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WASHINGTON, May 24, 2021 / PRNewswire / – On Monday, May 24, the 1776 Commission met on the Hillsdale College campus in Washington, DC to discuss civic education programs, civic education reform efforts in states, pending federal legislation and executive actions, and future Commission activities.

At the end of the meeting, the 1776 Commission released the following statement (PDF here):

We are grateful for the widespread support for the work of the 1776 President’s Advisory Board, and we applaud the many efforts, some new and long-established, underway to advance the principles and address the concerns expressed in the 1776 report.

The restoration of American education can only be founded on a history of America and its precise, honest, unifying, inspiring and ennobling principles.

This decades-long restoration will only succeed thanks to the great efforts of millions of good-willed, intelligent and patriotic Americans who, like all human beings, aspire to know the truth.

There is no force more powerful than the love of parents for their children, and this restoration will depend on mothers and fathers demanding that their children no longer receive false tales or be fed hateful lies about our country. . We affirm, as a bulwark for the protection of American principles, the fundamental constitutional principle that parents have the natural right to direct the education of their children.

Everyone interested in education in America should organize and run for school board elections and vote in school board elections. Through this and others, they can restore natural sovereignty in school education, the place where students, parents and teachers are united in the sublime work of helping children to grow up.

Parents and local school boards will be strengthened in this effort with a greater choice and variety of study programs at the national and local levels. We reaffirm the role of states and localities in overseeing the country’s K-12 public education system, and commend those states and localities that have reformed or are considering reforming their curricula to support our common principles and teach children our true history. Americans.

We are concerned that the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed rule setting priorities for U.S. history and civic education programs, whether under the name Critical Race Theory or under the misleading name of “Anti-racism,” actually encourages and seeks to allocate federal funds to teaching about racial discrimination in the American elementary and secondary school systems. This proposed rule should be withdrawn and individual states should oppose such race-based pedagogy as part of their programs, especially if those programs are imposed by the federal government.

The Constitution leaves education to states and communities and denies the federal government any power to impose national curriculum standards. The federal government should not get around this hurdle by using federal funds to push states and communities to adopt what it wants to teach in schools across the country. We have learned from the failure of the Common Core experience that one-size-fits-all national models are a model for trivializing and mechanizing learning.

Instead, we encourage true civic education that will rebuild our common bonds, mutual friendship, and civic devotion, and look forward to the upcoming release of programs designed in the true spirit of 1776.

Finally, recalling the long history of citizen participation in our civic life, we call on states, counties and local communities to form their own 1776 commissions to advance this great work of American renewal as we prepare for the 250th anniversary. of the Declaration of Independence. in July 2026.

The meeting was moderated by President Larry P. Arnn, President of Hillsdale College; Vice-President Carol Swain, Professor of Retirement Law at Vanderbilt University; and Executive Director Matthew Spalding, vice president of operations at Hillsdale College in Washington, DC and dean of the Van Andel Graduate School of Government.

“The story is complete and cannot be changed,” Arnn said. “These controversies over history can only be resolved by looking at the facts. Making this story known to young people is the work of the commission, and its importance has not diminished since the day of the inauguration.”

All media inquiries are directed to Emily Stack Davis, Hillsdale College, at [email protected] A PDF of the May 24 declaration of the 1776 Commission is available here. Photos of the meeting can be found here. The portraits of the members of the commission are available here. The 1776 Commission letter to the Ministry of Education can be viewed here.

About the 1776 Commission The 1776 Commission was created in 2020 to prepare for the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and to combat false narratives about the American Foundation, such as those proposed by the “1619 Project” . His first summary document, the 1776 Report, was submitted to the President and published as a public document on January 18, 2021. The President’s Advisory Commission 1776 was abolished by a decree of the next President on the inauguration day, on January 20, 2021. The 1776 report, which was pulled from the White House website on inauguration day, can be downloaded here.

About Hillsdale College Hillsdale College is an independent liberal arts college located in southern Michigan. Founded in 1844, the College has built a national reputation for its basic program in classical liberal arts and its principled refusal to accept grants from federal or state taxpayers, even indirectly in the form of scholarships or student loans. . It is also leading an awareness-raising effort for the promotion of civil and religious freedom, including a monthly summary of freedom of expression, Imprimis, with a circulation of over 5.6 million. For more information, visit

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