If you haven’t heard, the state of Oklahoma is waging an all-out assault on Advanced Placement U.S. history in their public schools. Apparently, Republicans within the state legislature feel that telling the truth about our nation’s history is simply not patriotic.
Though I believe it goes much deeper than just trying to whitewash some of our history. In my opinion, this is part of a much larger attempt by Republicans to change what “facts” are in this country. It’s a theory that seems to have been confirmed after it was revealed that not only are they trying to ban AP history from schools, but they’re trying to change what’s taught altogether.
They want to replace some of what’s been taught in these classes with more “right-wing” approved curriculum. More specifically, they want to feature three speeches given by Ronald Reagan and one by George W. Bush – yet leave out any Democratic president after Lyndon B. Johnson.
What Bush speech do they want to include, you ask? The one he gave following the 9/11 attacks.
So, they want to focus on the speech Bush gave following the worst terrorist attack in our nation’s history – yet ignore the speech given by President Obama the night he announced we had killed Osama bin Ladin, the mastermind behind the attacks.
Amazing, isn’t it? Feature four speeches from two of the last three Republican presidents, then leave out any mention of the two most economically successful presidents in our nation’s history.
Not only that, but they apparently want to completely ignore the inauguration speech given by Barack Obama; you know, our nation’s first African-American president. But they do want Reagan’s inauguration speech to be included in the new curriculum. Because that’s definitely much more significant to our nation’s history than voters electing our first minority president.
And I think if we’re going to talk about Reagan, shouldn’t we make sure to emphasize the Iran-Contra scandal and his passage of amnesty in 1986? Aren’t those slightly more important than his inauguration speech?
Wait, that wouldn’t benefit GOP propaganda.
This is what I mean when I say Republicans are trying to change what “facts” mean. It’s not just that they’re trying to run from this country’s less than ideal past, but they’re trying to omit historical facts from even more modern times to deliberately promote and place emphasis on events that promote the Republican party.
Just the fact that these new proposals leave out any mention of any Democratic president after LBJ is laughable. Basically they want to put a ton of importance on Reagan (only the good stuff though), skip over 12 years of George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton and go straight to one of the few moments in George W. Bush’s presidency (and clearly his best moment) where he wasn’t completely terrible. But let’s be sure not to mention that he also presided over the worst economic crash since the Great Depression.
That’s pretty much how you define structured propaganda.
Thankfully there’s been a massive uproar among parents and students in Oklahoma over this push by the GOP, so maybe there’s some hope that this nonsense doesn’t become a reality.
If it does, I can promise you it’s one of many steps Republicans in many of these state legislatures are going to take to turn the curriculum in our public schools into nothing more than GOP propaganda.
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