You have got to be kidding me! A while back I posted about the conservative homeschool company Veritas Press, and the things that I found interesting about their catalogue. Somehow I ended up on their email list, and yesterday received the following Christmas greeting. There is no need to watch the whole clip; you can probably tell what concerns me by just looking at the first image. (I originally had the whole video pasted into this post, but felt the image was too disturbing for my blog.)
I have no intention of getting into any sort of debate about the second amendment. I come from a family where lots of different people hunt, and I’m not anti-gun ownership. But what the heck? I have never, ever in my entire life seen an educator or somebody in the educational field represent themself, their school, or their company holding a gun. Can you imagine if your child’s school sent out holiday cards with a picture of the principal holding a rifle in the school office?
I think this is one of the biggest “lack of professional judgment” examples I have ever seen in the field of education. I don’t think that guns should be associated with schools, nor should they be associated with religion. I also don’t think that guns should be associated with teaching from a religious perspective — any religious perspective. Combine this with a homeschooling company that believes young children should not learn science, and a literary catalogue that mainly teaches American history from the Caucasian perspective and you leave me, a former public school teacher, wondering if I should throw their catalogue in the trash.
Before I wrote this post I did not know that Veritas Press promotes the author Douglas Wilson who is on the record for being pro-slavery This is from Wikipedia:
Wilson’s most controversial work is probably his pamphlet Southern Slavery, As It Was (ISBN 1-885767-17-X), which he wrote along with League of the South co-founder and fellow Christian minister Steve Wilkins. The pamphlet stated that “slavery produced in the South a genuine affection between the races that we believe we can say has never existed in any nation before the War or since.”
This explains the dearth of children’s books in the Veritas Press catalogue that describe the American experience of non-whites. I cannot understand how anyone could purchase products from a company that in associated with a pro-slavery author. That’s a major deal-breaker for me, and I have indeed thrown the Veritas Press catalogue in the trash.
For further information, please see:
Southern Slavery as it Wasn’t by Sean M. Quinlan, Ph.D., and William L. Ramsey, Ph.D.