California is seeking to institute a new K-12 history and social science curriculum that is decidedly leftist and anti-America. If it is adopted, other districts across the nation could follow suit.
Stanley Kurtz unpacks the worrisome curriculum for the National Review:
On immigration, it is anti-assimilationist; on family and sexuality, it is radically anti-traditionalist; on terrorism, it tends to “blame America first;” on the 1960s, it highlights and implicitly lauds the most radical “black, brown, red, and yellow power movements;” on politics, it paints a halo over progressives while perpetrating a hit job on conservatives; on economics, it elevates Keynesian liberalism and ignores everything else; on military history, it is silent or slyly antagonistic; on contemporary politics, it reads like an anti-globalization protest pamphlet.
Public education has been a bastion of leftist thought for quite some time, but this move is unprecedented. California will make a final decision by July 13 to adopt this framework. If they do, it could have national implications, as many school districts across the country follow the Golden State's lead when selecting curriculum.
Kurtz has warned that any parents, states, or school districts that oppose this progressive curriculum to "redouble their efforts" in preventing these textbooks from becoming standardized.
Here are a few details from Kurtz's piece, broken down by topic by Powerline:
Instead of simply presenting the across-the-board political and cultural consensus of the Progressive Era in favor of assimilation, the authors of the framework feel it necessary to insist that the ideal of immigrant assimilation is no longer appropriate, and was probably based on some combination of bigotry and selfishness when it flourished.
The advent of Islamist terrorism gets virtually no substantive treatment in this supposedly updated 11th grade curriculum, although it is mentioned several times in passing. For example, although we learn that the attacks of September 11, 2001 prompted increased immigration enforcement at the Mexican border, we learn nothing of substance about the greatest foreign attack on American soil, or its aftermath.
On World War II:
The account skips lightly over American victories, concentrating instead on the loss of Bataan, “one of the most grievous defeats in American military history.” Somehow the new framework has contrived to teach World War II, America’s greatest military victory, in such a way as to have students concentrate on America’s most grievous military defeat.
On Democrats and Republicans:
The 11th grade history framework lavishes attention on progressives and Democratic presidents, recounting the expansion of the federal government in the most sympathetic terms. By contrast, Republican presidents are either ignored or painted in a bad light. Students are never offered a coherent explanation of what conservatives believe.