George Washington University made national news earlier in the week for a change in its history department. Following a recent trend, school officials have decided to no longer require history majors to take American History before graduating, making it optional. Currently, only a third of colleges make American History mandatory for those who major in this field. Yet, it seems strange for an institution named after the first president of the United States to not stress and treasure American History.
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope, Romans 15:4.
Upon hearing this news, an outsider like me was initially put off until I realized who is teaching these classes. To the atheist, liberal, progressive and socialist professors, the thought of American exceptionalism is offending. Subsequently, the curriculum must be filtered, eliminating and skipping over content which reveals a Christian heritage and biblical principles. Instead of getting the whole story, a revisionist history void of spiritual leaders is giving students a false narrative making American History just another class.
By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible, Hebrews 11:3.
Unfortunately, most college students graduate from universities thinking America’s founding fathers were a bunch of hypocritical slave owners. If only material like Steeling the Mind of America was used to enlighten classes. When individuals see American History that is unfiltered first hand, the outcome will be much different. Most forget a time when this country celebrated 4 national religious holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and Independence Day. While a different narrative is winning over naive minds, you can’t hide from history when you search for the truth.
by Jay Mankus