Many Advanced Placement students across the country will soon be using and learning from an American History textbook that suggests President Donald Trump has mental issues and that his supporters are deplorable racists.
As detailed in a column by Fox News contributor Todd Starnes, the new textbook published by Pearson Education, is titled, “By the People: A History of the United States.”
Towards the end of the book, there’s a final section titled, “The Angry Election of 2016,” which is packed with egregious statements about Trump and his supporters.
“Most thought that Trump was too extreme a candidate to win the nomination, but his extremism, his anti-establishment rhetoric, and, some said, his not very hidden racism connected with a significant number of primary voters,” the author wrote.
The author then describes Trump’s supporters as “mostly older, often rural or suburban, and overwhelmingly white.”
“Clinton’s supporters feared that the election had been determined by people who were afraid of a rapidly developing ethnic diversity of the country, discomfort with their candidate’s gender and nostalgia for an earlier time in the nation’s history,” the textbook reads. “They also worried about the mental stability of the president-elect and the anger that he and his supporters brought to the nation.”
Check out a screenshot of the section below, with the relevant information highlighted and underlined:
Advanced Placement students are essentially going to be taught that Trump is mentally insane and that his supporters are nothing but a bunch of racists.
Tarra Snyder, a student at Rosemount High School in Minnesota, said she was “appalled” after seeing how “blatantly biased” the textbook was toward Trump and his voters.
“It was really, really surprising to me. I really believe that learning should be objective and that students can make their own decisions based on what they’re able to learn in a classroom, and if the facts are skewed then students aren’t able to make well-rounded decisions on what they believe,” Snyder said.
A spokesperson for Pearson released a statement in defense of the anti-Trump section, claiming that the textbook underwent “rigorous peer review to ensure academic integrity.”
“This work is designed to convey college-level information to high school students and meet specific Advanced Placement standards. It aims to promote debate and critical thinking by presenting multiple sides of historical issues and offering a broad survey of arguments from the 2016 presidential election and other recent topics. We have reviewed the passages in question independently and in the context of the rest of the book. This review has confirmed that the text offers a broad view of critical arguments from both sides of the 2016 presidential election.”