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According to the media, the real story is that Rush is an idiot, no child would want to read anything by him, and the only reason he won the award is because Rush bought all the books himself.
Some of the outrage is palpable. The mainstream media pay so little attention to anything except itself, a lot of these people didn't know Rush Limbaugh is an author, that he had written a book for children, that it was on the bestseller list for many months. In short, they were shocked and scandalized. Not many surprises there.
The part I found interesting was that nobody pondered the question of, why is there this huge market for a book about the Pilgrims and early American history? If they taught this stuff in school, why would anybody buy a book about it?
Aha, you're thinking.
That's the big problem we have. They teach as close to nothing in the schools as they can get away with. All the great stories that children used to learn are not taught. And if somebody can come along and dramatize these stories and make them interesting, as Rush did, then you sell 1 million books.
So that's how I came to write this piece called "Rush Limbaugh takes public schools to school..."
Personally, I'm happy if somebody can make another million dollars they probably don't need. But it would be so much better if schools did a better job and this market did not exist. But if schools refuse to do their job, then I hope lots of other people get into the game. The more, the better.