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Purdue president Daniels responds to negative Associated Press article

by Mike Loizzo and Stephanie Wiechmann

July 17, 2013

Purdue President Mitch Daniels says an Associated Press article released yesterday about him is erroneous and unfair.  The article focuses on Daniels’ dislike of Howard Zinn’s book A People’s History of the United States.  It quotes a 2010 email exchange between then-governor Daniels and education officials when Daniels indicated he did not want the book taught for credit.

Today in a press conference at Purdue University, Daniels says he was referring to K-12 education and stands by his decision that the book should not be used.

Daniels says he supports academic freedom and thinks university professors should be free to include whatever they want in their courses.

Howard Zinn was a World War II veteran and a political science professor at Boston University.  He wrote several anti-war books during the Vietnam War.  A People’s History of the United States, published in 1980, questions how history books talk about American history.  Zinn died in 2010.