In this week’s of What The Community Has To Say, Jim Bratten talks about how American children are not being taught U.S. history and America lacks the pride it once had and how the American cultural melting pot has been exchanged for cultural diversity.
Hello, I’m Jim Bratten, director of Hoosier Patriots and co-founder of Vanderburgh County Tea Party Patriots.
In his “Letters from an American Farmer,” published in 1782, J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur asked the question: “What then is the American, this new man?”
Having emigrated from France in 1755, the newly-minted American explained that an American is one who leaves “…behind him all his ancient prejudices and manners, receives new ones from the new mode of life he has embraced…” In America, “…individuals of all nations are melted into a new race of men… The American is a new man, who acts upon new principles…”
Over 230 years later, we have stopped teaching U.S. history. By extension, the definition of “American” and the “new principles” are no longer taught.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress shows only 20 percent of our 4th graders demonstrate proficiency in U.S. history. As students advance through school this figure steadily drops. The NAEP study shows proficiency for high school seniors is at 12 percent. These findings are alarming.
American children are taught that we must emulate other nations, that America is not unique. There’s no pride in being an American… whatever that is. Our nation is being divided; individuality replaced by identity groups and the American cultural melting pot exchanged for cultural diversity.
Our shared understanding of American history and what it means to be an American – our identity – will slip away if we don’t teach it.
My name is Jim Bratten and that’s what I have to say.