American students are getting bombarded with politics. The “1619 Project” tells them America, tainted by slavery, was rotten from its taproot. Civil rights icon Robert Woodson offers a “1776 Initiative” with a more positive tilt. And President Trump hopes to preempt everything by launching his “1776 Commission” charged with promoting “patriotic education."
But what if everyone is shortsighted?
This is where a distinguished trio of researchers, Morgan Hunter, Victor Davis Hanson, and Williamson M. Evers weigh in. Their new—and disturbing—report uncovers a far deeper problem: inadequate instruction in the foundation of the humanities and the Greco-Roman civilization that gave birth to them. The consequences of this error, say the authors, could be disastrous.
The deep insights and towering achievements of that civilization—valuable in their own right—also once enabled Americans, who were immersed in the classics, to reach beyond partisan differences by drawing on shared knowledge and lessons from the past.
But our citizens can do so no longer. Something needs to be done—which is why the authors of the report are calling for a “490 B.C. Project.”
Read the report: https://www.independent.org/publications/policy_reports/detail.asp?id=13268