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Colleges Twist U.S. History (grievance studies take precedence)
NAS ^ | 1/10/2013

Posted on 01/12/2013 4:05:14 AM PST by Altura Ct.

U.S. history courses at American colleges and universities downplay the nation's economic, military, and political history and dramatically overemphasize the role of race. So finds a new study by the Texas Association of Scholars (TAS) and Center for the Study of the Curriculum at the National Association of Scholars (NAS).

The study focused on the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M as representative institutions because Texas law requires all students at public universities to take a year of American history and for universities to post course syllabi and faculty credentials online. The researchers found that many important topics received scant attention while more than half the faculty members focused on race, class, and gender (RCG) in their courses. Among the topics that were often crowded out were America's diplomatic, philosophical, religious, and scientific history.

The report, Recasting History: Are Race, Class, and Gender Dominating American History?, finds:

High emphasis on race, class, and gender in reading assignments. 78 percent of UT faculty members were high assigners of RCG readings; 50 percent of A&M faculty members were high assigners of RCG readings.

An absence of significant primary source documents and key concepts Tocqueville's Democracy in America and the Gettysburg Address, for instance, were rarely assigned, and numerous political documents, such as the Mayflower Compact and Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address, were not assigned in any American history courses.

High level of race, class, and gender research interests among faculty members teaching these courses. 78 percent of UT faculty members had special research interests in RCG; 64 percent of A&M faculty members had special research interests in RCG.

"The failure of these major universities to present a broader picture of the American story shortchanges students," said Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars. "It also puts at risk the nation's civic literacy."

"The patterns we uncovered at UT and A&M reflect national trends in the discipline. To turn this around history departments must review their curricula, keep broad courses broad, hire less-narrowly-specialized faculty members, and diversify graduate programs."


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: academia; colleges; curriculum; education; godsgravesglyphs; history; learning; schools; teaching; universities

1 posted on 01/12/2013 4:05:33 AM PST by Altura Ct.
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To: Altura Ct.

The education system is an arm of the American communist party, period!


2 posted on 01/12/2013 4:12:12 AM PST by ronnie raygun (Being Breitbart, Lexington / Concord, America's first gun grab attempt)
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To: Altura Ct.

Only to point this out....I attended college in the early 80’s, and did three classes relating to American history (101, 102, and an entire class on the Revolutionary War). There was around two minutes spent on Tocqueville. We spent around six minutes covering the battle at Gettysburg and the Gettysburg address. We spent an entire class evening covering everything from 1966 to 1969.

I consider all the history given to me in high school and college to be mostly just an introduction thing and nothing more. From age thirty on....I picked up around two hundred books on various aspects of American history and rounded myself out. Few people do that. Very few people in America today have an appreciation of where we came from or how we got to this point.


3 posted on 01/12/2013 4:14:02 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: Altura Ct.
they have the entire population believing that the Civil War was all about the crusade to end slavery

nothing at all about the economic oppression of the south

even most freepers think Lincoln was a national hero. The feds even built a big monument to worship that constitution wrecking tyrant, Lincoln unconstitutionally waged war that murdered 100's of thousands of his own people who dared resist the federal tyranny by legal means.

Yet my interpretation of those events makes me a racist to most of the brainwashed population

4 posted on 01/12/2013 4:24:37 AM PST by KTM rider ( , you'd be lucky to get= $7....LOL !)
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To: Altura Ct.
"...shortchanges students...puts at risk the nation's civic literacy." -- Peter Wood

That's not all it does. It teaches "Hate America First," negates patriotism, breeds grievance-mongering, and encourages communism and share-the-misery socialism. Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars, is mighty ignorant for a man with such a lofty title and position.

5 posted on 01/12/2013 4:36:09 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: KTM rider

The thing that torques me off most about the Civil War is the way that Andersenville is presented.

Certainly Andersenville was bad, but the South had no way they could properly care for prisoners. While in prisons like Point Lookout the southern prisoners were treated as badly or worse and guarded by blacks who couldn’t wait to take a shot at them for sport. The north had the wherewithal to properly treat prisners and treated them badly just for the hell of it in 5 POW camps that were hellholes.But all we ever hear about is Andersenville.

We never hear about the deaths from disease and overcrowding and just plain meannesss at Confederate POW camps. The Victors hold the War crimes, and Confederate POW camps were war crimes.


6 posted on 01/12/2013 4:41:01 AM PST by Venturer
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To: KTM rider
nothing at all about the economic oppression of the south

What economic oppression?

7 posted on 01/12/2013 4:53:58 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Venturer
While in prisons like Point Lookout the southern prisoners were treated as badly or worse and guarded by blacks who couldn’t wait to take a shot at them for sport.

Seems reasonably fair, since initially black POWs were denied that status, and when not killed out of hand were often sold back into slavery.

