text did win a Pulitzer Prize for another work, and in his day was respected as a scholar, he was by any modern measure irretrievably racist. His descriptions of slavery in the South were fanciful, to say the least.

But Fred Albert Shannon’s recounting of those glory days of slavery fits Skousen’s image of an America unburdened with guilt or error. And Skousen is not a historian. Like David Barton, another revisionist popular with the RR and TP set, he forces his own worldview onto the past, ignoring reality.

No school board in America would let such garbage be used in the classroom, but charter schools get a pass, because Free Enterprise! As a teacher, it makes me sick.

4 wheat-dogghazi  Jul 14, 2014 7:16:01pm

I forgot to mention that the leaders of Heritage Academy are Skousen acolytes. Mother Jones had an article about one of the teachers there, Rick Dalton, in 2010. Dalton tours the Tea Party lecture circuit showing how Skousen gets everything right.

About Fred Albert Shannon:

Media Matters article about the Skousen books:

I’m glad you paged this. i wanted to, but couldn’t yesterday.

5 CriticalDragon1177  Jul 14, 2014 9:12:35pm

re: #4 wheat-dogghazi

Thanks for the info. I have a feeling that I might be dealing with these particular wingnuts again.

6 sffilk  Jul 15, 2014 6:18:07am

This has got to be a joke! PLEASE!!

7 CriticalDragon1177  Jul 15, 2014 10:43:42am

re: #6 sffilk

Believe me, when I say, I wish it was a joke, unfortunately it isn’t. Some people are actually trying to indoctrinate children to believe this.

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