Propaganda Poses As Math

by Al Benson Jr.

Many of you may have seen the article on which was posted on January 7th and entitled “If Frederick Got Two Beatings Per Day…”

The article started out by observing “Parents in Georgia are outraged after their third grade children were assigned with homework containing references to slaves picking cotton and getting beaten” according to Atlanta’s WSB-TV. Christopher Braxton told the station he couldn’t believe the word problems in his 8-year old son’s math homework Wednesday from Beaver Ridge Elementary School in Norcross.” One question in this “homework” was “If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in one week?” Another question asked how many pounds of cotton Frederick picked. If he got two beatings every day, probably not too many! Mr. Braxton got really steamed over this question (and who can blame him) and he told the school “He’s not answering this question.” Another angry parent told the television station that: “I’m having to explain to my 8-year old why slaves or slavery or beatings are in a math problem. That hurts.” Dear anguished parent, it’s meant to hurt, to inculcate a sense of guilt. If you have been able to grasp anything about public “education” so-called, you should realize that. This parent also stated “Something like this shouldn’t be imbedded into a kid of the third, fourth, fifth, any grade.”

“Imbedded” is a good word to describe this exercise in “math” homework, because questions of this type are meant to be imbedded into these kids at this impressionable age so they don’t forget. For all the ultra-liberal and leftist hogwash about forgetting the War of Northern Aggression and “moving on” the one thing they do not ever plan to do is to let the South and its people forget the issue of slavery. This is the hickory switch of “correction” they plan to beat the South over the head with in perpetuity. Though slavery also existed in the North, in some cases, into the 1840s and 50s, that will never be mentioned–only slavery in the South. If you want to read a little more on that get Donnie Kennedy’s book Myths of American Slavery. You can find it on

According to the article on The Blaze, the teachers were supposedly doing a “cross-curricula activity” which combined math problems with ‘social studies” problems. I can only imagine what the social studies curriculum in this school looks like. Back in the ancient days when I was in school, in math class you were taught math and in social studies class you were taught what passed for American history. There was no need to combine the two. Most teachers had all they could do to teach one subject at a time and some of the ones I remember didn’t do real great at that.

Nowadays the propaganda value of this approach seems to have been discovered and so the kids will be bombarded with anti-South propaganda in every possible class. I can just picture what sort of sentences the kids will deal with in English class–how about “On all the plantations in the racist South all the slaves are routinely beaten every morning before breakfast” and the kids will be asked to either list all the parts of speech in the sentence or to diagram it. Sound far out? Not as far as you think when, in Norcross, Georgia they are already using this type of sentence in a problem in their third grade math class. How big a jump is it from one to the other?

One of the educrats in that school district in Georgia said: “We understand that there are concerns about these questions and we agree that these questions were not appropriate.” Loose translation: We tried this as an experiment this time, a trial balloon, and it didn’t fly. We got caught. So we will back off for awhile and come back with some other tack in a few months when the parents have cooled off.

Folks, we have got to begin to realize that this kind of exercise is NOT education. It is propaganda, pure and simple. Make the South look bad and promote guilt in the public school population and/or their parents, so when some sort of reparations gravy train rolls into town these guilt-ridden folks will feel it is their obligation to contribute as heavily as they can to assuage their “guilt” over a slavery they had nothing whatever to do with. The “everlasting stool of repentance” is always out there for Southern folks to sit on while endlessly confessing their guilt over a never-ending slavery question. You might say this was sort of an emotional shell game, except that is probably too charitable a description of it. But if this propaganda is imbedded in these kids at an early enough age they will grow up feeling guilty over it–and that is the real name of the game.

If you really want to get an accurate picture of what goes on in “your public schools” then get a copy of the DVD IndoctriNation which is available from Exodus Mandate. Watch it a couple times and after you have viewed it, go and take your kids out of these propaganda factories.

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