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In a letter to the Secretary of Education, Dr Miguel Cardona, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has called on the Department of Education to recall proposed changes to public education programs that are based on the anti-American civic education program, “Project 1619.”
“Your proposed priorities double down on divisive buzzwords and propaganda, radical and historically questionable,” McConnell wrote in the letter, obtained by Politico. “Americans don’t need or want their taxes diverted from promoting the principles that unite our nation toward promoting radical ideologies that are supposed to divide us.”
McConnell, speaking on behalf of 37 Senate Republicans, cited the fall in national education standards, such as the low proficiency of history and citizenship students in the United States, and insufficient popular support to justify the rejection of the ministry’s proposal.
“Families did not ask for this divisive nonsense. Voters did not vote for. Americans never decided that our children had to learn that our country was inherently bad, ”he wrote. “If your administration had proposed real legislation instead of trying to do it quietly through the Federal Register, that legislation would not be passed by Congress.”
The Rule Change, or “Proposed Priorities,” specifically cites the controversial 1619 Project, and would tie Department of Education funding to the adoption of prescribed civic education programs inspired by 1619.
The 1619 project is a feature of The New York Times Magazine who sought to reorient American history around the idea that the preservation of slavery has always been an essential feature of the national fabric, even motivating the American Revolution. The authors of Project 1619 also developed a support program, which has already been adopted by several public school systems across the country. McConnell has confirmed that many reputable historians have debunked the many “factual and historical errors” of the projects.
The inclusion of Project 1619 in the proposal likely triggered statements of opposition from Senators McConnell and GOP.
McConnell reiterated the importance of instilling the history and principles of the founding of the country and subsequent chapters that unite American citizens on a common ethnicity, race or language. He insisted that the Education Ministry initiative was a significant departure from the bipartisan understanding of history that had been gained until recently, which asserted that students should be given a solid knowledge and comprehensive of American institutions and historical development.
“The youth of our nation do not need an activist indoctrination that focuses solely on the flaws of the past and divides our nation into divided camps,” he continued. “Taxpayer-backed programs should emphasize the shared civic virtues that bring us together, not push radical programs that tear us apart.”