Shocker: college students taught American history as a lesson in gender, race wars

This article deals with the basic college curriculum but the rot begins much earlier than college. I recently had occasion to browse through a high school student’s AP American History text and everything: the discovery of America, the founding of our country and the expansion of the nation (I left off before I reached the Civil War; couldn’t stand it) was limned as an unbroken parade of oppression and exploitation of Indians, slaves and women. Nothing in there about the principles of freedom, the limitation of government force or accomplishments of men. Imagine U.S. history as written by FWIW’s Dollar Bill. You get the picture.

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12 responses to “Shocker: college students taught American history as a lesson in gender, race wars

  1. Daniel

    Manifest Destiny is also evil, damn it! The latinos on the west coast want the land back. Good luck with that.

  2. AJ

    It’s time for like minded individuals to start thinking about maybe putting together groups for home schooling. A person with average intelligence should be able to learn high school english and math from the home study books that they give you to prepare for earning a GED high school diploma in three to four months and get a high school degree. So why does it take twelve years to go through the school system to essentially achieve the same thing that you could do on your own in less than half a year, the receipt of a high school diploma, a waste of eleven and a half years? Indoctrination is the only explanation that makes any sense.

    What astounds me is that I’ve seen enough memos come across my desk written by fresh hired fresh college grads (usually hot babes, well at least they had that going for them) to know that one thing they don’t teach in college is how to write a complete sentence — absolutely amazing.

  3. weakleyhollow

    You weren’t expecting a favorable mention of slave owning dead white males, were you. If you didn’t own slaves, then your prosperity benefited from those who did. Show a little guilt, please.

  4. Al Dente

    “Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.” – H.G. Wells

  5. AJ

    ‘U.S. Government Claims – Just Like the Nazis – that the Truth Is Too Complicated and Dangerous to Disclose to the Public’

    “History Repeats …
    In the classic history of Nazi Germany, They Thought They Were Free, Milton Mayer writes:

    “What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could not understand it, it could not be released because of national security. And their sense of identification with Hitler, their trust in him, made it easier to widen this gap and reassured those who would otherwise have worried about it.

    “This separation of government from people, this widening of the gap, took place so gradually and so insensibly, each step disguised (perhaps not even intentionally) as a temporary emergency measure or associated with true patriotic allegiance or with real social purposes. And all the crises and reforms (real reforms, too) so occupied the people that they did not see the slow motion underneath, of the whole process of government growing remoter and remoter.

    Similarly, America has – little by little – gone from a nation of laws to a nation of powerful men making laws in secret. Indeed, even Congress doesn’t know half of what others are doing.

    Secretive, unaccountable agencies are making life and death decisions which effect our most basic rights. They provide “secret evidence” to courts which cannot be checked … and often withhold any such “evidence” even from the judges. …”

    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/01/u-s-government-claims-that-the-situation-is-so-complicated-and-dangerous-that-it-must-act-on-secret-information-just-like-the-nazis.html

  6. The Duke of Deception

    As the Duke’s late. lamented father put it, “We stole this country fair and square”.

    Or as Fake Waltwould put it: should the Moors give Spain back?

    • TheWizard

      I realized a great truth some years ago. If a people can’t forcibly hold their land, they will lose it. It was true throughout the past, it’s true now, and it will be true in the future.

  7. Peg

    The world that MLK Jr imagined will never ever come about until people like this allow it to happen. Too many of them are capitalizing – one way or another – on perpetuating hatred, all sorts of differences instead of commonalities, etc.

    It disgusts me.

    • Libertarian Advocate

      Invictus was a beautiful movie that touched on these points.

      In 200 years which President of African origin will be remembered as the greater LEADER, Mandela or Obama?

  8. Anonymous2

    Recall how the Nazi era ended….”history repeats”.

  9. Fred2

    “You weren’t expecting a favorable mention of slave owning dead white males, were you. ”

    Actually, since Mark Twain put it “the past is a foreign country, they do things differently there” I would expect it to be mentioned (in passing) as an aspect of life that modern civilization views as wrong, but to concentrate for most of them on what other things they did.

    Slavery was just as small aspect of being a successful person, much like owning a horse, and people in all societies (white, black and yellow) gave it no thought, anymore than breathing.

    After all, if that the only single thing we focus on, basically EVERY society in the history of the world before 17hundred and cabbage when (cough) white christian protestants (mostly male) decided it was sufficiently morally wrong to do something about it, should be dismissed out of hand as slave owners.

    Which frankly is so beyond stupid as to boggle the mind.