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Hillsdale College Counters 1619 Project With New ‘1776 Curriculum’

Hillsdale College Counters 1619 Project With New ‘1776 Curriculum’

“The nearly 2,400 pages of curriculum from Hillsdale College in Michigan includes lessons on the founding of the U.S., the Civil War and the American government.”

Note how the liberal site Politico frames Hillsdale College as “Christian” and cites its “deep ties” to the Trump administration. That aside, this curriculum looks pretty good, and it’s free.

Politico reports:

Trump ally Hillsdale College pitches 1619 Project counterweight

A small Christian college with deep ties to the Trump administration released a “1776 curriculum” on Wednesday, the latest push to continue former President Donald Trump’s mission to create a “patriotic education.”

The nearly 2,400 pages of curriculum from Hillsdale College in Michigan includes lessons on the founding of the U.S., the Civil War and the American government. The college has long been in favor of a civics education that focuses on America’s strength rather than its ills and supported curriculum that is less critical of the U.S. Larry Arnn, the college’s president, led the Trump administration’s 1776 Commission, which Trump appointed members to during his last few weeks in office. It was later disbanded by the Biden administration but continued to meet.

The curriculum marks another turn in the national debate over teachings that focus on racism’s role in America’s past and present.

“Though no formal connection exists between the President’s Advisory 1776 Commission and The Hillsdale 1776 Curriculum, Hillsdale College was inspired by the Commission’s call for a restoration of American education grounded on a history that is ‘accurate, honest, unifying, inspiring, and ennobling,'” Kathleen O’Toole, assistant provost for K-12 Education at Hillsdale College, told POLITICO in a statement, noting the document is also the product of “decades of forming and honing curriculum at Hillsdale College and its associated K-12 schools.”

The curriculum, available for free online, is a direct challenge to The New York Times Magazine’s 1619 Project, which explored how racism and inequality shaped the founding of the country. Several school districts have adopted curricula based on the project.

Check it out here.

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Comments

Beautiful! Let’s see this curriculum gain wide adoption!

How long before social media posts promoting (or even talking about) the 1776 curriculum are flagged as misinformation?

henrybowman | July 24, 2021 at 6:58 pm

Well, characterizing Hillsdale College as “Christian” isn’t exactly what I’d call reaching. They’re quite upfront and in-your-face about it. And to insinuate that a Christian college would prefer Trump to Joe Belial Biden, well, that’s shocking, simply shocking.

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