Sept 16, 2016 by Mark Tapson
San Francisco PBS affiliate KQED is offering a Common Core-ready lesson plan designed for public school teachers who want to indoctrinate — er, teach students to embrace the idea of open borders and to reject sensible immigration restrictions, such as those proposed by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, as an intolerant, bigoted, “fear of foreigners.”
As The Daily Caller reports, the lesson plan — which comes complete with “safe space” suggestions, naturally — is offered by way of a section of the taxpayer-funded television station’s website called “The Lowdown” (“connecting newsroom to classroom”).
The lesson released this week centers on a graphic comic titled Fear of Foreigners: A History of Nativism in America. We think you can already see where this is going. The first of its 12 pages is shown above. The Daily Caller has more details:
“Students read and annotate the graphic,” reads the lesson plan. “Individually or in groups, students identify the historical factors that led to nativism by underlining or highlight evidence. Some factors are stated explicitly such as economic hardship and war. Some are implicit and require closer reading.”
The second graphic in the comic shows Trump “calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” A bold, black-and-white box then informs students that “some Americans find his rhetoric alarming, but it follows a long tradition of anti-immigrant discourse.”
The next comic graphic informs students that “we still sometimes have a tendency to blame newcomers for national problems, especially in response to tough economic times and threats to national security.”
Subsequent graphics show Ben Franklin warning of the dangers of German immigrants; the “Know-Nothings” displaying “anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant sentiment”; an illustration of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882; Ku Klux Klan members in front of a burning cross and hating Italian immigrants; a woman in front of a Ford dealership deeply concerned about Jewish immigration to the United States; “repatriation” of Mexicans during the Great Depression; a Japanese internment camp during World War II; and recent efforts in California and Arizona to curb illegal immigration.
The Daily Caller also notes that in addition to blatant bias, the comic is also marred by omissions and inaccuracies, such as its contention that “the majority” of Japanese-Americans had been citizens for “generations.”
Another bold, black-and-white box teaches students that “it’s not surprising that Mexican immigrants and Muslim communities are the targets of this recent bout of nativism” because “countless Americans still struggle economically and the nation remains on edge after recent ISIS-inspired attacks.” Apparently the comic book makers decided to omit that these ISIS-inspired attacks, not to mention Muslim terrorism in America stretching at least as far back as the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, are what has prompted legitimate concerns about Islamic immigration, not “nativism” or “economic struggles.”
“But looking back at the many times in the nation’s history when nativism reared its head,” the comic concludes, “it’s worth remembering that the anti-immigrant fervor of the moment usually passes. And eventually those targeted newcomers are woven into the patchwork quilt that makes America what it is.” Except in this case, it is the current American citizens who are being “targeted” by an unknown number of Islamic “newcomers” whose mission it is to bring America to its knees.
The lesson finishes with suggested “discussion questions” that steer the students to wonder if “nativism inherently wrong,” and “if so, how can ordinary citizens stand up against it?”
The grade level for which the lesson is intended is not immediately clear.