An expert on American history has slammed the left-leaning history textbooks in American schools today, saying that the books have “liberal inaccuracies” on “almost every other page.”
Daniel Oliver, chairman of the board of the Education and Research Institute, recently attacked the popular AP U.S. History textbook, The American Pageant, written by Thomas Bailey, David Kennedy, and Lizabeth Cohen, according to TownHall.com.
“Almost every other page” has liberal bias, Oliver told Townhall on Tuesday.
His “favorite” example, he said, is the book’s section on Alger Hiss. It’s well known that Hiss was a communist who was supplying information to the Soviet Union, Oliver relayed. He was convicted of perjury in 1948. Yet, in The American Pageant, the authors write that Hiss was being chased by Richard Nixon, a “red hunter,” and that he got caught in “embarrassing falsehoods.”
Oliver calls the description “extraordinary” and “ridiculous.”
“He was a communist,” Oliver said. “But the left decided to take the position that he was not.”
Oliver and his team expose what they believe are other misinterpretations in trueamericanhistory.us. For instance, they note how the authors praise Franklin Delano Roosevelt as “suave and conciliatory” and a “master politician,” while avoiding how he “often tried to initiate and use government subsidies to win targeted voting groups, which ran up the national debt to record amounts” and “had trouble telling the truth,” ERI writes.
The left wing bent found in many of American history textbooks can be traced to the post-World War Two era, when progressive scholars from Germany who came to the U.S. infused their progressive politics into the education system. Making a mark on education is an “effective” way to change a culture, Oliver noted.
Oliver suggests that the way parents can counter this liberal indoctrination is to expose kids to better options at home. Oliver suggested kids read Bill Bennett’s two-volume history series, America: The Last Best Hope.
But he also hoped that communities could rise up to confront liberal school boards that pick these slanted books for the classrooms.
Oliver said it is always “a good time to stage a fight to get people who will teach history the way it should be taught.”
Then again, there is always homeschooling!
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