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Go read the original sources.

Woman asks the question:

Glenn Beck, what can we do as lay people to have a voice in the curriculum of history in our schools, starting with elementary school but certainly when you get to American History?

Claudia Nelson asks:
As president of MomsForAmerica.com, I’m trying to fight the indoctrination of our children. What is the number one way to go about that?

Glenn Beck:
Home School. Are you a homeschooler? What was nuts 25 years ago is essential today.

The best thing you can do is try to convince your school to go to original sources, because once you go to original sources, there’s no thing.

Oh really, really? Tell me about these men

(here Beck points to pictures of Samuel Adams, George Washington, and Ben Franklin, icons for virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity)

I just want to have their own words taught in school – what’s your argument against that?

Oh, there’s no context.

No, their own words will provide the context.

That’s what needs to happen. I’ll tell you, I have sat with a group of college students at a private university that only teaches original sources – these kids are off the charts smart. They can think in ways that I’ve never met other Americans that think this way. It is incredible, because they read these original sources and then say “Okay, well what does that really mean” instead of having a professor or a textbook say “Now, this is what it REALLY MEANS”.

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1 Dave Mendoza { 04.17.10 at 7:45 pm }

What privat school is beck referring to? Is it a college or high school org that teaches original source you can recommmend?

Beck said:”group of college students at a private university that only teaches original sources – these kids are off the charts smart. They can think in ways that I’ve never met other Americans that think this way. It

2 admin { 04.18.10 at 12:57 pm }

I’ll see if I can find out what school it was. At the time, my impression was that he didn’t want to specifically “advertise” for that school or appear that he might be doing so. But yes, that was the same question that was on my mind. And it would seem that releasing the name of the school would not have to seem or look like “advertising”. Nothing wrong with them letting it be known they have this approach, and everything right about it.

A quick look around the web shows the following:

Teach with Primary Sources Program – Library of Congress

One member of their Consortium is Rockford College.
Primary sources lesson plans – this comes up as a header topic under Google, and it has extensive references to help teachers in doing just this.

In Northern Virgina, the Northern Virginia Partnership does this.

Side Note: My personal experience with this concept came one day when I picked up and began reading a copy of Newton’s Principia – then I wondered “why wasn’t I taught calculus with this? This guy was absolutely certifiably brilliant!” Instead we get the dumbed down exercise in boredom that is the modern textbook (now selling for $100-200 EACH!).

We should petition Glenn Beck to do an entire show on this subject. I would add that it seems any of us could go before a school board and make progress in getting this started, with a little preparation (having a couple of teachers on your side ahead of time, having a good presentation, etc). I’m not sure that even “Progressives” would necessarily be against it – certainly it wouldn’t be as thorny an issue as those controversies over creationism/evolution and teaching of human sexuality.

It seems like it would be an “easy win”.

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