The “Culture War” in the American Classroom

Apparently, a lot of people are angry. And finally they are angry about education.

The United States ranks almost dead-last on math placement exams. Creationism is being taught in science classes. Schools are overflowing. Teachers are underpaid. Rampant economic inequality characterizes the American classroom.

I have been waiting for people to get pissed off about education for years. And it seems that the day of reckoning has finally arrived. So let’s see why people are so riled up…

Oh. Wait…huh. Okay. Well, history is important, and I am all about parents and lawmakers being invested in an accurate curriculum. So let’s take a look at what specific points people find troublesome…


Oh. We’re upset because the unit on Manifest Destiny (a period characterized by the belief that our destiny—our obligation—was to stretch across the Americas) focuses too much on…our narcissistic desire to spread our own culture.

Am I crazy? Isn’t saying, “we wanted to spread our political beliefs and technologies because we thought they were better” a kind of cultural superiority?

But that’s not all. Apparently, we’re also upset because the colonial era (an era that was characterized by the destruction of native peoples by Europeans, and the subsequent theft of native land and property by said Europeans) doesn’t focus enough on…religious toleration (?).

This has to be a joke. I mean, I don’t want to burst anyone’s bubble, but the the destruction of an entire people is kind of an important historical moment. And honestly, how far could our toleration have really extended? I mean….considering that we were simultaneously trying our very best to exterminate an entire people and all.

But fine. You want me to talk about religious toleration in the Unite States? Happy to oblige.

Oklahoma Rep. Dan Fisher (one of the primary proponents of the attack on AP classes), is a member of The Black Robe Regiment. This is an organization that seeks to dismantle any kind of separation of Church and State. Don’t believe me? From one of their own websites: “In 1798, John Adams warned: ‘We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion…Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.’” And so the Black Robes work to ensure that religion (re. Christianity) dictates government policy.

Want more? You got it.

Dan believes that American is facing a crisis today much the same as the one faced by the country in 1776. He says it is time for the preachers of America to respond to God’s call and fully engage in the culture war that is destroying our liberties and will eventually, if not checked, steal away our religious liberty and our opportunity to freely preach the Gospel [sic.].

So to clarify. A state representative—a representative who is fighting a “culture war” against everyone who isn’t a Christian—is upset because courses on American history focus too much on the United States’ engagement in…a culture war against everyone who isn’t Christian.


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