Sept. 17 (UPI) — President Donald Trump on Thursday introduced plans for a brand new fee to advertise “patriotic schooling” in U.S. faculties.
Talking on the Nationwide Archives Museum, Trump signed an govt order establishing what he referred to as the 1776 Fee, which is aimed toward encouraging educators to show about “the miracle of American historical past” and make plans in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the USA.
“The one path to nationwide unity is thru our shared identification as Individuals,” Trump stated in the course of the occasion dubbed the White Home Convention on American Historical past. “That’s the reason it’s so pressing that we lastly restore patriotic schooling to our faculties.”
Throughout the occasion, Trump additionally said that the Nationwide Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a grant to help the event of a “pro-American curriculum” and that he beforehand signed an govt order to ascertain the Nationwide Backyard of American Heroes, an out of doors park which can characteristic statue of figures from U.S. historical past.
He additionally highlighted his transfer earlier this month to direct federal businesses to cease all contracts and coaching on “White privilege,” and “essential race idea.”
Trump decried riots throughout protests all through the nation calling for an finish to systemic racism and police brutality in addition to The New York Occasions’ 1619 Venture, an ongoing initiative by the newspaper launched final 12 months to reframe U.S. historical past by marking the 12 months when enslaved Africans first arrived because the date of the nation’s founding.
“Whether or not it’s the mob on the road, or cancel tradition within the boardroom, the purpose is similar: to silence dissent, to scare you out of talking the reality and to bully Individuals into abandoning their values, their heritage and their very lifestyle,” he stated.
Chris Dier, Louisiana’s 2020 trainer of the 12 months, stated that Trump’s criticisms of the U.S. schooling system had been misguided.
“I am not educating my college students to hate America,” Dier instructed The Washington Publish. “We’re educating our college students to embrace our nation, even the issues which might be damaging. We’re selecting to not ignore the ghosts of our nation’s previous.”
Arne Duncan, who served as schooling secretary below former President Barack Obama, stated that Trump has “no skill” to set curriculums in U.S. faculties and that points taught in lecture rooms are “at all times native choices.”
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