History has always been on of my favorite subjects – and as Edmond Burke said, “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.”
What if the history you were being taught differed from what really happened? That is exactly what is happening inside the book “America Land I Love”.
This book is written for eight graders but the inaccuracies in the book are astounding. I will start with an easy one.
Yes, the title of the chapter is the ‘Rise of Big Government’. Did you also see what the subchapter title was? That‘s right, it is called the ‘New Deal and the Rise of Socialism in America’.
“Those who don’t know history…” etc. If you look at the actual numbers of members in the Socialist Party, the New Deal might have been what caused the movement’s decline.
Membership in the Socialist Party actually peaked – at a grand total of about 20,000 members – in the early 1930’s, just as Congress was beginning to pass “New Deal” programs. These days, there are about 7,000 members in the two Socialist parties, and another 2,000 members in the Communist party.
Not exactly what I’d call a “rising” movement. But of course, I’m not the one writing 8th grade textbooks.
Let’s see what they say about the New Deal.
Well, they’re right about a couple of things. FDR did succeed at stabilizing our nation’s banking system; and it stayed relatively stable until the 1980s Savings and Loan crisis. And federal government programs did put people to work. Congress also created Social Security, the program that still keeps millions of seniors from falling into poverty. The fact is, New Deal policies helped America recover from the Great Depression.
I especially like the part that says, “The idea that government can live beyond its means is called Keynesian Economics, the creed of ‘tax and spend’ politicians.” This is supposed to be a history book, not the editorial column.
The book goes on to say that under FDR, the government “began to operate on a deficit.” But the word “began” is really misleading. In fact, our country has had varying levels of deficits and debt since it was founded. Our founding fathers borrowed money to pay for the Revolutionary War. Alexander Hamilton’s view: “The United States debt, foreign and domestic, was the price of liberty.”
What the book author does not tell you is that after the New Deal, after WWII, the federal government had a budget surplus. In 1948, that budget surplus equaled 4% of the GDP.
It seems obvious that the author wanted to impart his own ideology about government onto the students.
Let’s look at what he is telling our children about labor unions.
Excuse me, but that is not what the Wagner Act is about. The Wagner Act is about blocking employers from taking certain actions against employees who want to join or form a union.
Where is the part about how unions pushed for the 40-hour workweek, overtime, child labor laws, or all of the other things that unions helped accomplish? I am sure it will all be explained on the next page.
Nope. The author portrayed a peaceful, non-violent protest as an act of violence against the employer and the employer’s property. I wonder what the Reverend Martin Luther King would have said about this.
As my friend Chris used to say, “Never let the facts get in the way of a good story”. I think the book’s author took this motto to heart.
Is this what they’re teaching children in private and religious schools? And now they want you to pay for it?
That’s right, they want you to pay for their children to attend private schools, or take lessons at home using a ‘school voucher’ from your tax dollars.
This week many organizations are coming together for ‘National School Choice Week’. It is an annual attempt to convince people that school vouchers are about ‘freedom and choice.’
From my perspective, school vouchers are about who is going to foot the bill for children to receive ideological indoctrination that masquerades as “education.” Who pays for “education” like what’s in this book “America Land I Love”?
In New Hampshire, 85 students were granted “scholarships” to the tune of $235,000 in school vouchers to continue to attend private or home schools.
So: are your tax dollars paying for schools that teach children the ideology that government is bad, and that unions used violent actions to demand ‘higher wages and certain working conditions’?
Are your tax dollars paying for schools that reject proven scientific facts about the creation of our plant, evolution, climate change, and many more topics?
This is one of the reasons that the New Hampshire Supreme Court recently ruled that vouchers could not be used for private religious schools.
However, other states have yet to make that ruling, and are continuing to use vouchers to pay for private religious schools.
My perspective: If you want to teach your children something other than the truth, that’s your decision as a parent. But I don’t want you using my tax dollars to pay for it.
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Images from: America Land I Love In Christian Perspective, Second Edition; A Beka Book, copyright 2006, Pensacola Christian College. (http://www.abeka.com/ABekaOnline/BookDescription.aspx?sbn=97578)