Dozens of Purdue professors voice concerns to Daniels over Zinn comments

INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI/AP) — A group of Purdue University professors says it is concerned about school President Mitch Daniels' continued insistence that liberal historian Howard Zinn was a "fraud."

Ninety professors wrote an open letter to Daniels on Monday saying they were more troubled by his continued criticism of Zinn's "A People's History of the United States" now than they were by emails about the historian that he sent as governor.

You can view the letter in its entirety here.

Those emails were published last week by The Associated Press and showed Daniels calling for the removal of Zinn's work from teacher preparation courses.

A Daniels spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday morning.

The letter comes amid continuing criticism from academics over Daniels' assertions that Zinn was "anti-American" and a teacher training course including his work was "crap."

After the AP report, Daniels said his comments applied only to K through 12 education and the emails had been "distorted" by the Associated Press.

After a recent Board of Trustees meeting, Daniels defended his position. He said 99 percent of parents in the state would want their children to use some other book than Howard Zinn's book, which Daniels said is a false version of American history.

The continued controversy comes just a few days after the Purdue Board of Trustees approved more than $58,000 in incentive pay for Daniels for "exceeding expectations" in his first six months as president.

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Mitch Daniels is the farthest thing from a supporter of public education. His being nominated by his self-appointed trustees at Purdue is a joke and a slap in the face to all the wonderful, loyal, and caring professors at Purdue. His record as governor for supporting public education and higher education is deplorable. He and his sidekick Tony Bennett, along with his crony republicans in the house tried to destroy public education. During his first term as Governor, a well-known and popular superintendent called Mitch a liar. Boy, was he right on the money. When Mitch doesn't get his way, he pouts and throws temper tantrums-what a "PUNK." I hope they pressure him out of Purdue. He can join his buddy Tony in Florida.

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