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Charter School Teaches Kids About The “Benefits” Of Slavery

A Charter School in Arizona is facing backlash for lessons teaching students that African-Americans benefitted from slavery.

via AZ Central

A national group that advocates for the separation of church and state is criticizing one of Arizona’s oldest charter schools for using books that include controversial religious teachings in a 12th-grade history class.

Two books by Cleon Skousen, who is often cited by right-wing talk-show host Glenn Beck and the “tea party” movement, are required reading for seniors at Mesa-based Heritage Academy.

“Parts of his major textbook, ‘The Making of America,’ present a systematically racist view of the Civil War. … A long description of slavery in the book claims that the state (of slavery) was beneficial to African Americans and that Southern racism was caused by the ‘intrusion’ of northern abolitionists and advocates of equality for the freed slaves,” Epps said.

Epps said he believes that “any student taught from these materials in a public institution is being subjected to religious indoctrination” and “is also being crippled educationally and will be ill-prepared to take part in any serious program of instruction of American government and law.”

SMH. They tried it!



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