President Donald Trump rejected the cynical version of American history taught in elementary and secondary schools. He recently unveiled a new nonprofit that will design educational materials to accurately depict the nation’s history.
Trump said there’s no time to waste during the White House Conference on American History on September 17 (Constitution Day).
American History Highjacked by Radicals
Firstly, there is a “left-wing cultural revolution” underway that “is designed to overthrow the American Revolution,” said Trump. He also stated that “left-wing rioting and mayhem are the direct result of decades of left-wing indoctrination in our schools” that has “gone on far too long.”
“Propaganda tracts, like those of [the late communist professor] Howard Zinn,” are used in schools “to make students ashamed of their own history.”
“The left has warped, distorted, and defiled the American story with deceptions, falsehoods, and lies,” Trump said. “There is no better example than The New York Times’ totally discredited 1619 Project. This project rewrites American history to teach our children that we were founded on the principle of oppression, not freedom.”
“Nothing could be further from the truth,” the president said. “America’s founding set in motion the unstoppable chain of events that abolished slavery, secured civil rights, defeated communism and fascism, and built the fairest, equal, and prosperous nation in human history.”
The address came before the president described critical race theory, which is in vogue in post-secondary educational institutions, as being “like a cancer” in a September 24 speech.
Trump signed Executive Order 13950 on September 22, banning the teaching of critical race theory. This neo-Marxist ideology makes race the central consideration and justification for what happens in American society, within the government, and among government contractors and their employees. Trump called the theory “divisive and harmful.”
Leftists counter that the theory is needed to promote racial equality by highlighting the supposed damage that white people have done to others in society.
The president has also vowed to sign an executive order creating a “1776 Commission” that would promote patriotic education within the United States.
Secondly, the new nonprofit, American Achievement Testing (AAT), received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to design instructional materials for kindergarten through 12th-grade U.S. history courses.
The history textbook “Land of Hope” by Wilfred McClay, holder of the G.T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty at the University of Oklahoma, and the director of its Center for the History of Liberty will be the core text used in the project. Hillsdale College in Michigan already uses this textbook.
McClay is a member of AAT’s academic advisory board, alongside notable academics James Ceaser of the University of Virginia, and Harvey C. Mansfield Jr. of Harvard University.
AAT’s approach to rescuing American history education from the grip of anti-American radicals, “represents a sharp break with the failed approach of the national education reform movement supported for years by the conservative education establishment,” Stanley Kurtz writes at National Review.
“Instead of attempting to impose a national curriculum, AAT hopes to return our education system to the principles of federalism, competition, and local control.”
De-radicalize American History
Thirdly, AAT Chief Executive Officer Theodor Rebarber explained AAT’s objective in an interview with The Epoch Times.
“It has a social mission to improve education and to serve educators. Our mission is to provide them great tools to provide a great education for their students or children.”
With seed funding from the NEH, AAT will move forward with its first project, which focuses on American history, Rebarber said, adding the nonprofit plans to raise additional funds for the project from the citizenry. The organization is developing teacher materials, lesson plans, and unit tests, he said.
It will provide “strong instructional support for teachers,” Rebarber said.
“This effort is a grassroots organization. This will give parents and citizens opportunity to correct current distorted American history.”
Fourthly, there may be pressure on educators and publishers to moderate the radicalism of the materials they use, Rebarber said.
Just look at the Advanced Placement (A.P.) “course framework for American history [and] there is less than half a page on the U.S. Constitution, but there are pages and pages on much less important things,” he said.
Then courses describe property negatively. “There are no references [in it] to property rights in the U.S. Constitution protecting you from the government taking your property without just compensation,” he said.
“There is a lack of balance that leads you to a very distorted view of American history.”
Even though AAT will show negative aspects of American history, students will come out of this course “with an accurate view of American history that makes them understand the many reasons to be proud of American history.
“If all of what you’ve learned in school is that property is a tool of injustice, then why should you respect the property of others?
“The distorted values in a distorted history certainly set the tone for what we’ve seen.”
Peter Wood, president of NAS, shared his thoughts. “The radicalization of students takes place on college campuses. College administrators readily accommodate radical members of their faculty. They play a large role in the riots over the last six months or so,” he said.
Many rioters are college students. “They are eager to replace it with anarchy or a socialist paradise,” he added. These people “think that physical destruction and mayhem, and attacks on individuals, is the avenue toward that goal.”
via The Epoch Times
BY MATTHEW VADUM September 29, 2020, Updated: September 30, 2020