One of the biggest causes of our societal decline in America is the systemic repression of American exceptionalism and history. With a “one size fits all” approach to federally-supervised education in America, it is unsurprising to discover that so many students today are taught curriculums that prioritize liberal interpretations of social justice over the basic understanding of our Constitution, our founding principles or our history.
That is about to change… well, in one state, at least…
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, a moderate Republican, has signed into law The South Carolina Founding Principles Act- a bill recently passed that requires high school students to study the Constitution, the Federalist Papers and “the structure of the government and the role of separation of powers and the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.”
In other words: South Carolina lawmakers have created a law that requires teachers to arm students with the kind of knowledge that can be used to refute radical modern concepts of liberalism.
The bill reinforces previous education statutes and high school and college students are required to pass a test after a year-long class detailing the founding documents and our government.
The bill also provides “professional development opportunities” to teachers to ensure that the teachers are properly teaching the material.
“A major part of forming future citizens capable of self-government is ensuring that they are properly educated in the founding documents of our nation,” Arthur Milikh, The Heritage Foundation’s associate director for principles and politics, stated in an email. “This was once common sense throughout America, but now we are forced to fight to ensure that even the most basic texts—the Constitution, the Federalist Papers, the Declaration of Independence—are taught.”
“These works tell us about the nature of our country, the principles for which we stand, and the way to preserve our constitutional order. Should these texts be lost to students, the next generation will be ruled entirely by popular culture and public opinion,” Milikh wrote.
State Rep. Chip Huggins, R-Lexington, was thrilled with the victory,
“I was just so worried about the erosion away from our foundation, and when I say that, I think it’s time we get back to the basics. The basics in which this country was founded. That’s exactly what we wanted to accomplish with this bill.”
The legislation may seem like a drop in the bucket, but it is actually a significant victory.
With a greater emphasis being placed on popular culture and the left’s understanding of “social justice,” young people today are awash in a sea of moral relativism and largely ignorant of tried-and-true American principles that are hidden and obscured by the left’s rabble-rousing.
By understanding more thoroughly our national history, culture and intended system of government, students will be better equipped to reject encroaching tyranny and incremental cultural fascism that the left disguises as modern “tolerance.”