It appears that Lynne Cheney, the current fake-v.p.’s wife, is a raving, right-wing lunatic. Unfortunately, she has long been a powerful field marshal in the far right’s culture wars. If you have children in school now, especially in a public school in a red state, then you really need to pay attention to what kind of history those kids are learning. The following story, to which I’ve linked, will demonstrate just how flag-wavingly propagandistic Cheney and those like her want our children’s historical education to become. Keep in mind, of course, that the academic standards for historical education in the U.S. have traditionally been quite woeful, anyway.

So, if you want your children to learn that Merrka is the greatest country ever on earth, and that nothing bad that we’ve done is really worth dwelling on, then by all means ignore this weblog entry. On the other hand, if you believe that teaching your children to understand as much as possible about the good and the bad in our history will help them develop the critical thinking skills worthy of informed and responsible citizens in a healthy democracy, then read the story to which I’ve linked: you’ll need to understand how the Far Right Fascists who are running our country– the same ones who’ve gutted educational funding– are insisting on establishing standards for teaching all of our kids that Merrka is a great, white nation-state that can do no wrong.

Booklet That Upset Mrs. Cheney Is History

The Department of Education destroys 300,000 parent guides to remove references to national standards.

by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Jean


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