Colleges Twist U.S. History

Jan 10, 2013 | 

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Colleges Twist U.S. History

Jan 10, 2013 | 

Austin, TX (January 10, 2013)—U.S. history courses at American colleges and universities downplay the nation’s economic, military, and political history and dramatically overemphasize the role of race. So finds a new study by the Texas Association of Scholars (TAS) and Center for the Study of the Curriculum at the National Association of Scholars (NAS).  

The study focused on the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M as representative institutions because Texas law requires all students at public universities to take a year of American history and for universities to post course syllabi and faculty credentials online. The researchers found that many important topics received scant attention while more than half the faculty members focused on race, class, and gender (RCG) in their courses.  Among the topics that were often crowded out were America’s diplomatic, philosophical, religious, and scientific history. 

The report, Recasting History: Are Race, Class, and Gender Dominating American History?, finds: 

  • High emphasis on race, class, and gender in reading assignments.
    78 percent of UT faculty members were high assigners of RCG readings;
    50 percent of A&M faculty members were high assigners of RCG readings.
  • An absence of significant primary source documents and key concepts
    Tocqueville’s Democracy in America and the Gettysburg Address, for instance, were rarely assigned, and numerous political documents, such as the Mayflower Compact and Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, were not assigned in any American history courses.
  • High level of race, class, and gender research interests among faculty members teaching these courses.
    78 percent of UT faculty members had special research interests in RCG;
    64 percent of A&M faculty members had special research interests in RCG.

“The failure of these major universities to present a broader picture of the American story shortchanges students,” said Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars. “It also puts at risk the nation’s civic literacy.” 

“The patterns we uncovered at UT and A&M reflect national trends in the discipline. To turn this around history departments must review their curricula, keep broad courses broad, hire less-narrowly-specialized faculty members, and diversify graduate programs.”

The study is available for download at



Peter Wood, President, National Association of Scholars

Robert Koons, President, Texas Association of Scholars

Richard W. Fonte, Author 

Ashley Thorne, Director, NAS Center for the Study of the Curriculum


libertarian jerry

| January 18, 2013 - 1:11 PM

What has happened in American education,both in the Public School arena and in Academia is the onslaught of Cultural Marxism. In order for the Left to influence and eventually take over a society,without the use of armed revolution,it has to control the Media,Academia,Public Opinion,Hollywood and TV. In other words control the information and ideas of the society. The Cultural Marxists called this the long march through the Institutions. The end result has been to deconstruct the society and replace the culture with a collectivist viewpoint. In the area of history this has resulted in what is called Directed History. Thus,to a large extent,we have the dumbing down of the average American student. This creates not a nation of independent minded people who can think for themselves but a nation of sheep.In essence we have an education system that doesn’t teach students how to think but what to think. In other words a nation of citizens that can be controlled and governed.