Why American History MattersWestern Civilization in general and the United States particular have been vilified by the West.We need to take back American History classes. America’s contributions to building a better world need to be recognized and not vilifiedIf there’s anything the recent terror attacks should have taught us is that we are what Sam Huntington called a clash of civilizations. Western civilization v. Islamic civilization.The founding fathers are often either minimized or villainized in many courses. It’s no wonder that students at William and Mary defaced the statue of Thomas Jefferson.American History in High SchoolThe College Board which makes the AP tests ran into trouble last year when they introduced their new curriculum which minimized mention of many of the founding fathers but emphasized America’s faults and failings.After months of criticism, the for profit College Board revised their curriculum to avoid losing school participation (and money). Can you imagine a government agency in a liberal presidency listening to the people?Colleges American HistoryColleges have long since abandoned any look at American History as anything but deeply flawed. As textbooks for high school are written primarily by college professors, it is no wonder that this has seeped down.“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.” ? George Orwell, 1984
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