Americans everywhere were outraged to discover fifth grade students in Texas were being taught that United States foreign policy decisions helped cause the tragic 9/11 terrorist attacks. TheBlaze reported last week that students in Corpus Christi, Texas were required to watch a controversial video, distributed by digital education company Safari Montage, and then take an accompanying quiz that placed blame on the U.S., not radical Islam, for the 2001 World Trade Center attacks, which left nearly 3,000 people dead.
Following a firestorm over the quiz question, Safari Montage pulled the question from its program. However, the company has no plans to pull the actual video, which essentially teaches the exact same point found in the quiz question. The company that created the video, Schlessinger Media, just so happens to be owned by Safari Montage.
The video, titled “Remembering September 11th,” was published in 2002, just one year after 9/11. The video has been taught in “tens of thousands” of schools across the country for the better part of a decade, Safari Montage Executive Editor Lori Griffin told TheBlaze in an email.
TheBlaze has reviewed the video in question. Here’s word-for-word what is taught in the video:
Kid: “Why would the terrorists be so mad at us anyway?”
Man: “A lot of people blame the United States for problems around the world.”
Kid: “I don’t get it.”
Man: “America is such a big and powerful country that the decisions we make here affect other countries around the world. And a lot of people think that we don’t use our power the right way. That’s because sometimes the things we do here can have a negative effect on other countries. And a lot of people disagree with the decisions and policies that the United States has.”
Watch the relevant portion of the video via Schlessinger Media/Safari Montage below: