NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – 9/11, the cartoon?
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee thinks it’s a good idea. He’s one of two people behind Learn Our History, a company which says it is “dedicated to celebrating America’s contributions to the world and making it fun for kids to learn our history.”
The way to make it fun? Cartoons. The company has put together three of a planned 14 videos in its “TimeCycle Academy” series. The series is about a group of kids who “go back in time to relive the most influential stories of our nation.”
They’ve produced three features so far: 9/11 & The War on Terror, Origins of World War II and The Reagan Revolution.
“Our children’s classes and learning materials are often filled with misrepresentations, including historical inaccuracies, personal biases and political correctness,” the company says, explaining part of their educational vision.
The image at the top of the website depicts three historic American figures: Benjamin Franklin, Ronald Reagan and George Washington.
The company pledges the videos are “free from distorted messages that dilute the significance of our nation’s most important series.”
A promotional clip of the 9/11 video is on YouTube. It depicts a cartoon jet hurtling toward the Twin Towers before cutting to a child looking up and saying “No!” Another child asks “Who would do such a thing?” After introducing Osama bin Laden, the cartoon shows a group of men in traditional Islamic garb, waving AK-47s, saying in heavily accented English “The time for Jihad is upon us! Death to the Americans!”
While the promotional video makes mention of the fact that bin Laden is dead, it ends with a cartoon George W. Bush delivering his iconic “I can hear you, and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon” remarks at Ground Zero.
“In this important film, the time traveling teenagers learn about America’s heroic response to the tragic events of 9/11,” the website reads. “They strive to understand why Al-Qaeda attacked us and how the ongoing War on Terror protects Americans at home and American ideals abroad.”
Watch the video:
In an introductory message on the site, Huckabee says “Schools across the country have turned their backs on our children by distorting facts, imposing political biases and changing the message behind the important lessons of our history.”
The video is available for $9.95.
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