Trump makes American education great again

by Jon Fleetwood | ​December 19, 2020

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The White House is promoting patriotic education.


President Donald Trump unveiled his choices for the President’s Advisory 1776 Commission on Friday.


Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College, will serve as chair with Carol M. Swain, retired Vanderbilt University professor, as vice-chair.


Popular conservative activist Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA, will also serve on the panel.

Matthew Spalding, Hillsdale Associate Vice President and Dean of Educational Programs, will serve as the Commission’s executive director.


“The 1776 Committee was formed to advise the President about the core principles of the American founding and how to protect those principles by promoting patriotic education,” Spalding stated, “The path to a renewed and confident national unity is through a rediscovery of our shared identity rooted in those principles.”

According to Newsmax, the Commission will push against the 1619 Project from The New York Times Magazine.


President Trump signed an Executive Order to establish the President’s Advisory 1776 Commission (“the 1776 Commission”) signed on Nov. 2, 2020.


The 1776 Commission is meant to halt the vilifying of the American Founders currently taught in US schools and alludes to so-called Critical Race Theory, originating a Marxist thinktank called the Frankfurt School (Institute for Social Research at Goethe University Frankfurt during the early 20th century).

“[M]any students are now taught in school to hate their own country, and to believe that the men and women who built it were not heroes, but rather villains,” reads the order. “This radicalized view of American history lacks perspective, obscures virtues, twists motives, ignores or distorts facts, and magnifies flaws, resulting in the truth being concealed and history disfigured.”


The order aims at identifying, challenging, and correcting this anti-American perspective while restoring respect for America’s founding principles to our education system.


“A restoration of American education grounded in the principles of our founding that is accurate, honest, unifying, inspiring, and ennobling must ultimately succeed at the local level,” states the order. “The best way to preserve the story of America’s founding principles is to live it in action by local communities reasserting control of how children receive patriotic education in their schools.”


The 1776 Commission is comprised of 20 members who will serve for two years appointed by the President himself.


The Commission is only to last two years “unless extended by the President.”