Daniels: Goal was to keep kids from reading Zinn

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Purdue University President Mitch Daniels says his attempt to keep liberal historian Howard Zinn's work out of teacher preparation courses was designed to ensure Indiana's K-12 students wouldn't read it.

Daniels has come under fire in academic circles nationwide for emails obtained by The Associated Press showing his efforts to keep Zinn's "A People's History of the United States" out of Indiana classrooms during his second term as governor.

Daniels ordered his education team in 2010 to "disqualify the propaganda" in teacher training courses at Indiana's universities. He called a Civil Rights course teaching Zinn's book "crap" that should not count for credit.

He said Friday that he never limited academic freedom and repeated that Zinn wrote what he called a "falsified" version of history.

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