During what would be his final months in office — for now, anyway — then-President Donald Trump signed off on a project meant to counter the cultural poison leftists are injecting rapidly into our public education systems via curriculum like the inherently racist “The 1619 Project.”
The former established the “1776 Commission,” a panel of educational experts charged with developing an accurate curriculum that also focuses on the true nature of our country’s founding — as a beacon of freedom and individual liberty, even if we didn’t achieve it for all of our people right off the bat.
Shortly after Joe Biden was assisted into the Oval Office, he signed an executive order ending the 1776 Commission, but the good news it, the program lives on.
“You can abolish a commission, you can take a report off the website, but you can’t erase history,” said executive director Matthew Spalding, who is also the vice president and dean of Hillsdale College, in an interview this week with Just the News co-founder John Solomon.
He added that despite losing its federal charter, the commission will instead focus on targeting state and local educators and education systems, with social media and a web presence coming soon.
“But what the 1776 report, and the cause of its abolishment, which was an executive order to instigate the federal government’s turn into equity outcomes, these things are intimately connected, really kind of hit a nerve — tapped into something — which is a deep, underlying debate about the nature of America and what it means and how should we look at it? How should we look at its history? How should we look at it today? How should we look at its principles as they’re applied to current questions? And you can’t get rid of that,” he continued.
“And this is not merely a narrow, political question that one president or a legislature could come in, and merely reverse, like a regulation. This is a debate that goes to the heart of our country, it’s been going on since the beginning, and it’s the essential debate and discussion that citizens, by right, should have, and are going to have, regardless of what the government does,” he added.
He noted further that the 1776 Commission and concepts like critical race theory cannot co-exist because they are diametrically opposed to each other. The former teaches that our country was founded on principles laid out in the Declaration of Independence, while CRT claims the country is just inherently racist.
“They had to abolish the commission. And it’s important for everyone to understand that. We don’t have two different conversations going on here, as in one is about 1776 history and the other one is about, you know, identity politics, critical race theory, and these other ideas,” said Spalding.
“The fact of the matter is that this dominant progressive view about systemic racism and critical race theory, identity, politics, equity, whatever term they’re using, they keep changing their terms … that’s not merely an opinion, that must reject the other way of doing things. These things can’t coexist,” he noted further.
“Either ‘all men are created equal,’ which is a claim of 1776 — which is also, by the way, the claim defended by Lincoln, in freeing the slaves, and Martin Luther King, in the Civil Rights movement, right? Either that’s true, or it’s not. Or it’s not. Simple as that. And if it’s not, then it’s merely a matter of will, and who’s the strongest, and who has the most activists, and who can control legislatures and force things into the classroom,” the Hillsdale dean said.