Congressional Resolution in Support of History





Dr. Craig is the director of the National Coordinating Committee for the Promotion of History (nccph.org).

On October 1, 2002 the House of Representatives passed a Concurrent Resolution (H. Con. Res. 451), "Recognizing the importance of teaching United States history and civics in elementary and secondary schools." The measure exemplifies the importance of putting a greater emphasis on history and civic education in classroom curriculums, in order to promote a greater understanding of the United States history, to produce more learned citizens, and set a foundation for a "better understanding of [one's] roles and responsibilities as citizens of the United States and the global community." In addition, the bill's sponsors hope early history education will "develop throughout a student's entire educational career and beyond," increasing the general public's political efficacy, and decreasing political cynicism and apathy toward the U.S. government.

In the resolution, Congress expressed concern over the lack of basic understanding of U.S. history among students at all levels. Citing the steady decline of 4th, 8th, and 12th graders National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) history test results, resolution co-sponsors Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Tom Osborne (R-NE) attributed the deteriorating NAEP scores to "the lack of emphasis in schools on teaching of history, particularly U.S. history and U.S. government ... and an increasing cynicism on the part of the general public in regard to the political process."

According to the resolution, "without a common understanding of the remarkable individuals, events, and ideals that have shaped the Nation, people in the United States risk losing much of what it means to be an American, as well as the ability to fulfill the fundamental responsibilities of citizens in a democracy." To counter this situation, the Resolution states that Congress supports efforts to promote education in U.S. history and to that ensure U.S. students graduate from high school with a significant understanding of U.S. history and civics.

For the Resolution, tap into: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d107:HC00451:@@@L&summ2=m&


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Jennifer Schroeder - 11/15/2002

After extensive research of California's textbooks, I am heartened to hear that something is to be done about our deplorable social studies agenda.

I pray that attention is also given to state standards which applaud "critical thinking." California State standards definition: “The skills involved in critical thinking enable students to question the validity and meaning of what they read, hear, think, and believe. Critical thinking requires a questioning mind and a skeptical withholding of assent about the truth of a statement until it can be critically evaluated....the history–social science classroom is an especially appropriate setting for developing such skills.”

California goes on to encourage teachers and textbooks to study religion in the "history social science classroom" thereby giving educators full license to skeptically review faith.

America is all about religious freedom. I have been grieved beyond comprehension and wept bitterly over what our children are being forced to read in California, under the guise of "culture". When I asked for my son to be opted out, I was told my only option was to homeschool.

I love all children and I love the Lord. That the Rock which this nation has been formed on has been so visciously maligned and spat upon has caused many mothers of faith to weep. Our religious freedom is trampled, our patriotic spirit is doused, and the souls of society's children are precariously in the balance.

Our sons and daughters have fought and died for freedom. It is incomprehensible to me that their precious sacrifices are thrown aside as parents who cannot afford to stay home and homeschool are forced to submit their children to the onslaught of atheism and worship of other gods. I pray the House addresses all of these issues, and swiftly, before the next generation comes to bear the fruit we are feeding them.

Jennifer Schroeder
http://www.blessedcause.org


Jennifer Schroeder - 11/15/2002

After extensive research of California's textbooks, I am heartened to hear that something is to be done about our deplorable social studies agenda.

I pray that attention is also given to state standards which applaud "critical thinking." California state standards state: “The skills involved in critical thinking enable students to question the validity and meaning of what they read, hear, think, and believe. Critical thinking requires a questioning mind and a skeptical withholding of assent about the truth of a statement until it can be critically evaluated....the history–social science classroom is an especially appropriate setting for developing such skills.”

California goes on to encourage teachers and textbooks to study religion in the "history social science classroom" thereby giving educators full license to skeptically review faith.

America is all about religious freedom. I have been grieved beyond comprehension and wept bitterly over what our children are being forced to read in California, under the guise of "culture". When I asked for my son to be opted out, I was told my only option was to homeschool.

I love all children and I love the Lord. That the Rock which this nation has been formed on has been so visciously maligned and spat upon has caused many mothers of faith to weep. Our religious freedom is trampled, our patriotic spirit is doused, and the souls of society's children are precariously in the balance.

Our sons and daughters have fought and died for freedom. It is incomprehensible to me that their precious sacrifices are thrown aside as parents who cannot afford to stay home and homeschool are forced to submit their children to the onslaught of atheism and worship of other gods. I pray the House addresses all of these issues, and swiftly, before the next generation comes to bear the fruit we are feeding them.

Jennifer Schroeder
httm://www.blessedcause.org


Ronald Best - 10/26/2002

I find it ironic that the U. S. House of Representatives releases a report on the sorry state of the teaching of history in our schools on the very day that Michael Bellesiles resigns.

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