Moore’s side was deemed “censors” even though they obtained copies of the challenged texts so people could read for themselves. Contrast this with former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said of the massive ObamaCare bill, “we have to pass it so you can find out what’s in it.”
The upshot of the protests, which drew network coverage after the miner’s strike began, was that eight books were dropped, and 65 to 80 percent of elementary school parents opted out of using the approved texts. Publishers discontinued some of the books as news of their content spread across the country.
Many of the 320 language arts books adopted had subtle biases, according to Moore, but others were loaded with graphic violence, profanity, sex, and “values clarification” designed to replace biblical principles and parental authority with moral relativism. Here’s a question from a second- grade textbook from the D.C. Heath Communicating series (1973) by Morton Botel and John Dawkins:
“Have your parents ever punished you because they thought you had done something wrong when you hadn’t really done it? What happened? How did you feel?”
In the third grade book from that series, children compare the fable of Androcles and the Lion to the Biblical account of Daniel in the lions’ den, thus equating them as fiction. Elsewhere, a passage about American Indians’ belief in the Great Spirit asks, “If you were a god, would you walk around the earth checking on people?” Kanawha County parents from all walks of life correctly perceived that the textbooks were messing with their kids’ minds and souls.
“One of the elementary school books had a poem that referenced God, but they used a lowercase g,” Mrs. Moore recalls. “In another section, they had a plural reference to ‘gods’ capitalized. Another book had a series of prayers that an animal might make to God, and they were all complaints. The text suggested that the children try coming up with their own prayer that an animal might make.”
The ACLU, which has cardiac arrest over Christmas carols and graduation prayers, apparently had no problem with the religious references, and made no effort to aid the protesters.
In Texas, the state textbook committee in 2010 angered liberals by rejecting a review panel’s recommendations to kick out Christmas and Independence Day and ignore such famous Americans as Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein and Neil Armstrong.
Texas, the largest purchaser of textbooks after California, has been a thorn in liberals’ sides since 1961, when the late Mel and Norma Gabler began exposing errors and bias (famous example: one history book had six pages on Marilyn Monroe and only a brief mention of George Washington). The Gablers helped pave the way for the West Virginia revolt in 1974, and spoke there during the protests.
From the powerful national teachers unions to academia, what former U.S. Education Secretary William Bennett calls “the blob” is clearly on the side of the radical left. The U.S. Department of Energy has even created a school curriculum called Solar Decathlon, which tells kids that solar power is moral, unlike the evil oil and gas industries, which are probably run by fundamentalist Christians. Okay, I’m exaggerating, but it’s green propaganda.
If parents think their schools are safe, they’re whistling in the dark. In Virginia’s Loudoun County, the most conservative in the Washington, D.C. area, School Board Chairman John Stevens boasted recently to the Washington Post magazine that after a 2008 library challenge to the gay penguin book “And Tango Makes Three,” more copies are available because of donations by families – including his.
In the name of “tolerance,” the Left is working hard to indoctrinate children. But the spirit of the 1974 Kanawha County Textbook uprising is alive and well – when parents wise up.
Alice Moore’s award is a reminder of not only her courage but that of thousands who have stood between children and the “blob” that would turn them into Earth worshipers who hate America, capitalism and Christianity.