By: Diane Benjamin
See this story from yesterday: https://blnnews.com/2021/10/27/high-school-history-books/
I had to speak to the District 87 School Board last night about the two history books mentioned in that story. They aren’t teaching actual history. 9th Grade Social Studies is a waste of time, it might also be where the 1619 Project is taught. Since the District uses deplorable history books I have to assume they want the 1619 project taught – Fake History.
Think back to the June meeting and the kids who spoke. At least one mentioned their history books tell them nothing. He was right. One reviewer of Modern World History: Patterns of Interaction called it “Edutainment”. It has no value in teaching history.
I did call for the resignation of the School Board. Barry Reilly must resign too. They are failing to teach real history on purpose. The two books mentioned might have been used since 2014. I will be submitting additional FOIA requests to District 87 and other area schools. Teaching starts with the textbooks, if bad textbooks are used it is on purpose and your kids are the victims.
District 87 may collect an additional $1 million+ next year because of rising property values. They need to use that money for real textbooks. Instead of dropping the tax rate you pay it is staying the same. If your Assessed Value increased you will be paying more in property taxes.