White house history conference: Trump’s vision for American history education is a nightmare.

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White house history conference: Trump’s vision for American history education is a nightmare.

Trump, part infomercial, part self-indulgent whining, part 1980s nostalgia, and 100 percent anti-intellectual.

The same president who made up a Civil War battle in order to put a faux historical marker on his golf course, whose administration meddles with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to alter or suppress information, and who still denies the truth of climate change, trotted out a panel of quasi-experts, along with two actual historians—and, inexplicably, Ben Carson—to advance two ideas simultaneously. The panel argued the case that American historians (besides them, of course) have abandoned the Enlightenment ideals of the Founding Fathers to engage in free inquiry. At the same time, they proposed that historians should stop examining the complexities of figures from the American past, and instead offer our nation’s children simple heroes they could unreservedly admire. These two ideas are fundamentally incompatible—a fact that didn’t seem to bother the panelists.

All of the panelists, as it turns out, were there to promote the adoption of American intellectual historian Wilfred McClay’s recently published American history textbook, Land of Hope—including McClay himself, whose presence on the panel, along with that of Civil War historian Allen Guelzo of Princeton, served as a scholarly fig leaf to cover the naked polemicism of the event.* Theodor Rebarber, a champion of charter schools and a critic of current K–12 approaches to history education, was there to argue that an entire curriculum based on McClay’s book, and funded from a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, should be adopted—if not mandated—in all American schools.

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Wilfred M. McClay  currently the Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy.

Wilfred M. McClay has written Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story.[1] It’s meant to be used as a textbook in homes, private schools, and charter schools

Lincoln the Great NEH By Wilfred M. McClay

Leviticus on the Fourth of July By Wilfred M. McClay July 3, 2019

This land is your land, and this land is my land

This land is your land,
and this land is my land

From the California,

to the New York Island

From the Redwood Forest,

to the Gulf stream waters

This land was made for you and me.
– WOODY GUTHRIE
ALL YOU FASCISTS BOUND TO LOOSE

Shana tova Happy Healthy New Year To All

Shana tova!

Happy Healthy New Year To All

Historically, the Jewish New Year is marked by the sound of a shofar, a ram’s horn.
“Just as mortal kings proclaim the beginning of their sovereignty with the blowing of trumpets, so on this day when The Lord’s rule is acknowledged we do likewise. ”
#RoshHashanah

Teach the Star Spangled Banner

TEACH THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER

https://edu-cyberpg.com/Music/starspangledbanner.html

Here is the SMITHSONIAN on just how ugly the bigotry of Francis Scott Key & the Star Spangled Banner truly is.

Francis Scott Key was a racist slave-owner. The third verse of the “national” anthem talks about killing slaves who fought for their freedom with the British.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore,
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Francis Scott Key, a slaveholding lawyer from an old Maryland plantation family, wrote the song that would in 1931 become the national anthem and proclaim our nation “the land of the free.” (Wikimedia Commons, Joseph Wood, c. 1825)

CLASSROOM MUSIC: THE STATE SONG

https://edu-cyberpg.com/Music/statesong.html

Maryland My Maryland is sung at the Preakness Stakes which is televised. Maryland lawmakers who support changing the official state song think the time is right to finally wipe away “Northern scum” and other sensitive pre-Civil War phrases.

WHAT IS OFFENSIVE – TEACH IN CONTEXT

K12 Education Prison Industrial Complex Supply Chain Business

HIGH SCHOOL DROP OUT RATES

The Prison Industrial Complex: Putting Inmates to Work: 1930s – the 2010’s

Factories with Fences
Slave Labor that produces products
the U.S. Government and private companies.

$16,000.oo for pre school education

vs.

$$$ 45,000.oo per prisoner per year ! ! !