My View: Why Trump’s “1776 Commission” Is a Very Bad Idea

Diane Ravitch's blog

I was invited to write for The Hill, a D.C.-based website, about why I oppose the Trump administration’s executive order creating a “1776 Commission” to promote “patriotic education.” Here is my article.

Trump signed an executive order on November 2, the day before the election, establishing the Commission. The reason, the order said, was that “…in recent years, a series of polemics grounded in poor scholarship has vilified our Founders and our founding.  Despite the virtues and accomplishments of this Nation, many students are now taught in school to hate their own country, and to believe that the men and women who built it were not heroes, but rather villains.”

The Commission is a direct response to the 1619 Project, which was published by the New York Times and edited by Nicole-Hannah Jones. It sought to see American history through the African-American experience. I suspect that Trump never read…

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