Trump Signs Executive Order For 1776 Commission Setting Up a Patriotic Education

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According to The Hill

On the eve of Election Day, President Trump signed a new executive order with potentially big implications for American education.

The order established the president’s newfound “Advisory 1776 Commission,” an educational committee with the goal to “better enable a rising generation to understand the history and principles of the founding of the United States in 1776.”

Described as a “patriotic education,” the commission will cultivate a lesson plan that emphasizes the pillars of American government, including the famously guaranteed rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

The advisory committee will work within the U.S. Department of Education to develop core principles of the American founding available for schools to adopt.

Notably, the executive order states: “Parents and local school boards must be empowered to achieve greater choice and variety in curriculum at the State and local levels.”

“Viewing America as an irredeemably and systemically racist country cannot account for the extraordinary role of the great heroes of the American movement against slavery and for civil rights,” the order states. “Thus it is necessary to provide America’s young people access to what is genuinely inspiring and unifying in our history, as well as to the lessons imparted by the American experience of overcoming great national challenges.  This is what makes possible the informed and honest patriotism that is essential for a successful republic.”

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