Friday, October 03, 2014

History? Whose History

Watching Fox News Channel tonight (specifically Megyn Kelly's show), I became aware of yet another flap going on out in Colorado—this one over history curriculum in schools. Keeping in mind the frequent left bias in mainstream media, here is the Washington Post's coverage of the story.

The gist of the argument is that the history curriculum put together by a private liberal arts college highlighted a leftist view of American history rather than a patriotic, or if not patriotic, at least a balanced view of events in American history. This isn't the first time there has been a fight over things like this, and quite frankly, I can understand why parents get up in arms over this stuff. The liberal left has had a chokehold on American education for decades, and the traditionalist/conservative viewpoint is often ignored, mocked, or given short shrift. School boards seem powerless to do anything about it, and in the event one or two school board members speak out, the full court press of the liberal machine goes into gear and tries to grind them into dust. In this Colorado case, the teachers even managed to gin up the students to walk out of school in protest.

Funnily enough, from what I can see, the folks (especially the school board member) who raised objections weren't asking for a solely conservative point of view. They were asking for balance in presentation, and that positives be taught along with perceived negatives. But that wasn't satisfactory for the regime. This must be squelched!

It appears a compromise was reached for now, so I hope that some good will come out of this. But there is a larger question I hope to address at some length later. And that is to review how things have gotten to the mess they have in this country, and how we have to address a couple of entire generations who have been educated and indoctrinated with the left's view of history and global geopolitics.

No doubt my tone above will raise challenges that I am advocating a conservative/traditionalist viewpoint only to be taught. Nope. Not in secular education. I want objectivity, balance, and fairness. I want TRUE academic freedom at the collegiate and post-graduate level. I want all sides of controversial issues aired fairly, factually, and objectively, and then for students to do their own study and arrive at their own conclusions. (Theology is a different matter. But that's another subject for another time.) Properly taught and guided, students will in general arrive at correct conclusions when presented with the facts.

I would also like a healthy sense of patriotism reintroduced. Patriotism is NOT radical nationalism—a false charge thrown by the left to silence its critics. The American experiment and the ideals around which our nation was founded are worthy ones. The system was by no means perfect, and our Founders realized the fallen nature of man. They built into the Constitutional system a way to remedy things, and for quite a while we managed to do so. That is until the left managed to worm its way into our educational system and jurisprudence.

Conservatives have often wondered why they often win at the ballot box but little seems to change. I have insisted for years that conservatives have not waged the battle where it needs to be waged the most. Getting politicians elected is one thing. But when you ignore the school boards, the college boards, university boards, superintendencies, law schools, teaching tracks, teacher's unions, and a host of related things, (AND NOT TO FORGET THE MEDIA—PRINT, RADIO, AND TELEVISION) you're striving after wind. The left is busy building its hive mind right under your feet. Winning a few elections changes nothing. The fight and rebuilding of the country has to begin from the ground up. Why am I so concerned about the secular educational system and especially the secondary/collegiate level? When you have someone like Ward Churchill or Bill Ayers hired as professors or instructors at major schools, and their radical viewpoints are not even challenged, something is wrong. The students that get churned out of these classrooms are filled with those viewpoints and they carry them out into society.

I have a lot to say on this. It's late, I'm tired, and this is probably written more disjointedly than I'd like. My headline says "History? Whose history?" In that, I recognize that history is told from many points of view. Ideally, an historian chronicles facts and tries to draw a picture of human events, and why they happened the way they happened. A good historian does not impose his or her biases on their work. I am afraid we have less historians at work these days and more propagandists. The American history of the far left is FAR different than the American history of the far right. There is a center left and center right view, as well as a general centrist view. If the reader is up to speed enough to detect where the writer/researcher/historian is coming from, you can at least have that in mind when you're reading. But historical facts are historical facts. The interpretation of those facts is where the fun comes in.

I think if education and history that's being taught ends up having a destructive impact on your country and the next generation, it's time to get concerned and to do something about it.

More later, God willing.

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