Trump’s patriotic education ignores hard truths of U.S. history

Straw man arguments are popular because they’re hard to argue against, but it is certainly the case that President Trump’s recent declarations about anti-racism and education are made of straw — they don’t resemble much of anything actually happening in schools or higher education.

According to press conferences, political rally speeches, and the right-wing author who claims to be the inspiration for Trump’s Executive order, critical race theory has infiltrated higher education and corporate America’s efforts at diversity and inclusion. In response, the president has both forbidden certain ideas in any program that receives federal funding and promised to support a K-12 curriculum that counters the so-called damaging perspective of the Pulitzer Prize winning 1619 Project.

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While it is far from clear on how legal or enforceable either of these efforts are given that the federal Department of Education is explicitly

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55 Higher Education Organizations Condemn Trump’s Executive Order on Diversity Training


On Thursday, the American Council on Education and 54 other higher education associations signed a letter condemning President Donald J. Trump’s Sept. 22 executive order prohibiting diversity training for all federal contractors and grant recipients, including colleges and universities.

Signers of the letter include the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Common App, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the Phi Beta Kappa Society and others.

President Donald J. Trump

The executive order seeks to ban training materials “rooted in the pernicious and false belief that America is an irredeemably racist and sexist country; that some people, simply on account of their race or sex, are oppressors.”

The letter accuses the president of causing “concern, confusion, and uncertainty for federal contractors and grant recipients across the country” because of the executive order’s “timing, content, and discordant tone.” It also argues that the prohibition goes against

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Want to fight racism? That makes you ‘un-American’ in Trump’s book

Watch out Seattle.

There is a totalitarian, cult indoctrination under way to promote toxic propaganda, through anti-American re-education camps. 

What is this insidious force? Anti-racism training and education.

Yes, the latest target in the Trump administration’s culture war is attacking previously obscure academic disciplines like critical race theory and trainings designed to unpack and dismantle our country’s legacy of racism. 

The topic even came up at the debate, with the president saying anti-racist trainings lead people to “hate our country.” 

It may sound like just another rhetorical volley to rally the base, but it’s become much more than that. In late August, the U.S. Department of Justice took aim at the “anarchist jurisdiction” of Seattle’s racial justice training led by the Seattle Office for Civil Rights, questioning whether it violated civil rights. 

Then in early September, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) sent out a memo to instruct

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How Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis impacts journalism education

Plus a journalism professor on ‘The Bachelorette’ and examples of great journalism to share with your students

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For this newsletter to be in your inboxes by Sunday morning, I need to finish it Friday morning. Like many of us, I woke up Friday morning to the news of President Donald Trump testing positive for COVID-19.

In light of this developing story, I’m shifting gears away from what I had planned (tips for student journalists covering election night/week) since there are now new questions about the next few weeks. I strongly encourage that at least for the month of October, you and your students to subscribe to the Poynter newsletters from my colleagues Tom Jones and Al Tompkins — they offer daily

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Trump’s push for ‘patriotic education’ ignores the complexity of our national story

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History is not about exceptionalism. It is about confronting the past to help inform the present. Individuals who only wish to espouse an exceptionalism narrative are ignoring a fundamental truth that must be shared: There are always victims as well as victors, and decisions have consequences.

History also is not simple or straightforward. To argue otherwise is not to fully understand it. The recent call by the Trump administration to counter what he called “the crusade against American history” by pushing “patriotic education” is an example of the oversimplification of our understanding of the past. As the late historian J.M. Roberts famously argued, “History is the story of mankind, of what it has done, suffered, and enjoyed.”

