“it denies 1776 and our constitution and our founding documents and the goal of forming a more perfect union”
Nikole Hannah-Jones, the author of the 1619 Project, wants it taught in schools. She recently claimed it was a free speech issue.
Former education secretary Betsy DeVos was asked about this in an interview this week and spoke frankly.
Yael Halon writes at FOX News:
Betsy DeVos blasts Randi Weingarten’s defense of critical race theory: ‘1619 Project is not history’
Weingarten defended the project in a tense exchange with “The Story” host Martha MacCallum a day earlier, where she stated that “from everything that I can see and understand from the data that I see, 1619 was the year that the first slave boat came from Africa to the United States.”
The project is based on the belief that the first importation of the slaves to American shores in 1619 constituted the nation’s true founding, and suggests “that the reason for the founding of our country was to perpetuate slavery,” DeVos said.
“Let’s be really clear. The 1619 Project is not history… it denies 1776 and our constitution and our founding documents and the goal of forming a more perfect union,” the Trump education secretary said…
“Of course we need to teach history. We need to teach about slavery,” she said, “but we also need to teach how our country has continued to aspire for and work toward a more perfect union. And the answer to racism and discrimination in our country is not to then adopt another form of racism, which is exactly what the 1619 Project suggests.”
Watch the clip below:
In the same interview, DeVos took a swipe at teacher unions.
Spencer Brown writes at Townhall:
DeVos: Teachers’ Unions ‘Play Politics with Kids’ Lives’
Former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos joined The Story with Martha MacCallum Tuesday to sound off on extended school closures and respond to Monday’s remarks by president of the American Federation of Teachers Randi Weingarten.
In a Monday interview with MacCallum, Weingarten tried to blame the Trump administration for months of extended school closures and distance learning in the name of COVID safety. DeVos responded on Tuesday, calling Weingarten’s attempt to pass the buck “an outright lie,” adding the Trump administration “knew last spring that it was safe for kids to be back in school.”
DeVos didn’t mince words when it came to evaluating the state of play for America’s students through the beginning of the Biden administration:
“We have failed kids across this country. I worry for the future of the country when this is how we’re treating the most valuable asset we have, our children, they’re our future. It’s just been heartbreaking to hear some of these stories, to see some of these things first hand. There is no excuse.”
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