Don’t Let Critical Theory Cancel History

(Heritage Foundation) In his second inaugural address, Ronald Reagan said, “Let history say of us, ‘These were golden years—when the American Revolution was reborn … with heart and hand, let us stand as one today: One people under God determined that our future shall be worthy of our past.”

Unfortunately, Americans’ knowledge and understanding of the past are in a dismal state. A RAND Corporation survey from 2019 finds that just 32% of K-12 teachers considered “knowledge of facts”—such as of the Revolution—to be “absolutely essential” to social studies, last on a list of 12 other tasks. A RAND survey from 2020, meanwhile, found most social studies teachers felt they were not “well prepared to support students’ civic development.”  (Read More)