28 AHMP Progressive School Spin of the Boston Tea Party & Why the Tea Act is Another Example of Why Government and Private Industry Don’t Mix
What are children in America’s public schools learning about the Boston Tea Party? How is progressive spin and lesson plans loaded with liberal values impacting their perception of the event, as well as their view of the patriots who ultimately created our constitutional republic? What is the Tea Act, and why were the American colonists so angered by it? We will learn the fascinating answers to these questions in this podcast.
As you might recall, there was a huge riff about how the Boston Tea Party was portrayed in a public school lesson plan in 2012. The Huffington Post published an article with the following headline: “Boston Tea Party Was Act of Terrorism? Texas Public Schools Teaching New History Lesson.” Of course, this left leaning media outlet began the story by stating: “a report by The Blaze, a right-wing site started by Glenn Beck, reveals that as recently as this January, the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative included a lesson plan that portrays the Boston Tea Party as a non-patriotic act, instructing teachers to read a story to their students as a recent news report.” Gee, does that mean that since a conservative publication commented on it, it is somehow more egregious or are they just seeking to butter readers up to agree with what they are about to say by first referencing a conservative media source? I might add, that such a lesson plan, no matter what the content, is entirely consistent with the Common Core’s emphasis on using news items covered in print media.” Consequently, rather than reading primary source material which clearly describes the event, as well as the underlying thinking which led up to it, students are purportedly “taught,” and I’m using that word in quotes, about the event through the prism of a 21st century progressive lens. The article went on to praise CSCOPE, a supposedly non-profit cooperative that received 25 million dollars in 2011 alone in federal funding. CSCOPE created curriculum content to use as a part of a curriculum management system in the state of Texas. Need I say that the good folks in Texas eventually ran it out of business because of the cooperative’s apparent liberal and even anti-American agenda in many of the lesson plans it created.
The story, as posted in the Blaze, included a portion of the text that was to be read to the children. The bias is so egregious that you may want to listen to it twice because of your disbelief! Listen to this: “A local militia, believed to be a terrorist organization, attacked the property of private citizens today at our nation’s busiest port. Although no one was injured in the attack, a large quantity of merchandise, considered to be valuable to its owners and loathsome to the perpetrators, was destroyed. The terrorists, dressed in disguise and apparently intoxicated, were able to escape into the night with the help of local citizens who harbor these fugitives and conceal their identities from the authorities. It is believed that the terrorist attack was a response to the policies enacted by the occupying country’s government. Even stronger policies are anticipated by the local citizens.” Could you hear it? There was more negative spin in that story than a when the Tasmanian Devil traveled backward from whence he came in an old Warner Brothers cartoon! The militia was “believed” to be connected with a terrorist organization. Who was that? The Whigs? The “valuable” merchandise was considered “loathsome” to the perpetrators. Ridicules! It was not the tea that the colonists found to be repugnant. It was the duties associated with the tea that had been heaped on the colonists by the Parliament without anyone there to represent the colonists when the act was debated and passed. The participants were “apparently intoxicated.