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August 03, 2011

It's The 9/11 Cartoon Show! You Know - For Kids!

Quick show of hands - who thinks teaching (not sure if that's the right word) the kids about the horrors of 9/11 via a cheaply made propraganda cartoon is a good idea? Well, you're in luck: former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee's new venture, a company called Learn Our History, has just the thing for you:

 

I was half expecting the Ambiguously Gay Duo to show up and punch Bin Laden. Anyway, Huck himself makes an appearance on the company's website, explaining that because schools today are distorting facts and not Red White and Blue washing events and the causes behind them, your kids should learn the truth from his 9/11 cartoon, which doesn't bother with nonsense like "root causes" and "blowback", instead focusing on the important stuff, like God loves America because we love God.

Before you go labelling me as the guy who wants Howard Zinn's version of history in the classroom, consider this: the answer to having "left-biased" (if that's the phrase we're using) curriculum in schools is not dumbing it down with reactionary crap. (A reminder: Christopher Columbus did not, in fact, discover America.) The way to avoid raising a generation of morons: encouraging kids and teachers to take a neutral look at the people and events that shape our history - to teach facts, and not wrap them in mythological trappings.  

Rather than buy this, I think I'll hold off until my kids are old enough to read Lawrence Wright's The Leaning Tower. Unless Mr. Wright can be persuaded to write a graphic novel. On second thought, maybe that's not such a good idea.

(Thanks to Marinka for the heads-up.)



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