Objective: Rescue civics education from radical activists

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
 | 
Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

revising historyThe National Association of Scholars is endorsing model state-level legislation that was created to push back against the encroachment of progressivism in public schools.

According to the National Association of Scholars, radical activists seek to transform all education into political activism to advance "social justice" and push their favored pedagogy of "service-learning." As a way of countering that agenda, The Partisanship Out of Civics Act was created by Stanley Kurtz, author and conservative commentator with the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

David Randall, research director for NAS, explains the Act is in response to a "new wave" of legislation on the horizon. "Particularly [legislation] in Illinois that seeks not just to allow teachers to include left-wing activism but requires them to use it," he explains to One News Now.

The model legislation argues that political activism "has no place in formal education" … and that the "free speech, conscience, and religious liberty rights of teachers ought to be respected." It also specifically calls out the following:

"No teacher shall be compelled by a policy of any state agency, school district, or school administration to affirm a belief in the so-called systemic nature of racism, or like ideas, or in the so-called multiplicity or fluidity of gender identities, or like ideas, against his or her sincerely held religious or philosophical convictions."

Randall

The Act also specifies that to graduate from high school, a student must have completed three years in history, government, economics, and geography/social studies – to include at least one year of U.S. history and at least a half-year of U.S. government.

Randall acknowledges the proposal isn't perfect because, as he explains, simply asking a teacher to teach U.S. history in the classroom doesn't mean it will be taught well.

"You'll get lots of kids being taught the Howard Zinn Project or the 1619 Project," he laments. "But it's better than the action civics. At least there's a fighting chance for parents to make sure their local school is teaching proper history and civics."

Randall says while this is only the beginning, "it's a really good beginning."

Comments will be temporarily unavailable. Thank you for your patience as we restore this service!

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWS BRIEF

FEATURED PODCAST

VOTE IN OUR POLL

Neither Pres. Biden nor VP Harris is publicly acknowledging the worsening border crisis because:

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Police: Minnesota officer meant to draw Taser, not handgun
  Police report multiple victims in Tennessee school shooting
Judge refuses to sequester jury in George Floyd case
DeSantis attacks YouTube for yanking his pandemic video
US colleges divided over requiring student vaccinations
Iran blames Israel for sabotage at Natanz nuclear site

LATEST FROM THE WEB

A nation primed to see racism in everything will think only about race
Forced masking is behavioral science, not medical, and they’ve been playing us the whole time
Fixing racism by being racist?
The liberal race to vaccinate
CA teacher caught berating students in leaked Zoom over push for in-person learning, 'Come at me'

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
Teachers have rights in the schoolhouse, too

Man covering mouth (censorship)A federal appeals court has upheld the First Amendment rights of a professor, and an attorney on the case says things are just getting started.