A few clarifications and one correction, based on questions I’ve seen in my Twitter mentions.
- The text I posted was copied from a 55-page packet called US History Special Victims Unit, not a textbook.
- Students were given the packet at the beginning of the school year and told it was meant to supplement the textbook and was information that could be on the AP exam.
- The students hadn’t yet been given any assignments based on the material presented in the packet.
- There are no citations anywhere in the 55-page packet.
- I do not know who the author of the packet is.
- The information isn’t presented as discussion points for consideration. It is presented as a summary of US History.
- The note at the end of 3rd excerpt I posted on Twitter appears to have been written by the teacher.
- In one of my Tweets I stated he taught my daughter’s AP World History class last year. I was incorrect, he taught her AP European History class. My apologies to her 9th grade AP World History teacher.
- My daughter attends a public school in Washington state.
- Much of the information in the packet is basic historic facts (without any citations). The biased parts tend to be in the recent history sections.
- I will not release the entire document.
- The packet was never submitted for approval to be distributed to students as supplemental material.
- Today the packet was recalled. It is likely that most of the students hadn’t read any portion of it yet (as mentioned above, no assignments had been given).
- The teacher has apologized to the students and acknowledged the material was unacceptably biased.
- The principal will be monitoring all materials distributed by the teacher.
- The principal sent a notice to all teachers last week with a reminder to keep politics out of classroom discussion and materials, except when being used as a lesson in critical thinking/presenting multiple sides.
- The school district is aware of the contents of the packet. They will be monitoring the situation and the teacher.
Pretty jaw-dropping story from one of the islands of Puget Sound; an AP History teacher is writing his own version of U.S. History and handing it out to students.
Author and archaeologist (and parent) Rachel Grant tweeted out portions today. (Her bio says she lives on an island in our region.)
Here's the sections she tweeted that the teacher labeled, U.S. History Special Victims Unit and it includes Women in History, where he attacks Bill Clinton for affairs as well as Hillary (for staying with him.)
Then there is 1968-present: Tremendous Gains in Race Relations, but Trouble in Paradise.
Racist, sexist - this guy covers all the bases.