Friday, August 29, 2014

Brave New History

Posted with minimal comment, because I'm totally dumfounded at the absurdity of this.

Calif. Schools To Teach Students About ‘Significance’ Of Obama Presidency
A bill authored by a Pasadena lawmaker that encourages schools to teach about the historical significance of Barack Obama becoming the nation’s first African-American president is now California law.

... Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1912, whose author, Assemblymember Chris Holden, says will be the first step toward acknowledging President Obama’s legacy for generations to come.

The bill – which passed the Assembly in April a 71-0 vote and no debate or discussion – calls the election a “historic step in the effort towards equality in the United States” and that previous elections in the nation involved intimidation and physical violence that prevented millions of African-Americans from voting, according to the Associated Press.

It also commends Obama for his work as a community organizer who registered voters after he graduated from Harvard Law School.
If this foolishness was confined to just California then I wouldn't do much more than shake my head in disgust and move on. But unfortunately similar nonsense is being spread throughout our public education indoctrination system on a much wider scale.
Recently the College Board, the privately owned company that administers standardized tests to high school students nationwide, released its new framework for the Advanced Placement U.S. History Test.

The new framework indoctrinates students with a negative view of American history by focusing on the ugly skeletons of the past while ignoring the leaders, the innovators and the builders of the American Dream. Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, Jackie Robinson, Neil Armstrong and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. have been excluded to create space for the Black Panthers.

According to the new framework, America's Manifest Destiny "was built on a belief in white racial superiority and a sense of American cultural superiority." Instead of respecting America's servicemen, the framework focuses on "the internment of Japanese Americans, challenges to civil liberties, debates over race and segregation, and the decision to drop the atomic bomb raised questions about American values." These new standards are intended to change high school curricula, change how history is taught to our kids, and change our children's values.

David Coleman, the College Board executive behind the new framework, is also known as the architect of the highly controversial Common Core standards...
That last paragraph is the key. The progressives have infiltrated the public education system to such an extent that they are now literally re-writing history.
The classic novel Brave New World describes a future in which people have lost all of their liberty and in which they have become drugged robots obedient to a central authority.  It also details how this control was first established.  First, the rulers had to erase all history and all the people’s memory of a time before their bondage.

Today, the history of George Washington's leadership has been erased in the new Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. History test/curriculum, taking effect in the fall of 2014.  The College Board, the organization that publishes the Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT) and AP tests, has also decided to completely blot out Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison, among others.  In this newly revised course, Gen. Washington merits one fleeting mention in one sentence...

This is more than just an academic spat among history teachers.  America today is the freest, most prosperous land the world has ever known.  Everything everyone has in this country exists because of the original gift of liberty bequeathed to us by Gen. George Washington and our Founding Fathers.  Let’s also not forget that hundreds of millions, if not billions, of people around the globe owe their current freedom to the United States of America and, by extension, to our Founding Fathers.

... If your child never learns about Benjamin Franklin’s story or about how the Revolutionary War was won or about the Gettysburg Address or about the D-Day landing at Normandy (all erased in this “brave new history”), then he will never know that it is up to us to keep our Republic.
Complimenting the Brave New World reference above is this quote from 1984: "He who controls the past, controls the future." The leftists have evidently taken this saying to heart, and are busy re-writing our past to inculcate their vision of America in our children's minds.

Thank God my kids are out of the public schools and off at college.

Although that's another can of worms...

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