E-mails reveal former Ind. Gov. Mitch Daniels' attempts to silence liberal scholars
- E-mails obtained by the Associated Press reveal that while Purdue University President Mitch Daniels served as Indiana's governor, he attempted to purge the state's classrooms of the writings of liberal scholar Howard Zinn, a Boston University historian and political activist.
- An e-mail from Daniels to top state education officials in February 2010, sent several days after Zinn's death, requests assurance that the historian's works were not "in use anywhere in Indiana," while also labeling Zinn "anti-American" and seemingly celebrating his passing.
- Zinn was best-known for his popular textbook A People's History of the United States, which framed history through the eyes of oppressed people, and which Daniels called "anti-factual" and "truly execrable," and Daniels continued defending his criticism to the AP, saying the state's textbook oversight law is meant to "guard against frauds like Zinn."
From the article:
... In another e-mail, sent on April 11, 2009, Mr. Daniels said that a program run by Charles L. Little, a clinical professor of education leadership at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, should be audited and potentially barred from receiving state funds, the AP reported. Mr. Little, executive director of the Indiana Urban Schools Association, was a frequent critic of the governor. ...
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