EDUCATION FOR A FREE NATION
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July 24, 2006
Victory in the Sunshine State
Florida legislature took a firm step toward restoring some factual
accuracy into the current perversion of teaching our nation's
history. Judging from the reaction of the education elites, you would
think these founding principles were downright subversive.
Florida requirements (pdf pp. 22-23) state:
schools are now also required to teach:
- Members of the instructional staff of the
public schools shall teach ... the following: (a) The history and content
of the Declaration of Independence, including national sovereignty,
natural law, self evident truth, equality of all persons, limited
government, popular sovereignty, and inalienable rights of life, liberty,
and property, and how it forms the philosophical foundation of our
- The history, meaning, significance, and
effect of the provisions of the Constitution of the United States and
amendments thereto, with emphasis on each of the 10 amendments that make
up the Bill of Rights and how the constitution provides the structure of
parents believe teaching these foundational principles is a staple of
U.S. history and civics. As Minnesotans discovered when their social
studies standards were rewritten in 2004, however, the universities and
schools of education have joined with the political left to censor these
fundamental cornerstones of our free nation from the classroom, and they
won't willingly restore them.
- The nature and importance of free enterprise
to the United States economy.
however, has enacted language similar to the Minnesota citizen standards
that were denounced by University profs and by every major Minnesota
media outlet. (The Minnesota battle
reviewed here.) In so doing, Florida provided a valuable model for
other states to emulate.
Florida law has so threatened the educational left that the Sunday
edition of the New York Times has taken up the cause. In
Construction" (July 2, 2006),
Beth Norton of Cornell University (who specializes in women's
history, gendered power and Salem witch trials) went after Florida's
elected body. What riled her most was this statement from the new Florida
LA Times and numerous other MSM ran her column, and
blogs across the country rent their garments over the prospect
that history would be taught as something other than their personal
opinions. National Review Online answered back within 24 hours
Construction Deconstructed: Facts and snippy academics,"
Matthew Franck). Franck stated:
- American history shall be viewed as factual,
not as constructed, shall be viewed as knowable, teachable, and testable,
and shall be defined as the creation of a new nation based largely on the
universal principles stated in the Declaration of
"Constructing meaning" conveniently leaves the educational
elites in total control of redefining history. As the Minnesota battle
for social studies standards demonstrated, the university crowd and
censured our founding principles out of our history, despite
parents clearly want their kids to know.
- ...postmodern social theory has been
invading the historical profession, reducing ěthe belief that there are
ëfactsí about historyî to the status of ěan ideological positionî with no
privileged status over the competing view that ěhistory is nothing more
than a form of literature.î Perhaps Norton, who declares that she
ělove[s] facts,î hasnít heard of this crisis in her own discipline. But
someone in Florida seems to have heard of it. And that ěnot as
constructedî language in the new state law was surely aimed at such
fashions of postmodernism, with the intent of keeping the stateís history
teachers from donning those new clothes.
For example, the
Minnesota Senate Education Committee Chair, now running for
state-wide office, actually
radio interview, "I'm not sure it's accurate, legally or
historically, to call the Declaration of Independence a 'founding
In a party-line vote, the
Minnesota Democratic-dominated Senate defeated an amendment to teach
national sovereignty and the "self evident truth" as stated
in the Declaration. On another vote they refused to even agree to
teach kids that Abraham Lincoln considered that the principles of the
Declaration were believed by the founders to be true for all people at
all time, as he stated in his speech at Gettysburg.
Florida, their legislature appropriately stepped in. Their law is a first
step toward confronting the federally subsidized curriculum from the
Center for Civic Education,
website that current curriculum should be transformed to
"globally accepted and internationally transcendent
principles." America already has genuine universal principles, but
the left isn't interested in them.
paranoid fear of the Declaration of Independence is focused on its clear
statement of national sovereignty, without which the Constitution is
meaningless. The goal of the New Civics (and history, and literature, and
science) is to transfer the student's allegiance to the UN.
Julie M. Quist
For more information on the subject, see:
Fed Ed: The New Federal
Curriculum and How Itís Enforced
Traditional v. Radical: Two Competing Worldviews
the Unalienable Rights vs. Promoting the Common Good.
Friday, October 13, 2006 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 14, 2006 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Embassy Suites Hotel Airport
"Global Classrooms': the UN Curriculum
in Americaís schools"
"How International Baccalaureate undermines American
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