Headline RoundupSeptember 17th, 2020

Trump to Implement 'Patriotic Education', Criticizes 1619 Project

Summary from the AllSides News Team

President Donald Trump said at the National Archives Museum Thursday he would sign an executive order called the 1776 Commission to promote "patriotic education." In the same speech, he criticized the 1619 Project, a < ahref="https://www.allsides.com/news-source/new-york-times" target="_blank">New York Times project exploring the legacy of slavery and racial injustice for black Americans, calling the project and critical race theory "toxic propaganda and ideological poison." Earlier this month, Trump tweeted he would cut federal funding for California schools if they taught the 1619 Project. Trump said the 1776 Commission will encourage educators to teach children about “the miracle of American history". His remarks come after Education Secretary Betsy DeVos praised the "1776 Unites Curriculum," a different approach to black American history. Coverage from the right tended to focus on the 1776 Commission, often framing it as "promoting patriotic education". Coverage from left- and center rated outlets tended to focus on Trump's criticism of the 1619 Project and critical race theory; some framed the 1776 Project as a "rewrite of history", and others framed it as "an appeal to white voters."

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