Christian schools around the country use textbooks that follow the belief the Bible is literally true and everything that challenges those beliefs, whether it’s evolution, critical thinking or modern sexual education, must be repelled as sinful nonsense.
These textbooks are obviously damaging to our poor children who have to use them, and found in fudamentalist, private Christian Schools.
HuffPost education reporter Rebecca Klein notes however, that a large amount of the schools that use these textbooks aren’t actually private at all. They receive government funding, ie. your taxpayer dollars, “in the form of state-level voucher or tax credit scholarships.”
Betsy DeVos has advocated her entire career for the use of taxpayer money to fund private schools.
Klein and her team listed every private school in the country that currently receives taxpayer dollars and which textbooks they use.
“Our list totaled nearly 8,000 schools across the 25 of 27 states that offer private school choice along with the District of Columbia. (Two states that do not allow religious schools to participate in private school choice programs were excluded from our analysis.)
Then we researched the religious affiliations of each school by scouring each school’s website. If a school did not maintain a website, we emailed school representatives and often followed up with a phone call.
We found many of the non-Catholic Christian schools (32 percent) were using Abeka, Bob Jones or ACE textbooks in at least one subject or grade.
We found that Abeka was the most popular textbook source — used in about 27 percent of non-Catholic Christian schools — and Accelerated Christian Education was the least popular — used in about 5 percent of these schools.”
So what’s in it for the students?
A disorted sense of history…?
A Bob Jones high school world history textbook portrays Islam as a violent religion and contains a story titled, “Islam and Murder.” The same textbook, in describing the Catholic Reformation, describes Catholic leaders as failing “to see that the root of their problems was doctrinal error.
The examination of these wayward textbooks shows that the content tries to push strict, pre-determines ideas about gender and sexuality.
Natasha Balzak agrees with these sentiments. She notes that even her female teachers repeated the idea that women are below men.
A high school ACE textbook criticizes women for wearing short skirts and cutting their hair, calling it a violation of Scripture in described the 1920’s.
Before the 1920s, women “were comfortable to be discreet, chaste, keepers at house, good, obedient to their own husbands,” reads the textbook.
The point is that taxpayer money shouldn’t be going toward paying for unregulated Christian indoctrination. Yet that’s what members of congress want, and they have the weight of the Trump administration behind her.