Scholars Launch ‘Civics Alliance’ to Teach America’s Founding Principles and Debunk Critical Race Theory

Scholars Launch ‘Civics Alliance’ to Teach America’s Founding Principles and Debunk Critical Race Theory

 

(CNSNews.com) – The National Association of Scholars (NAS) launched a new initiative this month called “Civics Alliance” (civicsalliance.org), a website that provides information, resources, and networking contacts for citizens and lawmakers who “are dedicated to opposing Critical Race Theory (CRT)” and committed to “restoring excellent civics education to America’s K-12 schools.”

The Civics Alliance, initially founded last year, is a national coalition of organizations “dedicated to preserving and improving an American civics education that teaches students the founding principles of the United States, the structure of our self-governing republic, the functions of government at all levels, and how our key institutions work,” said the NAS in a press release.

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Dr. Terry Stoops, PhD, one of the initial signatories of the Civics Alliance, told CNS News, “Progressives have long sought to use public schools as a means to advance their social and political agenda, but in recent years they have found the most efficient way to change the minds of Americans is to bombard public schools with social study standards and curricula that reflect their ideology. The Civics Alliance provides citizens resources for opposing that effort.”

Stoops is the director of the Center for Effective Education at the John Locke Foundation in Raleigh, N.C.

Dr. Terry Stoops, director of the Center for Effective Education at the John Locke Foundation in Raleigh, N.C.

Dr. Terry Stoops, director of the Center for Effective Education at the John Locke Foundation in Raleigh, N.C.

Traditional civics education focuses on the founding of America dating back to the time of the Revolutionary War and the Declaration of Independence. It teaches patriotic values and the basic understanding of how the government works.

According to the NAS, the Civics Alliance “will provide the latest information on the radical assault on civics education, model content for civics education, and news about the ways education reformers are working to restore an American civics education. The Civics Alliance and its website will be a clearinghouse for Americans who want to restore a civics education that teaches students about America’s exceptional heritage of freedom.”

The Civics Alliance website offers a lot of information to the public. This includes, for instance, a K-12 Civics Code for lawmakers, with model laws such as the “Partisanship Out of Civics Act to bar Critical Race Theory and action civics.” A Contractor Nondiscrimination Act would “require contractors for school districts to prohibit the use of Critical Race Theory policies.”

There also is a model Higher Education Code that offers a Syllabus Transparency Act, a Universities Nondiscrimination Act, and an American History Act “to add and American History and Government general education requirement to public universities.”

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In 2012, the U.S. Department of Education commissioned A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future, which explained a “New Civics,” often referred to as Action Civics. This kind of teaching is being implemented into schools’ curricula, and it focuses on progressive ideologies rather than holding onto factual and historical teaching about the government.  

According to the NAS, New Civics was created back in the 1960’s, progressed in the 80’s, and became eligible for federal funding in the 90’s. Compared to the traditional teachings of civics, Action Civics is viewed as radical.

“American students are being subjected to a relentless form of anti-American propaganda teaching that the United States is a uniquely evil and racist country,” states the Civics alliance, “by means of deceptively named theories and pedagogies such as Action Civics, Anti-Racism, Critical Race Theory, Globalist Civics, and Neo-Marxist forms of ‘Social Justice’ Activism.”

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“We call on all Americans to insist that their local institutions of public education adopt real and rigorous civics education, in both K-12 schools and state universities, and to exclude from these institutions the pseudo-civic education that instills hostility to America and its heritage,” says the coalition.

The NAS published a list of various scholars supporting the goals and purpose of the Civics Alliance. Some of these scholars include J. Christian Adams, president of the Public Interest Legal Foundation; Taffy Howard, State Representative, South Dakota House of Representatives; Deal Hudson, publisher of The Christian Review; Harvey Mansfield, professor emeritus of Government at Harvard University, Glenn Loury; Merton P. Stoltz, professor of the Social Sciences at Brown University; and Dr. Terry Stoops, director of the Center for Effective Education, among many others.

The 1619 Project is an example of Critical Race Theory because it proposes that the American history students have learned is not accurate because it was written through the so-called lens of white individuals.  If you are a historian who happens to be white, you cannot be trusted. 

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A quote from the curricula states, “Our founding ideals of liberty and equality were false when they were written. Black Americans fought to make them true. Without this struggle, America would have no democracy at all.” As opposed to teaching that America was founded in 1776 by the Founding Fathers who declared independence from Great Britain, the supporters of The 1619 Project teach that America was founded back in 1619 when slaves were brought to America.

Many schools today implement Critical Race Theory into their studies. According to Chalkbeat, 36 states have made efforts to limit CRT teaching in the classrooms., while 17 states want to add it to their courses.

Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R-Va.) issued an executive order banning CRT from schools in the state. Govs. Greg Abbott (R-Tex.) and Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) created legislation that would prevent CRT discussions in the classrooms.

 Gov. Abbott proposed another bill requiring schools to upload their course material online before the academic term starts, so that parents can stay informed and have the right to know what their children are being taught.

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