Thanks to the coronavirus crisis, we have a new vocabulary, including “bending the curve” of the disease to protect the public health system from collapse.
But other curves should be bent upward and not down including America’s civic education.
Recent national test scores show once again that young people do not know American history or how their government works. Only 24% of 8th graders tested as “proficient” in government and proficiency in history dropped to a pitiful 15%. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos rightly called the test results “stark and inexcusable.”
But these scores have been low for years and little has been done. It’s time that we require students to study as much civics and history as they do math and science. It’s past time that we demand our students understand the country they will soon be running.
Townhall Review – November 9, 2019
Hugh Hewitt talks with Marc Lotter, director of strategic communications for Trump/Pence 2020, about election strategy.
Hugh Hewitt and Michael Oren, former Israeli Ambassador to the United States, talk about the threats Israel faces.
Sebastian Gorka talks with reporter John Soloman about his claims that former Vice President Joe Biden forced Ukraine to stop an investigation of a company his son was involved with.
Dan Proft and Amy Jacobson talk with David Hall about his book, “Did America Have a Christian Founding?: Separating Modern Myth from Historical Truth.”
Dennis Prager and Mike Rowe, of “Dirty Jobs,” discuss career choices that don’t require college degrees.
Larry Elder talks with UCLA economics professor Lee Ohanian about the problems associated with a minimum wage.Read More »
Representative Ilhan Omar, known for demagoguery about the Middle East, recently displayed her appalling ignorance about the United States.
Just last week, 405 members of Congress united to condemn the mass slaughter of Armenian Christians by Turkish Muslims in 1915. As one of only 14 House members refusing to support this resolution, Omar declared: “A true acknowledgment of historical crimes against humanity must include … Native American genocide, which took the lives of hundreds of millions of indigenous people in this country.”
In fact, peak indigenous population before the arrival of Europeans amounted to 3 to 5 million, and no credentialed historian has ever claimed than more than 18 million lived on this continent. Omar’s claim of “hundreds of millions” of victims laughably misses the mark and historians agree that the vast majority of native losses came through disease, not massacres.
Ilhan Omar’s instinct to insult and assault the USA flippantly disregards historical facts.Read More »
Seth Leibsohn invites Professor Wilfred McClay, author of The Land Of Hope: An Invitation To The Great American Story, on his history book, and the current state of education.Read More »
Dennis Prager talks with Douglas Carswell, author and former British Member of Parliament about his book, “Progress Vs Parasites: A Brief History of the Conflict that’s Shaped our World.”Read More »
The state of California is now considering an ethnic studies curriculum for the public schools—and we should all take notice.
For decades, California has had an outsize influence on such things as curriculum and textbooks because if a textbook is adopted in California, it’s likely also to be adopted elsewhere.
I knew this proposed curriculum would be bad. But it’s even worse than I imagined.
Capitalism is presented as racist.
The English language is re-tooled. The word “history,” for example, is abandoned because it contains the oppressive word “his”—which is too rigid, representing a “gender binarist” approach to telling history.
Academic disciplines are turned upside down and inside out.
The proposed curriculum itself makes it very clear what the objective is: the absolute social transformation of the United States.
In essence, we’re looking at not only a new curriculum, but the rewriting of history, and a redefining of reality.Read More »