Education or Indoctrination?

This story is a week or two old at this point, but I just came across the summer reading list for Gene Ponder’s AP Government class at Spanish Fort High School in Baldwin County, Alabama:

Conservative Reading List

What shocks me the most about this story is that Eddie Tyler, the Baldwin County School Superintendent, said his decision to pull the reading list had nothing to do with its conservative content.  Apparently Ponder did not submit the list for vetting and approval before giving it to students.

If this is true, there is some serious educational malpractice going on in Baldwin County, Alabama.  This list represents an attempt to indoctrinate students in a certain brand of conservative politics.

Frankly, this list would work very well in a college or graduate course on conservative politics in America.  If I were teaching this course I would assign most of the books on the list as primary sources.

4 thoughts on “Education or Indoctrination?

  1. AP United States Government & Politics: Example Textbook List

    The list below represents examples of textbooks that meet the resource requirements of AP U.S. Government & Politics The list below is not exhaustive and the texts listed should not be regarded as endorsed, authorized, recommended, or approved by the College Board. Not using a book from this list does not mean that a course will not receive authorization. Syllabi submitted as part of the AP Course Audit process will be evaluated holistically, with textbooks considered along with supplementary, supporting resources to confirm that the course as a whole provides students with the content delineated in the curricular requirements of the AP Course Audit.

    The specified editions of the following textbooks meet the AP U.S. Government & Politics AP Course Audit resource requirements. Earlier editions of these texts or other textbooks not listed here may meet the AP Course Audit resource requirements if supplemented with appropriate college-level instructional resources. For discussions regarding the usefulness of these texts and other teaching materials in the AP U.S. Government & Politics classroom, please consult the AP U.S. Government & Politics Teacher Community.

    Please note that the texts on this list have not been reviewed by Learning List for the 2016-2017 academic year.


  2. Education is intended to open up young minds so they learn how to think, not just parrot someone else’s thought and beliefs. Anything else in indoctrination. They once taught that the earth was flat too.


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