In the state of North Carolina, the state House of Representatives has created and passed bill HR 96. This bill will require students to take a 3 credit-hour course covering America’s founding and history. Required readings would include the US Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Emancipation Proclamation, at least 5 essays from the Federalist Papers, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail, and the Gettysburg Address.
Things that I believe a student in middle school and high school should be learning, let alone a college student.
Well, 673 professors at UNC Chapel Hill believe this is a problem and remove academic freedoms. They claim it constitutes nothing more than indoctrination. I say it is a perfect way to ensure that American history is actually learned so students will have a true grasp on the history that so often has been corrupted by… 673 professors that preach their socialist ideas while supposedly teaching other subjects like English, Math, and Science. I would also take a wild guess that those 673 professors are not all history teachers either.
What I really don’t understand is why these professors believe it is so wrong for students to come out of college with complete knowledge of the country they live in. In my opinion, students from 9th on up to at least sophomores in college should be required to learn American history, government civics, and philosophy. Something that in my parents’ time was a normal thing to learn in high school. In my time in junior high, I had to learn the Constitution and memorize the Preamble of the Constitution to move on to high school.
If I was a parent paying for my kid’s education and heard about these 673 professors protesting the bill and the possible new requirements for North Carolina, I would be putting UNC at the bottom of the schools to attend.
The bill is now in the hands of the North Carolina Senate and hopefully will be heading to the Governor soon after for a signature into law.