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Our schools ignore US history at our peril - CommonWealth Magazine

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'The destruction of the distinction between truth and falsehood is the foundation of dictatorship, see this happening today, here  in another nation, as  their schools erase history.   'The Founding Fathers believed that to exercise the rights and privileges of citizenship, Americans had to understand our history and its seminal documents. They also saw it as the role of public schools to pass on what James Madison called “the political religion of the nation” to its children.' There is no democracy without shared knowledge, E.D. Hirsch  said : 'The aim of schooling was not just to Americanize the immigrants, but also to Americanize the Americans.” Tom Birmingham, who wrote this piece was one of the father’s of the Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993. History is fundamental to citizenship, and citizenship is the main purpose of public schooling.'

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