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Politics Teachers Union Head Claims ‘1619 Project’ Opponents Trying to Ban ‘Factual Version of Oppression’ in U.S.

21:50  06 may  2021
21:50  06 may  2021 Source:   nationalreview.com

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American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten accused opponents of the New York Times‘s 1619 Project of trying to ban a “factual version of oppression in America,” in Thursday comments on Prime with Charles Blow on BNC.

Lily Eskelsen García, Lee Saunders, Randi Weingarten around each other: American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., November 1, 2017. © Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., November 1, 2017.

“All of a sudden you’re hearing people talk about critical race theory, people who have no idea what that term means, who are trying to ban the 1619 Project, because it is trying to…actually teach a factual version of oppression in America,” Weingarten said.

McConnell wants '1619 Project' removed from federal grant programs

  McConnell wants '1619 Project' removed from federal grant programs Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday sent a letter to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona urging him to remove The New York Times's "1619 project" from federal grant programs."We write to express grave concern with the Department's effort to reorient the bipartisan American History and Civics Education programs, including the Presidential and Congressional Academies for American History and Civics and the National Activities programs, away from their intended purposes toward a politicized and divisive agenda," the letter states.

The comments come amid controversy surrounding the U.S. Department of Education push to adopt curriculum based on certain parts of the 1619 Project, unveiled by the Times in 2019. The project initially claimed that the importation of the first slaves to American shores in 1619 constituted the nation’s “true founding,” although the phrase disappeared from later iterations of the project.

The Times developed curricula based on the project that has been adopted in various schools, including the Chicago public school district.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) wrote a letter to Education Secretary Dr. Miguel Cardona last week, calling not to adopt nationwide curricula based on the project.

“Families did not ask for this divisive nonsense. Voters did not vote for it. Americans never decided our children should be taught that our country is inherently evil,” McConnell wrote. “If your Administration had proposed actual legislation instead of trying to do this quietly through the Federal Register, that legislation would not pass Congress.”

McConnell, Republicans demand the 1619 Project not taught

  McConnell, Republicans demand the 1619 Project not taught Thirty-seven Republicans led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell demanded that the U.S. Department of Education not teach the 1619 Project because it puts a 'divisive agenda' over accuracy.Politico Playbook first reported that McConnell penned a letter to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on behalf of himself and 37 Senate Republican colleagues asking the nation's education chief not to include The New York Times' controversial project in a curriculum update.

A number of states have advanced legislation to ban 1619 Project curricula from being taught at public schools. Idaho governor Brad Little signed a bill last week banning schools from teaching “critical race theory.”

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