Mary Grabar (of the excellent blog Dissident Prof) and I have a new report out at Accuracy in Media. It’s about the political manipulation of schoolchildren by PBS Teachers:
Part of our report discusses a PBS lesson plan in which students are encouraged to “learn about historical research methods” by investigating the origins of a cop-hating poster that was plastered around Chicago during the 1968 Democratic Convention riots. Of course, the lesson plan celebrates the protesters and doesn’t mention the slaughter of police and others by the Black Panthers, Weathermen, and radicals associated with them. The Panthers, for example, are described as social workers who fed children breakfasts and taught them about politics.
Sort of like PBS:
These “educators” behave as if they’re just teaching children how to gain library skills while using the word “pig” to refer to police over and over again. I hope our report shows how far from pedagogical decency PBS has strayed.
If not, here’s an anecdote:
Thanks to the generosity of the Alexander Hamilton Institute, I’m staying for the month in Clinton, New York.
The town of Clinton could not be more bucolic, in a Mennonites-and-hippies-selling-whoopie-pies-and-heirloom-tomatoes-in-the-town-square sort of way.
But bad things happen everywhere. I was walking around town buying whoopee pies and heirloom tomatoes yesterday, and I saw a different kind of poster about cops. This one was promoting the second annual Kurt Wyman Memorial Ride. Kurt was a 24-year old war veteran, sheriff, father, and husband gunned down protecting the people of this beautiful place.
His wife gave birth to their second child upon hearing of his murder. I previously blogged about him here.
Now imagine a world where teachers educated their students about the poster below, instead of slyly celebrating the cop-hating one above. This world does exist, of course. It exists in the town square of Clinton. It exists just about everywhere, but it does not exist at PBS, which uses our tax dollars to train children to see cops as less than human.
Instead of donating to PBS this year, why not send your money to the Kurt Wyman fund to support the children he left behind (information below), or the Kurt Wyman Memorial Park (information here), or the Kurt Wyman scholarship fund (link needed).
Then, be sure to send PBS a letter telling them why.
KBW Ride 6437 Pillmore Drive Rome, NY 13440.