Trump: California schools to be investigated for the usage of the 1619 Project in their curricula


In a Sunday morning tweet, President Donald Trump said that the US Department of Education is investigating California public schools including the 1619 Project in their curricula. ~

The 1619 Project is a history plan promoted by the New York Times which claims the US was “actually” founded in 1619 when the first slaves arrived in Virginia. The plan also describes how colonists fought the Revolutionary War not to liberate the colonies from British rule, but instead to preserve slavery. The 1619 Project was launched by the New York Times Magazine last year. After the launch, the Pulitzer Center was named an education partner for the project and announced its education team would develop educational resources and curricula for teachers to use. Some schools have said they will adopt the 1619 Project into their lessons — though which and how many is unknown (CNN). ~

Sen. Tom Cotton, (R-AR), introduced a bill in July that would have addressed schools’ use of the 1619 project in a similar manner to that Trump proposed, Fox News reported. “That bill proposed denying funds to any school that uses the 1619 Project in its curriculum.” In a statement, Cotton called the 1619 project “a racially divisive, revisionist account of history that denies the noble principles of freedom and equality on which our nation was founded.” The legislation, titled the Saving American History Act of 2020, “would prohibit the use of federal funds to teach the 1619 Project by K-12 schools or school districts. Schools that teach the 1619 Project would also be ineligible for federal professional-development grants.” ~

Trump, writing on Twitter, stated that “the Department of Education is looking at this.” He continued, “We want our sons and daughters to know the truth. America is the greatest and most exceptional nation in the history of the world.” ~

Despite opposition from the right, the 1619 project has gained a tremendous amount of support from those on the left, especially among young Americans (National Review). The creator of the project, Nikole Hannah-Jones, has also gained notability as a journalist after receiving the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for her introductory essay to the project. ~


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