Education Indoctrination in Virginia: Continued

Education Indoctrination in Virginia: Continued. The Virginia Board of Education posted the History and Social Studies Standards of Learning (SOLs) for comment. The 402 page document establishes what will be taught K-12 in Virginia Public Schools. The subject matter is covered well, but skewed with a focus on race, class, and gender. Significant omissions and errors indicate the SOLs need to be revised. We’ll see if the Board of Education makes fixes for education or stays with politically correctness for indoctrination.

Part 2 of 2 of comments on the SOLs.

  • Understandings. Add “The Indigenous Peoples were a Neolithic society. They were are a similar point in civilization as European, Arabic, Indian, Chinese, and Japanese societies were from the end of the last Ice Age in 10,000 BC to the beginning of the Ancient Age in 4-3,000 BC.”
  • “Why is it important to Virginia and its Indigenous community for state and federal recognition of its First People?” This is a current political question, not a historical question. It could be re-worded, “Why should people groups that assimilated into the cultural melting pot of American Civilization and the Commonwealth of Virginia 300 years ago be given special rights and privileges based on their birth and ethnicity?
  • Add. Explain why conflict between Indigenous Peoples and the English began in 1608. Explain how the Indigenous People massacres of English colonists in 1622 and 1642 changed relationships.
  • “In 1619, free people who lived in the Angolan region of West Central Africa were forcibly captured by forcibly captured and sold as slaves by African tribes to Portuguese soldiers and brought to Old Point Comfort in Virginia against their will.”
  • “At that time, only certain free adult men had the right to take part.” Add, This “franchise” was the most inclusive and widespread of any place on earth at the time equaled only, perhaps, by the Swiss Cantons and Afrikaners in South Africa. The first general assembly met in the church at Jamestown.
  • “The culture of colonial Virginia reflected the beliefs, customs, and architecture of the Europeans, Africans, and American Indians living there” English branch of Western Civilization. Africans and Indigenous peoples added to the culture to make it uniquely “Virginia.”
  • Examine and explain the role of John Muhlenberg and the Black Robed Regiment in the Revolution.
  • “evaluating the experiences of Indigenous Peoples, Whites, and enslaved and free Blacks.” Capitalize or not – whites and blacks.
  • “Cultural, economic, and constitutional differences between the Northern and the Southern states based in slavery eventually resulted in the secession of southern states following the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860.” All the Southern states which still had slavery in 1861 did not secede. All the states had slavery in 1776. One by one, states and territories ended the state right of chattel slavery.
  • Virginians were divided about secession from the Union, which led to the creation of West Virginia. False. In the second plebiscite on secession, conducted after Lincoln ordered Virginia to muster militia to attack South Carolina, 23 of the 45 counties that make up West Virginia voted for secession. 22 counties voted against secession. The outline of the 50 counties that make up the un-Constitutional formation of a new state are merely the shape of occupying Union forces.
  • Understandings. Add More Virginians died fighting to defend Virginia from invading armies, when Virginia’s population was much smaller, than in all the wars and conflicts in Virginia’s history combined. The war was devasting to Virginia.
  • What are the different names for the war of 1861-1865?
  • Understandings. Add. The first legal slave owner for the whole life of a slave was a black former slave turned slave owner, Anthony Johnson.
  • Add. The first country on earth to outlaw slavery was the United Kingdom. The British and US Navies enforced bans on slave trade.
  • Supporting Questions. Add. Why were Baptists and Quakers persecuted in Colonial Virginia?
  • “The Bill of Rights and additional amendments allow the Constitution to be a “living document” written document which can be changed.” Living document is a contentious political concept.
  • Supporting Questions. Add. All states had slavery in 1776. What was the progression of states that ended slavery? Which Northern states and territories limited Black immigration or restricted the rights of citizenship to Blacks before and after the Civil War?
  • Add. Why do today’s military historians and professionals study the Seven Days Battles, Jackson’s Valley Campaign, and the Army of Northern Virginia’s battlefield victories while outnumbered?
  • Add. Why wasn’t Union General Sheridan’s burning of the Shenandoah Valley punished as a war crime?
  • Add. How did the pioneers from the first conflict with Indigenous People in 1608 until the last fight in 1890 demonstrate perseverance and resilience against Indigenous attacks and massacres?
  • “Despite the significant challenges faced during the Jim Crow Era, African Americans still made the greatest social, educational, and economic advances in the shortest time in human history.”
  • Add. How did Federal and State spending, regulation and intervention into the economy extend the Great Depression? Compare the Great Depression
  • “Overarching Inquiry. Why can’t we have everything we need and want?” How does our economy work?
  • Why Is the Federal Reserve System necessary?” Add. What could be alternatives to the Federal Reserve System?
  • “How does the government protect consumer and property rights?” How does government interfere with consumer choices and over-regulate against property rights?
  • “Christianity, led by based on Jesus of Nazareth, was rooted in Judaism”
  • “The revelations to Muhammad reported form the basis of the Islamic religion, a monotheistic faith.”
  • “How was the Middle Ages defined by a quest for power” and as a reaction to the barbarian and Islamic invasions?
  • “The Crusades were a series of conflicts strategic counter-offensives over the city of Jerusalem that left a legacy of bitterness among Christians, Jews, and Muslims.
  • “The French Revolution left a powerful legacy for world history: secular society, nationalism, and democratic ideas” as well as Human Secular Totalitarianism and accompanied deadly, murderous repression.
  • “Cultural, economic, and constitutional differences between the North and the South—all based in slavery, and eventually resulted in the Civil War.”
  • “A new wave of economic expansion and migration in the North and West resulted from the Civil War era while the South maintained an impoverished agricultural economy” devasted by war and Reconstruction for 3 generations.
  • “The Great Depression was caused by severe weaknesses in the nation’s agricultural, financial, and industrial sectors, resulting in widespread hardships.” Add. Government responses, regulations, and intervention in the economy lengthened and worsened the Depression.
  • Latinx” Hispanics
  • “The Constitution of the United States is based on fundamental principles that can be found in the writings of philosophers during the Age of Enlightenment” and the King James Bible.

We’ll see what happens.

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