The CSA government even issued an official order that white officers commanding black troops were to be prosecuted for the death penalty under state laws for slave rebellions.

They chickened out of that one, but for the rest of the war they refused to provide equal treatment for black prisoners, a major contributor to the breakdown of exchange and the overloading of prisoner facilities in both north and south.

8 posted on 01/12/2013 5:16:50 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Altura Ct.
This has been going on for a long time in some places.

Forty-plus years ago at my college--which is the alma mater of one of the biggest news makers of our time--I took a class in the history of my state. I was told that when JFK won the presidency, the professor who taught this course had assured the school's mostly conservative and Republican student body that it was not the end of the world. But as the sixties progressed, he turned radical, and he used the class as his soap box. In his lectures, he emphasized nativism, racism, militarism, social injustice and the despoliation of the environment, and on his exams, he asked us to give examples of these.

This professor has since passed on, but things have since gotten worse. When i was there, neighbors called the school Moscow on the hill. Now, it's probably more like Pyongyang.

9 posted on 01/12/2013 5:49:19 AM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Sherman Logan

So you think it was just fine to place blacks as guards and let them shoot POW’s?

Seem’s fair you say.

Well now we see whay it was allowed. Back then the North thought it was fair too.

Nothing ever changes much.


10 posted on 01/12/2013 5:53:50 AM PST by Venturer
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To: KTM rider

Tell the people who think Lincoln was so great that he was right, but was killed before he could complete his plan to return them all to Africa.


11 posted on 01/12/2013 6:26:17 AM PST by wrencher
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To: pepsionice

It is awful, I am a graduate of the public high school system of South Carolina, class of 62, no other formal education other than a US Navy electronics school. I have had conversations with young men who hold a degree with a MAJOR in history from our local university and found that they would have ZERO chance of passing even an EIGHTH GRADE history final from my era. They told me that they majored in history because they needed a degree “of some kind” and history was the easiest! My answer is that you have spent at least four years and a lot of money, including whatever income might have been earned in that four years, probably amassed a big student loan debt and you come out with less knowledge of your MAJOR than a thirteen year old of my generation learned in a free public school. Just what is it you have accomplished?

A bachelor of arts degree in today’s job market is now worth far LESS than a public high school diploma was worth in the job market of 1960. I am old enough to know that young men used to finish high school, go to work in a textile mill and have a wife and one or two children at age 22. This was not uncommon, in fact by the time I turned 23 and was still unmarried people thought I was a bum who would never amount to anything, this in spite of the fact that I had an honorable discharge, a Navy electronics certificate and held a job paying what would be the equivalent of at least $60,000. a year now and I was driving a new car. I was unmarried at TWENTY THREE, therefor I was worthy of no respect.
For a summation I refer to the tagline.


12 posted on 01/12/2013 6:40:35 AM PST by RipSawyer (I was born on Earth, what planet is this?)
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To: Altura Ct.
while more than half the faculty members focused on race, class, and gender (RCG) in their courses

And often enough it's not really the faculty doing this willingly - they're forced to incorporate "social justice" themes in their classes. At least the non-tenured faculty are.

I had an phenomenal grad-school Econ (both Macro and Micro) professor. Adjunct - worked in the real world and taught classes because he really loved to. Incredibly knowledgeable and thought-provoking. Took a very analytical pros/cons approach to Keynes rather than one of slavish devotion. I can't speak highly enough of him - he was one of the best professors I ever had in either undergrad or grad.

The University started doing mid-semester student evaluations on the professors. Scan-tron style forms; fill in little bubbles but no ability to actually provide written comments. The questions had a VERY heavy emphasis on whether the professors were including elements of social justice (race/gender/class -- this was over 10 years ago and has probably been modified to incorporate sexual identification/orientation by now) into their instructions.

I think the entire class answered "no" on this the first time around. It was an ECON class. It was about formulas and numbers and theories pertaining to such, right? He was using examples like the generic widgets and beer/pizza to illustrated his points.

We'll, first class after the evaluation he came in and was pretty sullen if not seething. He started up the lecture (it was on something relating to supply and demand) and used abortion as the example.

The entire class - which was made up mostly of business-school students so probably slightly more Conservative than other classes - collectively gasped. Message received. A bunch of us talked about it afterwards and decided that we had to see it as a stupid little PC game and interpret the evaluation questions through the eyes of the University Administration ... and for the good professors had to answer them as we felt the University administration wanted them answered.

After that one class he went back to widgets/beer&pizza. And we gave him top marks on incorporating PC themes in his class. Lesson learned. About a year later there was a glowing article in the school paper citing the evals about how well the professors were doing in incorporating social justice themes in their classes.
13 posted on 01/12/2013 6:52:05 AM PST by tanknetter
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To: Venturer

So how is it unfair for black Union soldiers to treat CSA POWs less severely than they would have been had their situations been reversed?

