From Pat Boone:
But the strong likelihood today is that the majority of America's high school and college kids are being duped, misled and brainwashed – taught lies, by some of their teachers!
I know this is a strong charge, and I hate to make it against people I hold in such high esteem, but the facts back it up.
I'm a contributor to The Fund for American Studies, created by the venerable newsman Fred Barnes and his associate Roger Ream, and I strongly believe in their quest to hold our institutions of learning to a high and honorable standard. They see the obvious: If we don't teach our young the true history of our nation and its purposes, in just a generation we might no longer be that nation. We could just dissolve into the vast sea of passing time and be forgotten – a brave experiment that lost its way.
To try to save our future, literally, the FAS will be teaching more than 700 college students this summer about America's foundational principles of limited government and individual liberty. They've been doing this for some time and, hopefully, will continue this essential work for years to come.
Why? Isn't this stuff taught already in high school and college history and government classes?
No. Alarmingly, these days in most schools, the ideas of our Founding Fathers are rarely taught at all! They're seen by too many teachers as backward, as racist, sexist – and outright oppressive!
As FAS has authenticated, in the increasingly rare cases where our Founding Fathers' ideas are taught, it is often done with a hostile or ungrateful attitude, at times so extreme that it would shock most of us who not so long ago went to school in what now seems a much different time.
For instance, what appears to be the hottest new American history textbook, "Lies My Teacher Told Me," authored by James Loewen, tells students:
Perhaps we are all dupes, manipulated by elite white male capitalists who orchestrate how history is written as part of their scheme to perpetuate their own power and privilege at the expense of the rest of us.
What? This is a book meant to teach our kids about how America came into being? How this country became the greatest in history?
Loewen goes on: "… textbooks [others', not his, of course] misrepresent the U.S. government and omit its participation in state sponsored terrorism." Sometimes his scurrilous polemic is the only "textbook" used in an "American history" class!
If all this bothers you as much as it deeply concerns me, please go to the Fund for American Studies website and find out what your fellow citizens like Fred and Roger are doing about it. As they point out dramatically, Tomorrow matters today, and they're training young Americans to carry the torch of liberty and love of country to the next generation, and the next. And they are determined to challenge our teachers, on every level, to teach truth without bias and history without revision. I truly believe most of our educators – being at heart still the gallant sort I remember from my own school days – want to do that.