Thursday, October 8, 2020

10 Most Extreme Examples of Anti-American Sentiment at US Colleges, and How Trump's 1776 Commission Could Reverse It

During a Constitution Day address on Thursday, President Donald Trump announced the creation of the 1776 commission, seeking, “to promote patriotic education.” The president wanted to “encourage our educators to teach our children about the miracle of American history.”
National Association of Scholars President Peter Wood spoke with Campus Reform about the importance of the commission. He called the 1776 commission a welcome, “push-back against the New York Times' '1619 Project' and other propagandistic efforts to undermine the teaching of accurate American history in our schools and colleges.”
Wood stressed the importance of accurate teaching of American History, arguing that, “our political liberty and economic prosperity are rooted in the American Founding, and that these achievements can easily be lost if we fail to teach that history and the values expressed in that history to every new generation.”
When asked if there were any specific ideas the commission should include, Wood said, “the rise of slavery beginning in the late 17th century in the colonies, and the opposition to slavery beginning soon after should be taught, along with the increasing prominence in the 18th century of ideals of universal rights.”
Wood said if he had a chance to speak to all Americans, “I would want to refresh people's memories about two things: first, the attempt in the early 1990s to draft a U.S. history curriculum, under the direction of the historian Gary Nash, and second, the attempt by the College Board in 2014 to impose new Advanced Placement U.S. History Standards.”
Wood condemned these new curricula saying, “In both cases, these efforts were essentially captured by academics who harbored deep biases against traditional American values and who ended up presenting 'narratives' aimed at persuading American schoolchildren to disdain their own country. The new Commission is needed in no small part because of the destructive legacy of these earlier to capture the teaching of U.S. History for the political goals of factions that truly disdain our country.”
Campus Reform has reported for years on the anti-American sentiment that has become prevalent on college campuses.
Compiled here are some examples of this sentiment, held by students and educators alike.
1. College profs mark Fourth of July by bashing America
A litany of professors used America’s birthday celebrations as a time to bash her.
Haverford College’s Eric Hartman argued that America is, “Never working to right wrongs.” Villanova University’s Elizabeth Kolsky said that the Revolution, “contributed to the worldwide spread of white supremacy.”
“Americans do not even seem to believe Black people even deserve the right to pursue happiness," was the interpretation of Nikki Taylor, the head of Howard University's history department.
2. Shocking number of young Americans say other countries are better
Almost half of young Democrats would argue that other countries are better than the United States; barely 20 percent of Republicans in the same age range agreed.
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