A new SAT prep book admonishes former president Ronald Reagan on social issues and economics.
Did President Reagan ruin the economy? That’s what one textbook is teaching students. http://t.co/68DaysLPT3
— yaf (@yaf) June 9, 2015
As commentary by the Young America’s Foundation (YAF) points out, Kaplan’s latest edition of the SAT Subject-Test Guide for U.S. History paints the 40th president in a negative light. For example, Chapter 34 “The Triumph of Conservatism, 1980-1992” starts by stating that he was known as both “The Great Communicator” and the “Teflon president.”
The book also suggested that although the Gipper “connected with voters,” his popularity came in spite of “what went wrong during ‘his watch.’” YAF explains other issues from there:
The Guide proceeds to complete the introductory paragraph by crudely characterizing an important element of President Reagan’s base of support, claiming with harsh rhetoric that conservatives desire the ‘repression’ of homosexuality, feminism and abortion instead of the preservation of traditional values.
According to the writers, ‘Fundamentalist Christians led by Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell organized … on behalf of their extremely active supporters …. They favored prayer in the schools and repression of homosexuality; they were antifeminist and anti-abortion. The stage was set for an all-out assault on liberalism.’
Kaplan was also critical of ‘Reaganomics’, noting that the former president “maintained [emphasis mine] that the increased prosperity of people at the top of society would ‘trickle down’ to the workers and the poor at the bottom.”
Of course, the guide ultimately fails to give President Reagan his due credit, insinuating not only that ‘Reagan’s program caused the national debt to soar from under $1 trillion to nearly $3 trillion,’ but also that ‘Income distribution became increasingly skewed’ as a result of his supply-side policies.
In addition, ‘Deep cuts in federal spending left states and cities desperate for money,’ the writers lament, but ‘Everyone did not suffer,’ what with President Reagan’s administration working only for the greedy top-percent.
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