Americans United on the Religious Right's Attempts to Control What's Taught in Our History Classes

wheat-dogg, raker of forests, master of steam5/16/2015 6:14:01 am PDT

The ultra-right see the latest AP American History framework as a commie, one-worlder plot that ignores “American exceptionalism.” They see the IB program as a UN conspiracy to take over the USA. From my vantage point in China, I see these people trying to do the same thing that every totalitarian government has done since history began — rewrite history to favor the regime’s message and preserve the regime at all costs.

Chinese kids know nothing about the Tian’anmen massacre of 1989, the famine that resulted from Mao’s agricultural policy, the Cultural Revolution, or the dissidents “disappearing” when they get too troublesome to the Party. Those who can read English and get access to outside sources of history know more, but they are pitiful few.

The Xianists want the same for the USA — cultural amnesia.