AP Photo/Steve Helber Standards for teaching history in Virginia public schools must be changed at least every seven years. With the last overhaul occurring in 2015, the Virginia Board of Education (VBOE) has received input for the new standards over the last year.
That means the new standards began to be developed under former Governor Ralph Northam, a Democrat. Northam sought input for the new standards from a variety of groups including experts on indigenous, African American, Asian American, and Hispanic history, among other cultures.
Unfortunately, it appears Northam neglected to consult an expert in American history.
For that reason, the VBOE has delayed public hearings on the new standards — at least until they can get some of the kinks worked out.
Fox News: “We’re on our way to having the best standards in the nation, and I don’t want any of us to settle for anything less,” Balow said. For instance, Balow criticized the draft standards for the use of the word “succession” instead of “secession” and further referenced the removal of the “Father of our Country” title for George Washington and “Father of the Constitution” title for James Madison. The Department of Education has said that was an “inadvertent” error. Yeah, right. “Inadvertent” my foot. It was a deliberate slap at Washington and Madison because they were slaveholders. To erase history because the people who made it upset you or your delicate sensibilities is ignorant and shortchanges the children you’re supposedly trying to teach. “As a parent I am shocked by the nonsense of even a thought of the removal of the nomenclature, ‘George Washington, the Father of our Country,’ and ‘James Madison, the Father of our Constitution.’ I am grateful for the five new Virginia Board of Education members who put the brakes on the aim to ram […]
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