By Danette Clark
Discovery Education, the education division of Discovery Channel and Discovery Communications, currently provides curriculum resources to more than 1 million educators serving more than 35 million students.
Ironically, Discovery Education claims to provide “non-fiction”, “high quality content” to educators and students, when in fact, what they offer is a generous supply of superficial and extremely biased material fabricated by radicals.
For example, Discovery provides lessons to Kindergarten through 5th grade students on white privilege (a favored topic among progressives). The lesson recommends, as resources, two very radical organizations, Rethinking Schools and Southern Poverty Law Center.
In 2012, Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican-American Studies program was terminated after it was determined that curriculum material, among other violations of state law, promoted racism and the overthrow of the United States government.
Several books used as supporting curriculum material were subsequently removed from Tucson classrooms because they were found to be extremely hostile toward whites and depicted white people and America, in general, as racist and oppressive. One of the books removed was Rethinking Columbus: The Next 500 Years by Rethinking Schools.
Read about Rethinking Schools’ social justice math curriculum here.
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) (also recommended by Discovery Education’s white privilege lesson) praises and promotes the work of communist educator Bill Ayers while labeling the Christian organization, Family Research Council, as a hate group because of its opposition to same-sex marriage.
Another Discovery lesson, created by AGC/United Learning, offers a melodramatic revisionist history of Christopher Columbus so overinflated that it is literally laughable. The lesson proclaims, that “because of the explorations of just one man named Christopher Columbus…”, native Americans lost both their land and their lives to their new European rulers and millions of Africans were brought to the New World to be slaves.
Discovery Education works with the Council of Chief State School Officers in the areas of professional development and assessments, and much of its digital content was specifically created to align with the Common Core State Standards.