I have spent my career teaching introductory courses to university students in the history of the United States, Europe, Africa, and the world. Students often come to the classroom with a

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What Texas lawmakers are saying about Trump’s COVID diagnosis

WASHINGTON — Texans were sending out prayers and jeers in equal measure after President Donald Trump announced he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19.



a man and a woman holding a sign: An artist from Gurukul art school paints a poster carrying a message for U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania in Mumbai, India, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. President Trump said early Friday that he and first lady Melania have tested positive for the coronavirus, a stunning announcement that plunges the country deeper into uncertainty just a month before the presidential election. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)


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An artist from Gurukul art school paints a poster carrying a message for U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania in Mumbai, India, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. President Trump said early Friday that he and first lady Melania have tested positive for the coronavirus, a stunning announcement that plunges the country deeper into uncertainty just a month before the presidential election. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)


“I hope this is a wake up call that this virus is not a hoax or something cured by injecting bleach,” Julián Castro, the former San Antonio mayor and U.S. Housing and Urban Development secretary, tweeted after wishing the president well. “We need a plan, not the same divisive, dangerous

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Debate should never have happened due to Trump’s “mental health”



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U.S. President Donald Trump participates in the first presidential debate against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at the Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University on September 29, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. Win McNamee/Getty Images

A Yale psychiatrist who has repeatedly raised questions about President Trump’s mental health argued that Tuesday’s debate against Joe Biden should never have been allowed to go forward.

Dr. Bandy X. Lee, a forensic psychiatrist at Yale School of Medicine and the president of the World Mental Health Coalition, said in an interview with Salon that Trump lacked the basic “mental health” to participate in a presidential debate.

Trump derailed the debate throughout the entire 90 minutes, repeatedly refusing to comply with the rules his campaign had agreed to and incessantly heckling his opponent. The event was universally panned as a “sh*tshow” and “a hot mess inside

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Here’s the reality behind Trump’s claims about mail voting

President Trump in the first presidential debate at the Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump continued his assault on the integrity of the U.S. elections during the first presidential debate Tuesday, spreading falsehoods about the security of voting and misrepresenting issues with mail ballots.

In the final segment of the contentious debate between Trump and Democrat Joe Biden, Trump launched into an extended argument against mail voting, claiming without evidence that it is ripe for fraud and suggesting mail ballots may be “manipulated.”

“This is going to be a fraud like you’ve never seen,” the president said of the massive shift to mail voting prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump’s riff was

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Oxford, Moody’s: Biden’s Economic Plan Would Create More Jobs, Growth Versus Trump’s

As the presidential election approaches, investors are likely sharpening their focus on the potential economic outlook under either President Trump or Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

President Trump hasn’t actually spelled out a specific economic plan, and the Republican party chose not to write a platform at its nominating convention. Likely, Trump would advocate for a payroll tax cut, but that’s unlikely to pass Congress due to its effect on Social Security funding.

Biden’s plan is much bigger and more detailed, and therefore, able to be analyzed. To that end, research group Oxford Economics and debt-rating agency Moody’s (NYSE:MCO) recently performed analyses of Biden’s plan, and both organizations believe it would create significantly more jobs and economic growth than the current trajectory — even in a more stripped-down form more likely to pass the Senate.

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Oxford Economics and Moody’s believe Biden’s economic plan would boost growth. Image source: Getty Images.

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Biden’s education plan would help yield a stronger economy versus Trump’s

Joe Biden’s plans for education would dent the U.S. budget — especially compared with President Donald Trump’s — but the spending would be a key factor in boosting the economy even more, according to a new analysis from Moody’s Analytics.

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“Biden and Trump are night and day on their commitment to supporting education,” Mark Zandi, Moody’s chief economist, told Yahoo Finance. “Biden is all in on it and Trump is AWOL.”

Zandi and Bernard Yaros, another Moody’s economist, quantified the economic impact of four scenarios where Trump became president, with and without a Republican-controlled Congress, as well as a Biden administration, with and without a Democrat-controlled Congress. 

A Democratic sweep, followed by government spending just for Biden’s education plans alone, would cause a budget deficit of $636.3 billion between 2021 and 2024, the analysts calculated. A Trump administration would save the government $52.2 billion between the same period.

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