When he was young, Thomas Jefferson carefully copied those words — a quote from the great political philosopher Montesquieu — into his “commonplace book,” the private journal he kept as a student for future inspiration.
“Everything, therefore, depends on establishing this love in a republic,” the passage continued. “And to inspire it ought to be the principal business of education.”
In other words, as Jefferson might put it today to our public schools: You had one job — and you failed.
“Today we talk as if it’s all about college and career readiness,” education scholar Michael J. Petrilli told The Post. “But going back to the 1780s, the argument in favor of having public education at all has been first and foremost to develop democratic citizens.”
Then again, students in Jefferson’s day didn’t have to grapple with The 1619 Project. That controversial effort, launched by the New York Times last year, is a wholesale reinterpretation of America’s founding that damns the ideals laid out in Jefferson’s Declaration as “false when they were written.” Instead, its authors declared, our national history is racist to the core, rooted in slavery and white supremacy. They fleshed out the concept in a 100-page magazine supplement that has already been added to the history curriculum in 3,500 US high schools.
What do you believe is really the case with American History in our Schools? Are our students getting the true facts about our history or are they being taught to hate our country by teaching lies about our founding fathers and our history?
It is a shame that Americans do not know their history. Our schools are purposely not teaching history so that we forget the lessons that should be learned from history. This is the design by any Marxist government in order to gain more control over its citizens. If America doesn’t wake up soon, we will find out that we no longer have our freedoms.