While on the topic of the brain-challenged, here’s a doozy. Seems that the Heritage Academy, a charter school in Arizona, has been using a book called The 5000 Year Leap as part of its history curriculum.
The only problem with this is that the book is nothing more than lies, leaps of faith, deliberate misinterpretation of historical facts, and flat-out baloney. It’s pure-bred revisionist history, seen through a filter of a Mormon mindset filled with holes so large you could drive a bus through them. Written (or rather, invented) by Cleon Skousen and heartily endorsed by Glenn Beck, it’s about as historically accurate as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
Not only is this book a crock of crap, it’s the kind of crap that stupid people believe—it’s in the top 100 at Amazon!!!–which makes it a scary crock of crap. Not just because its “facts” about our Founding Fathers and their intentions are so off-base, but because it’s deeply racist.
In Cleon’s world, Southern slaves were oh-so-happy before the Civil War. They had so much freedom! Their white owners were the “worst victims”! And if the little children of the slaves had no clothes, it wasn’t cause for concern, because in Cleon’s world, running around naked and shoeless in the blazing hot sun and rain and elements “was generally from choice, and when the white boys had to put on shoes and go away to school they were likely to envy the freedom of their colored playmates.”
Glenn Beck agrees. “That book is absolutely right,” he said recently. “It is the clearest, simplest, most direct way to teach what happened and why we were founded the way we were… Teach it to your children. Read it to them at night. Bring it to the dinner table. It will be the only chance they have to actually learn American history.”
I think he meant to say their only chance to be lied to and brainwashed by a racist revisionist, but somehow, the words got all twisted.