Ok, we’ve heard several instances over the last campaign season of educators crossing political boundaries with their students, such as Virginia educators who were encouraged to wear blue during their classes and New York teachers who wore their Obama buttons during class, but we hadn’t seen this frenzy bleeding over into classroom instruction. Until now:
Over atRealDebateWisconsin Fred Dooley was contacted by the mother of a Racine Unified School District 8th grade student in Wisconsin public schools about an outrageous thing she found in her son’s school textbook. Apparently, in this textbook supposedly teaching about literature, one of the books being pushed as a perfect example of that subject is Barack Obama’s memoirDreams from my Father. That’s right, a book by a current political candidate for president is being pushed on our children as “literature.” It also seems probable from campaign donation records that a principle member of the publishing company is a large Obama donor.
One would think that focusing on the ideology of a politician currently running for president would be a bit over-the-top even for our extreme left leaning system of education in this country. But there it is anyway. The book even presents a photo of the Senator at a campaign rally with signs advertising his campaign website address to help better indoctrinate the kids.
On one page, for instance, the kids are urged to discuss what makes them “proud” before they readDreams from my Father. The message here is that an Obama candidacy is supposed to make everyone “proud” apparently. If you stand against Obama, I guess you stand against pride, huh?
A few photos from Obama’s childhood are also included, showing that a simple discussion of the literary worth of Obama’s book is not all the textbook is interested in.
Read the whole article for more. However, the outrage is clear: a line has been crossed when a candidate of the day is being used as an example for great oratory. I would have no objection to allowing students to analyze a particular piece of oratory from a candidate of their choice. However, when a particular candidate is being used, care has to be taken to not offend anyone on either side. Their are examples of great oratory on both sides of the spectrum that have and should be analyzed as great rhetoric, but using a current example in a standardized text is not acceptable.
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