Founding Fathers MIA in the classroom?
As hard (or easy) as it may be to believe, the education establishment in North Carolina is proposing new standards that would eliminate the teaching of any American history prior to 1877 to high school seniors.
Of course, the people pushing these changes have a perfectly logical explanation...
We are certainly not trying to go away from American history," Rebecca Garland, the chief academic officer for North Carolina Department of Public
Instruction, told Fox News. "What we are trying to do is figure out a way to teach it where students are connected to it, where they see the big idea, where they are able to make connections and draw relationships between parts of our history and the present day."
As the North Carolina curriculum stands now, ninth-grade students take world history, 10th-graders study civics and economics and 11th-graders take U.S. history going back to the country's founding.
Under the proposed change, the ninth-graders would take a course called global studies, focusing in part on issues such as the environment. The 10th grade still would study civics and economics, but 11th-graders would take U.S. history only from 1877 onward.
If we are indeed to be a self-governing society then it's necessary for the citizenry to know "how" and "why" the government came into being. In order to appreciate (and want to defend) our rights, it's necessary to know "where" they come from, (hint: not government).
But a truly knowledgeable and self-governing citizenry is not what liberals want. Because such people aren't easily manipulated. Which makes it harder to put liberal ideas into practice.
The bottom line here is that the ideas represented by our Founding Fathers are dangerous. Especially to government and people in positions of authority. Solution? Stop teaching the ideas. Which in this case means just ignore the entire period of time in our nation's history that was dominated by those ideas.