Last Monday, the Pennridge School Board, located outside of Philadelphia, imposed a new social studies curriculum that will require teachers to incorporate lessons from the 1776 Curriculum, a controversial K-12 course of study developed by Hillsdale College, a private Christian institution that promotes right-wing ideologies.
This just BEGS for a class-action lawsuit by the parents. And, it emphasizes the need to pay attention to who you're voting for, particularly on the local and State level. Shows that who sits on your local school board is just as important as who sits in the West Wing.
An editorial in today's Philadelphia Inquirer offered a bold solution - put the two curricula side by side and let the students decide. The writer argues that the students will be able to see both the ugly side of America's past and the whitewashed and sanitized version offered by Hillsdale. What a brilliant exercise in critical thinking, and most HS students will see right thru the tripe being forced on them by the right wing school board. Imagine the conversations in the classroom...and around the dinner table...and in future school board meetings. Of course it will never happen, the right wing cannot allow that Defcon 6 level threat to unfold.
And the beat goes on. I get Hillsdale Collage (sic) mailings and boy oh boy, those are some sick puppies there in Hillsdale (what a dumb-ass made-up name).
Their toxic mix of pseudo-religion and pseudo-history are a heady brew to be sure and that authentic authoritarian flavored brew definitely "hooked" up to 5 members of the school board. Or, was there money involved?
Remember the formula? Conservative=Grifter every GD time!!!
We know that this reeks of dark money and dirty politics. Thanks to Judd and his team we are keeping abreast of those who are striving to put money and power in charge of turning our hoi poloi into obedient dolts. I just looked up the origins of Moms for Liberty--I remember this issue and The brouhaha over Moms against CRT being what swept Glenn Youngkin into the governorship of Virginia. Well, here goes, back in 2021 (?, maybe earlier):
"Moms for Liberty’s press is being handled by Calvary Strategies whose CEO is a former campaign manager and chief of staff to Sen. (then-Gov.) Rick Scott." [Tampa Bay Times] Very active in this movement: Ben Carson, Fox News Megyn Kelly, of course Betsy DeVos, and Florida Republicans' "great white hope" Ron DeSantis.
Then, I find "Parents Defending Education" is Koch-connected. The Koch-funded American Legislative Exchange Council claims credit for the havoc wreaked by anti-Critical Race Theory legislation."
I'm wondering if Trump's lack of education (eg about American History, the Constitution, the Rule of Law, and much else) has inspired more clever people to come up with these tactics to dumb down the rest of the country in order to get Republican votes--"if this is what makes Trump so popular, let's use it." ??
EDUCATION is key.
Just following the strategy of the Lewis Powell Memo, and strategy of James Buchanan. Business take over of higher education, then move down the ranks. Teach half truths. Emphasize on what makes America look good. Never look beneath the surface....
I live in the Philly burbs and have a Google alert on my local school district because of things like this. They need to sneak it in because the curriculum doesn't stand up to sunlight. This district sits in a purple congressional district so it's not a given parents or students will be on board with this Board.
What the F**K is happening in America? People with no experience or qualifications in education are creating curriculum for children?!?! Of course it's far right religious and racist propaganda. Who could vote for this? Every member of the board who voted for that should be fired immediately. Conservatives have to start indoctrinating children into their racist way of thinking as early as possible because they can't win on their merits or policy.
It’s high time churches--and religious schools-- who are involved in politics LOSE THEIR TAX EXEMPT STATUS.
Was"white' wash ever more appropriate than to use it here?
Ironically, if every person counts once, it’s probably true that most residents of the confederacy did not hold slaves. No enslaved people had slaves. Most white people were poor farmers without slaves. Women, even white women in wealthy slave holding families, were property themselves until widowed. The deception is in the premise, the writer clearly expects only white men to be counted as ‘southerners’ who were not enslavers.
HILLSDALE "college" is no more a college than Trump U. It's spiteful, shameful and disgusting that these folks can stamp ANY curriculum with their lies and propaganda! Keeping "religious" drivel out of ANY education is more important than giving these nutjobs a say in any child's education. WAKE UP, AMERICA! You're being trolled and used by the FAR RIGHT MAGATS - THEY THINK they OWN education. Freedom FROM RELIGION is a tenet of public schools. These clowns should be nowhere near any real education. Hillsdale should be shut down - a cult bought and paid for by Prager, DeVos, other degenerates who push their "religion" on education. Then it's NOT EDUCATION!
Jordan Adams would fit right in working for the Ministry of Truth department of The Party that rules at the whim of Big Brother. His proposed curriculum aims to guide students to be infatuated with an ideological based version of the history of the U.S.A.
Right wing dumbing down of America continues.
Hillsdale College is to education what a turd is to a punch bowl.
Hillsdale is also offering an online class on...Dante! Having an interest in Italian literature, I was interested — until I saw that it was being offered by Hillsdale!!
Actually, 1920 "women's right to vote" was ONLY for white women. Many, many states restricted and/or didn't allow women of color to vote at all. All Native/Indigenous women gained that right finally in 1962. Asian Americans gained the right in 1952. 1929 & 1935 for Latinas who were English literate only. 1975 voting expansion act removed English literacy requirement. All Black women finally got to vote in 1965!
Be careful not to generalize to the white experience perspective and actions only.