Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's voucher program to privatize public education has come under fire recently for spending state tax dollars to teach Bible-based curriculum. An August 7 post on MotherJones.com, a news outlet covering the 2012 elections, took a look at the program and 14 "wacky facts" kids will learn under the state's new program.
One of those "facts" is that "God used the Trail of Tears to bring many Indians to Christ." The tidbit comes from a 1994 A Beka Book, which offers Christian education materials, titled America: Land I Love.
Another "fact" the schools will teach is that the Ku Klux Klan "in some areas of the country tried to be a means of reform, fighting the decline in morality and using the symbol of the cross. Klan targets were bootleggers, wife-beaters, and immoral movies. In some communities it achieved a certain respectability as it worked with politicians." That information comes from United States History for Christian Schools (Bob Jones University Press, 2001).
This is a recipe for disaster and means more of today's youth will be learning an incorrect version of history, especially Native American history.
To read the full list of "wacky" facts, visit MotherJones.com.
And to sign a petition to stop the program, visit Change.org.