Here’s what your child’s school should be teaching about US history | Wender Mind Kids

Here's what your child's school should be teaching about US history

The educational institutions of the United States were founded almost exclusively for the primary purpose of producing good citizens and, as a rule, faithful Christians. It’s no secret that most American educational institutions today do the opposite. The result is an existential threat to the nation as its enemies work to destroy the most prosperous, equal, and free civilization in world history.

In a refreshingly positive, intellectually sound, and action-oriented response to this national crisis, a group of world-class scholars today publishes a Recommended Curriculum for the K-12 Degree in American History and Government. American Birthright is both a remedy for curriculum grievances and a plan of action for the millions of American patriots who see the moral and intellectual injuries most American schools are inflicting on the rising generation and, in turn, on the nation as a whole.

The document’s introduction states, “Too many Americans have emerged from our schools ignorant of American history, indifferent to liberty, filled with hostility toward their ancestors and their fellow Americans, and alienated from their country.” This degree program seeks to address these major problems resulting in part from a lack of accurate and patriotic American history teaching.

The document provides a set of academically robust guidelines for the K-12 grade social studies curriculum that parents can ask their local and state school boards to adopt in lieu of today’s largely anti-American curriculum standards. This isn’t just a K-12 curriculum outline, it’s a bold American philosophy of education. The recommendations are a product of the Civics Alliance, coordinated by the non-political and highly respected National Association of Scholars.

The Alliance is a truly bipartisan coalition that includes highly respected academics like Brown University’s Glenn Loury; Sandra Stotsky from the University of Arkansas; Stanley Kurtz of the Center for Ethics and Public Policy; Harvey Mansfield of Harvard University; and Hillsdale College’s Paul Rahe and Wilfred McClay (I’m a more humble Coalition supporter). You can also become a signatory here.

What’s in this document? “American Birthright provides the substantive knowledge of history, geography, civics, and economics that American citizens need to know in order to maintain their freedom,” the introduction reads. The standards include recommended primary source documents, as well as biographies, American folk songs, literature, and other materials.

For example, the document recommends that fifth graders learn how town councils and common law influenced the early development of America’s colonial governments. It recommends second graders learn the national anthem and other patriotic songs like “America, the Beautiful,” and learn about the lives of great Americans like Whittaker Chambers, Rosa Parks, Sacagawea, Clarence Thomas, and Harriet Beecher Stowe.

“American Birthright” has eighth graders trace the development of western civilization back to the days of Hammurabi, ancient Egypt, ancient Israel, and ancient Greece. Ninth graders should read William Blackstone, the Rule of Saint Benedict, the Magna Carta, and Martin Luther’s 95 Theses. Indeed, this curriculum aims for excellence, not just check-checking, and its recommended primary sources could be profitably studied by Americans of all ages and walks of life as an exercise in civic loyalty and growth.

I’ve read thousands of pages of so-called curriculum standards since the days of Common Core, and reading this set was a refreshing surprise. His learning goals and his plan to achieve those goals are clear and understandable to any educated person, which is actually a goal of the company.

Usually, what passes for curriculum “standards” is essentially subliterated — so full of meaningless educational jargon that it’s almost incomprehensible. Read your own state’s so-called curriculum standards to see this for yourself. The jargon is one way the education bureaucracy resists accountability to parents and voters. If school leaders, parents and the like cannot understand what teachers should do, they cannot hold them accountable for it.

American Birthright, on the other hand, is readable, clear, and informative. Any parent can use the document to plan his or her own course for after-school or home learning, as can any teacher or school district. And if a parent or school did, they would graduate students in a far more civic and responsible manner than almost all American schools do today.

For this reason, parents need to reach out to their schools, legislatures, and state education boards to ask that “American Birthright” be used immediately as a guide to US history and state curricula. It is also a useful document for measuring the quality of civics and other instruction in a particular school district.

Many school districts are considered “good” when in fact they contribute very little, if anything, to the natural gifts children receive from productive and healthy families. They draw on the reputation earned by the work and virtues of others. By measuring their curriculum and reading materials against this high-quality benchmark, parents get an accurate assessment of the actual quality of their children’s schools or potential schools.

Many will likely find that their schools are not keeping up. Then it’s time to work to improve that situation, either through internal advocacy, or leaving to find a really good school, or both.

State legislators have no legitimate excuses for not immediately requiring this level of American history education in state schools. Those who don’t fail to uphold their oaths to the US Constitution and the people of their states by presiding over rampant anti-American teaching in American schools. These scholars rendered a public service by doing all the essential work required; Now politicians only have to say yes, thank you.