early on in my career, i assisted in a large meta-study of world history textbooks.

the findings were grim: american public schools are using highly conservative materials riddled w/ factual errors, islamophobia, racism, and west-centrism.
b/c of the era the study took place in and covered, it’s not surprising that islamophobia dominated, among all the various conservative ideological agendas in these textbooks.

as times change, it won’t be surprising if different ideological needs are emphasized.
sorry i can’t be more specific about the study & the specific topics discussed.

i try to maintain my anonymity on here.
ah, back to my original point— fox news circulating a pdf is being treated like some big problem when the right’s ideological stranglehold on american curricula is a huge & ongoing problem that contributes to every problem we have as a society in one way or another.
the fox news pdf is a drop in a bucket so large it’s difficult to describe. meanwhile the discourse of american education is that children go to school and left-wing educators brainwash them.

to be clear, educators are not primarily at fault here.

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