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Taking Back The Textbooks    

  By: Dr. Jake Jacobs
   Published : January 19, 2018

It was Columbia University Professor of Sociology Todd Gitlin—a one-time president of Students for a Democratic Society—who when lamenting about Ronald Reagan becoming governor of California in 1967 and Richard Nixon becoming president of the United States in 1969, declared "The New Left lost the politics of the Sixties but “We won the textbooks!”

I want you to think about that for a moment. "We won the textbooks!" Todd Gitlin, this radical Socialist of the Sixties, professor at Columbia University, and fellow comrade of radical militant Socialists like Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn, unabashedly bragged about "winning the textbooks!" 

"Winning the textbooks is really code-speak for "Winning the classrooms!" While these comrades didn't win their Communist revolution in the streets in the Sixties they did put on a suit, earned their Ph.Ds and became the teachers of today's teachers; thus they are winning in the classrooms through politically correct control over teachers, curriculum, textbooks, and students.

I noticed this left-wing victory early in my teaching career as the textbooks and curriculum I was given to use was very conveniently devoid of the impact Christianity played in Western Civilization and/or in American history. When teaching my World History class on slavery and the abolition movement in England, my textbook, in dealing with the two key players in the ending of slavery in the U.K., William Wilberforce and Equiano, the textbook I was told to use said nothing about their passionate love of Jesus Christ and how Christianity played a key role in motivating them in their thirty-year-long fight to outlaw slavery. 

  When you read Equiano's wonderful 1789 autobiography, which was a best-selling book and helped enlighten people on the evil of slavery, you find it full of Christian theology, scriptural references and his love of Jesus Christ. In my World History textbook, not a word on this. When you read William Wilberforce's Real Christianity (1797), like Equiano, you find its pages full of Christian theology, scriptural references and his love of Jesus Christ that motivated him as a member of parliament to pass laws to end the slave trade and slavery. In my World History textbook, not a word on this.


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