Turnabout, and all that.


14 posted on 01/12/2013 7:04:55 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan

Conrtulations on being the only Eric Holder fan on FR.


15 posted on 01/12/2013 10:32:21 AM PST by norton
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To: ronnie raygun

It would seem that way. they have little interest in education and instead are focused upon teaching hate & resentment in the context of their favorite groups, race, class and gender.


16 posted on 01/12/2013 10:57:30 AM PST by Monorprise
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To: ronnie raygun

It would seem that way. they have little interest in education and instead are focused upon teaching hate & resentment in the context of their favorite groups, race, class and gender.


17 posted on 01/12/2013 10:57:30 AM PST by Monorprise
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To: norton

Quite a stretch.

My point is only that if group A treats prisoners of group B with extreme cruelty, then group B cannot claim it is unfair if group B is similarly cruel to prisoners from group A.

They might have many logical reasons for complaint, but fairness is not one of them.

Anyway, the Holder claim is a non sequitur. Nothing I have ever said on FR indicates I like the man.


18 posted on 01/12/2013 11:00:32 AM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan

You assume something you know nothing about.


19 posted on 01/12/2013 11:01:57 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Altura Ct.
Reminds me of a set of encyclopedias I bought for my children years ago. I think it was Childcraft.

They featured bios of unknown minority activists but no listing for American icon JOHN WAYNE. That in itself told me everything I needed to know about the quality of the product.

Called up the sales gal and returned them pronto.

20 posted on 01/12/2013 11:08:34 AM PST by Lizavetta (You get what you tolerate)
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To: RipSawyer

“It is awful, I am a graduate of the public high school system of South Carolina, class of 62, no other formal education other than a US Navy electronics school. I have had conversations with young men who hold a degree with a MAJOR in history from our local university and found that they would have ZERO chance of passing even an EIGHTH GRADE history final from my era. They told me that they majored in history because they needed a degree “of some kind” and history was the easiest! My answer is that you have spent at least four years and a lot of money, including whatever income might have been earned in that four years, probably amassed a big student loan debt and you come out with less knowledge of your MAJOR than a thirteen year old of my generation learned in a free public school. Just what is it you have accomplished?”

Very sad indeed. Your generation was fortunate to have honest teachers interested in teaching legitimate history rather than the hate & envy based ideological indoctrination of the Marxist left.

Of course it is the liberals of your Generation that did this to us, and the rest of your generation which as a whole let them. Academic Independence “for the children” was anther world for dishonesty to deceive and rob our children of a genuine education.

In some states like Texas we are in a position to put a stop to this evil, and this is something that Must be done without delay less there be no future for any of us.

But in many states where liberals dominate there is nothing we can do, except to highlight the dishonesty and hate of their academic institutions.


21 posted on 01/12/2013 11:13:22 AM PST by Monorprise
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To: Sherman Logan

The exchanges broke down because the north realized every southern soldier was worth 3 northern soldier.

The north hated blacks as much as the south at that time, and as it happens blacks fought on both sides of the conflict.

Here is an entire website dedicate to telling the story of black Confederates:

http://blackconfederatesoldiers.com/introductions_black_confederates_website_23.html


22 posted on 01/12/2013 11:24:37 AM PST by Monorprise
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Altura Ct.


23 posted on 01/12/2013 3:29:38 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Altura Ct.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


24 posted on 01/12/2013 3:30:43 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: Monorprise

Actually I think it goes back beyond my generation, by the time I was old enough to have any influence on the school system this was largely done. I didn’t turn thirty until 1974 and the worst of the damage had been done by then. I will agree that my generation had a part in allowing it to become worse every year after that. I confess that I had no inkling just how bad it had become until about fifteen years ago. When I started to notice that it was obvious to me with a high school education that television commentators often made the kind of language usage errors that would have earned a big red F on an exam in my day it started to dawn on me. No one seems to understand pronoun usage now and homonyms are apparently too much to handle.


25 posted on 01/12/2013 4:35:34 PM PST by RipSawyer (I was born on Earth, what planet is this?)
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To: RipSawyer

We need to get a handle on our schools and we need to do it now!

The problem with our education system is not that we are not throwing enough money at it, we have been throwing more money at it than almost anyone else. The problem is a functional one of what they are now doing. Instead of teaching productivity & hard work they are spending countless dollars of our hard earned money teaching innocent kids to be resentful of other races and jealous of the few who are productive.


26 posted on 01/13/2013 8:33:34 PM PST by Monorprise
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To: SunkenCiv
This study just confirms what we already knew. It also explains why allegedly well educated people with degrees from prestigious universities know next to nothing about history.

These days you have to educate yourself about history - all the great books and surveys are out there.

27 posted on 01/14/2013 5:47:52 PM PST by colorado tanker
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