Illinois Review reports.
DUPO, IL – Fourth graders in Dupo Illinois are reading a biography of Barack Obama that’s raising eyebrows among St. Clair County parents. The book, which supplements the school’s Common Core curriculum, blames television for the negative behaviors the first African-American president picked up as a teen:
The book – brought to the attention this week of those on the “Moms Against Duncan – MAD” Facebook page, goes on to say white Americans were hesitant to vote for a black president, and that Obama pushed the race issue to bring the nation together.
“But some people said Americans weren’t ready for that [note how ‘that’ is italicized for emphasis in original text –VH] much change. Sure Barack was a nice fellow, they said. But white voters would never vote for a black president. Other angry voices were raised. Barack’s former pastor called the country a failure. God would damn the United States for mistreating its black citizens, he said.”
The Bluffview Elementary students were told the book’s content would be tested for grades. That brought outrage among parents just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, one of the “MAD” moms reported.
This biography of America’s 44th president, entitled “Barack Obama,” is written by Jane Sutcliffe and published by Lerner. The book is part of Scholastic’s “Reading Counts” program acceptable to the controversial Common Core curriculum standards.
An online sampling to “Barack Obama” is available HERE.
Review at Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Barack-Obama-History-Maker-Lerner/dp/0761352058
Bluffview Elementary School
905 Bluffview Elementary Lane
Dupo, Illinois 62239
Phone: 618-286-3311 (Dial 5 at the Prompt)
Principle: John Bione
Dupo Community Community Unity School District 196
600 Louisa Avenue Dupo, Il 62239
Superintendent: Dr. Stephen Smith
Dupo CUSD 196 School Board
President: Mark Nadler