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Americans should be taught the truth about their country

Americans should be taught the truth about their country

Wayne Hoffman
July 2, 2021
Wayne Hoffman
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July 2, 2021

Between Independence Day and Constitution Day, I predict you’re going to hear a lot about how racism is at the heart of every aspect of this country’s political systems, from the electoral college to the right to keep and bear arms. You’ll also hear that our system of government is disproportionately more likely to hurt minorities in different, unexpected ways.

Everything, it seems, is racist these days. This is what happens when a country does a terrible job educating its citizens on its history. 

The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution don’t get near the attention they deserve in government schools, and what little attention they do get—a  chapter or two on the separation of powers or lip service to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”—has resulted in a nation that hasn’t valued liberty and limited government. It explains why so many Americans were willing to be told what to do by government officials they’ve never heard of, operating out of government offices they never thought about. It explains why the left’s messed up narrative about the nation’s founding, like the debunked 1619 Project, have been allowed to flourish.

Government-run schools teach reverence for government. They teach that obedience is good, and those who question authority are bad. They also teach that socialism and communism are perfectly reasonable governing systems. I’ve read textbooks used in Idaho’s public schools that actually say that socialism is merely a means of making up for inequities caused by capitalism. I’ve read textbooks that say communism is not evil, it just hasn’t been deployed well. In school textbooks, you don’t read a lot about how communist dictators have been responsible for the deaths of millions of innocent humans. 

This is part of the indoctrination taking place in America’s public schools, and it has created a generation full of Marxists. Those who claim there’s no indoctrination taking place in our government-run school system need to remember that the failure to teach our values and history to young people is also a form of indoctrination. The failure to teach about government-led atrocities, from the Holocaust to occupational licenses to monetary policies that are designed to steal wealth over time, is also a form of indoctrination. 

Young Americans are indoctrinated into believing that there’s nothing particularly special about our country’s origin story or its place in the world, because they’re not taught otherwise. In the void of no information, the radical left’s version of history, which claims that the United States is a hate-based country whose political and economic institutions themselves are racist, is given the space it needs to spread unchecked. That’s why the alternative to whatever the United States has to offer looks appealing to young, impressionable minds. 

Americans should be taught that we are the beneficiaries of a courageous group of men who risked life and limb for our rights, and against all odds, they won. And they should be taught that our rights come from God, not government. They should be taught that government will often pass laws that restrict those rights. Government is a dangerous weapon that can and is often used to harm others, and schoolchildren should know that.

There are many places in the world where you can’t own property, a person goes to jail for speaking ill of a country’s rulers,  or the news media and Internet are controlled or operated by government officials. You know only what they want you to know. You do only what they want you to do. And there’s nothing to stop the same from happening here. When applied correctly, our founding documents are designed to protect us from government. 

We have a history in the U.S. that begs to be learned. Freedom built this country. Americans used to know this. It’s time that our kids and grandkids are again taught about how America let freedom flourish, and how it ended up being a blessing to all of humanity.

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  • Mark Arrowood says:

    I love how you state you've read all these text books yet you reference none of them. Time again I’ve asked the same question over and over again, show me your reference material. Time again I get crickets. Your group is nothing more than conservative militants scared if change.

  • Russell Franklin says:

    BRAVO! Finally someone in the “journalist” game speaking a little truth!

  • Bill says:

    Oh shut the fuck up

  • Al says:

    The title of this article implies that students are currently being taught falsehoods. Critical Race Theory is a method of teaching and I don't disagree with IFF when it claims CRT "shames" or "discriminates" against whites - I guess, since I've never had first-hand experience of it in progress to confirm that. I've read enough about it to say I'm likely to agree, though in my past brief experience as a high school teacher and my current many friends of teachers and administrators, I'd say none in my large circle of educators has seen CRT in action.
    In any event, even granted the inherent evil IFF claims CRT is, it does not necessarily infer untruths are part of that process. Complete historical truth, as well as falsehoods, can be used, under CRT.
    I've not seen the textbooks you're referencing Wayne. Would you care to cite them for me to review? Unless I read them, I'm more likely to chalk up your opinion as just that-and subject to subjectivity. I'd like to read those textbooks myself, if you're willing to provide the reference for me.
    This subject is such a big deal - largely due to IFF (no blame there, just saying IFF is driving this more than anybody) - that each reader should feel compelled to read source materials themselves. Such as the textbooks Wayne references. And we should decide for ourselves what they say.
    Thank you.

  • George Morris says:

    Any discussion of how society treats its members (CRT) looks at our history as a nation of continually moving to perfect itself. Just like a teenager is expected to have grown out of the terrible 2s, we expect the society of 2021 to have grown from the one existing in the 1800s. College legal students are tasked to see if all levels of our legal system represent our current society or are parts stuck in the past. School children should rejoice in our progress. Progress that could only happen in the United States of America. The fact that we must continue to move forward is the training our children need.

