Proposed history curriculum paints colonists as bigots, omits American icons
According to a recent online survey conducted by Reuters, about 70% of Americans are concerned that mass illegal immigration is a threat to the nation’s culture, as well as the economy. Now there are even concerns that new history curriculums for public schools are intentionally leaving major American figures and accomplishments.
These new curriculums, which have been proposed for the top high school students in the nation, “leave out such American icons as Benjamin Franklin and Martin Luther King, Jr., paint colonists as bigots and gloss over the Greatest Generation’s fight to save the world from Nazi Germany, according to conservative education activists who want the framework delayed, and perhaps scrapped altogether,” according to Fox News.
Conservative education activists are circulating an open letter, with signatories calling on the Colege Board to delay the implementation of new Advanced Placement United States History guidelines, noting that a “rising tide of opposition” to them believes that the curriculum will be harmful to the nation’s culture, as well as its future.
“The framework ignores the rise of democratic institutions such as the House of Burgesses and New England town meetings,” the letter says. “It also omits the colonists’ growing commitment to religious freedom and the emergence of a pluralistic society that lacked an entrenched aristocracy.”
“And you’re not going to find Thomas Jefferson and the House of Burgesses and the cradle of democracy either,” said Larry Krieger, who retired in 2005 following more than three decades in the classroom. “And finally, you’re not going to find Benjamin Franklin and the birth of American entrepreneurialism.”
“What you’re going to find is our nation’s founders portrayed as bigots who developed a belief in white superiority that was, in turn, derived from a strong belief in British racial and cultural superiority,” Krieger told Fox News.
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