Monday, June 25, 2012

"God used the 'Trail of Tears' to bring many Indians to Christ"

In August of 2010, a woman I met while on vacation asked me if I knew about the A Beka books. I didn't, and hadn't given them another thought until today, when I saw the multiple references on Twitter to the Sociological Images website and their excerpts from the A Beka books. Here's a screen shot from the video:

Watch the entire video. Interesting excerpts, interesting teaching, funded by your tax dollars. 


jpm said...

God used the Trail of Tears? Like, the Trail of Tears just kind of happened, so God took advantage of it? Or it was God's idea to begin with?? What self-serving claptrap.

Crystal said...

I don't think that tax money goes to A Beka. Home schoolers may get a tax deduction, but I don't think it goes directly to curriculum costs? A Beka is published by a Christian company and is in use for many home-school families, but also in private Christian schools. It is clearly slanted by conservative Christianity and is full of stereotypes. I'm not a fan.

Anonymous said...

I got curious when I saw this. A Beka is big with home schoolers and according to this source
in 2011, 9000 schools were using the textbooks. There was a lawsuit in S. Calif. to get the books out of schools.
A Beka also runs charter schools.
The above mentioned site offers quite a critique on the text.
I was appalled that A Beka uses images of children of color (heck, of any children!) on a site to promote their products.

Anonymous said...

This is more than a little disturbing. If that quote isn't meant in an ironic way, then it's disgraceful.

Anonymous said...

Not that you should be surprised. ABeka is either Bob Jones or Pensacola's curriculum. I was homeschooled exclusively on these two: K-10th so I speak from exp. Attack BJ for their sexist racist homophobic curriculum. And also not sure why you're shocked that this comes from inherently hateful institutions.

Anonymous said...

quote ""God used the 'Trail of Tears' to bring many Indians to Christ" end quote

this is insulting to all who lost their lives . how hypocritical to use god name in vain ... may you burn in hell for that statement ... simple truth was a theft of land and life due to greed plain n simple. god had nothing to do with it .. using god as a reason makes you no better then the terrorist, nazism who do not respect life ..

James 4:17
So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

Matthew 7:5
You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.

bet you dont have the nerve to approve of this message and will either delete it or edit it ... shame shame shame ...

Anonymous said...

How ironic that I found this as the first site when I searched "trail of tears, youth literature" so I could find a book for my 13 year old homeschooled son to become aware of the plight of Native Americans. As a Christian educator who has never used Abeka curriciulum, I apologize for such offensive and insensitive presentation of history as somehow "Christian." Although God can reach out His hand of love in any situation, that doesn't take away from the fact that man's inhumanity to man and bigotry and racism (such as is evidenced in The Trail of Tears) are sin.

Keep on fighting the good fight and exposing such things! May God bless you!