  • KJ says:

    Critical Race Theory already was percolating through our society when Dennis Prager penned this letter 11 years ago.

    To the students and faculty of our high school:

    I am your new principal, and honored to be so.
    There is no greater calling than to teach young people.

    I would like to apprise you of some important changes coming to our school. I am making these changes because I am convinced that most of the ideas that have dominated public education in America have worked against you, against your teachers and against our country.

    First , this school will no longer honor race or ethnicity.
    I could not care less if your racial makeup is black, brown, red, yellow or white. I could not care less if your origins are African, Latin American, Asian or European, or if your ancestors arrived here on the Mayflower or on slave ships. The only identity I care about, the only one this school will recognize, is your individual identity — your character, your scholarship, your humanity. And the only national identity this school will care about is American.

    This is an American public school, and American public schools were created to make better Americans. If you wish to affirm an ethnic, racial or religious identity through school, you will have to go elsewhere. We will end all ethnicity, race and non-American nationality-based celebrations. They undermine the motto of America, one of its three central values – e pluribus Unum, “from many, one.” And this school will be guided by America ‘s values. This includes all after-school clubs. I will not authorize clubs that divide students based on any identities. This includes race, language, religion, sexual orientation or whatever else may become in vogue in a society divided by political correctness.

    Your clubs will be based on interests and passions, not blood, ethnic, racial or other physically defined ties. Those clubs just cultivate narcissism — an unhealthy preoccupation with the self — while the purpose of education is to get you to think beyond yourself. So we will have clubs that transport you to the wonders and glories of art, music, astronomy, languages you do not already speak, carpentry and more. If the only extracurricular activities you can imagine being interested in are those based on ethnic, racial or sexual identity, that means that little outside of yourself really interests you.

    Second, I am uninterested in whether English is your native language. My only interest in terms of language is that you leave this school speaking and writing English as fluently as possible. The English language has united America ‘s citizens for over 200 years, and it will unite us at this school. It is one of the indispensable reasons this country of immigrants has always come to be one country. And if you leave this school without excellent English language skills, I would be remiss in my duty to ensure that you will be prepared to successfully compete in the American job market. We will learn other languages here — it is deplorable that most Americans only speak English — but if you want classes taught in your native language rather than in English, this is not your school.

    Third , because I regard learning as a sacred endeavor, everything in this school will reflect learning’s elevated status. This means, among other things, that you and your teachers will dress accordingly. Many people in our society dress more formally for Hollywood events than for church or school. These people have their priorities backward. Therefore, there will be a formal dress code at this school.

    Fourth, no obscene language will be tolerated anywhere on this school’s property — whether in class, in the hallways or at athletic events. If you can’t speak without using the f -word, you can’t speak. By obscene language I mean the words banned by the Federal Communications Commission, plus epithets such as “Nigger,” even when used by one black student to address another black, or “bitch,” even when addressed by a girl to a girlfriend. It is my intent that by the time you leave this school, you will be among the few your age to instinctively distinguish between the elevated and the degraded, the holy and the obscene.

    Fifth, we will end all self-esteem programs. In this school, self-esteem will be attained in only one way — the way people attained it until decided otherwise a generation ago — by earning it. One immediate consequence is that there will be one valedictorian, not eight.

    Sixth, and last, I am reorienting the school toward academics and away from politics and propaganda. No more time will be devoted to scaring you about smoking and caffeine, or terrifying you about sexual harassment or global warming. No more semesters will be devoted to condom wearing and teaching you to regard sexual relations as only or primarily a health issue. There will be no more attempts to convince you that you are a victim because you are not white, or not male, or not heterosexual or not Christian. We will have failed if any one of you graduates this school and does not consider him or herself inordinately fortunate — to be alive and to be an American.

    Now, please stand and join me in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of our country. As many of you do not know the words, your teachers will hand them out to you.

    Common sense. Something Idaho's elite political hacks are missing.

  • John J says:

    American kids are being taught to hate their country, that is was founded by rich white slave owners and that we ripped off the third world to get ahead. They teach equally of outcomes which means the success of this country is unfair to the rest of the world.

    The only way to counter this is to fight fire with fire-education. The critical race theorists have taught our kids for years to be communists. The only way to counter this is to teach our kids that we belong to a great nation that rewards hard work and values true equality. We have to realize we may have lost this round but we can win the next if we educate our children in the right way.

  • Fuck You IFF says:

    How about the millions killed by the capitalist USA? Shouldn't people be learning about that history?

    Freedom didn't build this country. Slavery did.

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