Conservative Historian: American Republic at Stake

( – In a rеcent policy brief for the American Enterprise Institute, history professor Wilfred McClay from the renowned Hillsdale College expressed deep concerns about the U.S. education system’s ability to uphold a republican form of government.

McClay underscored the urgency of addressing civic ignorance, a threat that could undermine the very foundations of our democracy. He advocates for legislation mandating robust civics courses in public colleges, believing that such efforts override concerns about academic freedom.

Also, he criticized the education system’s shift towards global citizenship over national and local identity and emphasized the neglect of American civic principles.

The professor highlightеd the importance of state governmеnts and institutions taking responsibility for addressing this challengе while he argued that public institutions should prioritize instilling an appreciation for liberty and democracy.

Despite concerns about academic freedom, McClay stressed the necessity of patriotic education in fostering active democratic participation.

He believes such education equips students with the knowledge and understanding needed to engage in American society fully.

McClay cited legislative efforts in North Carolina and Utah, which aim to mandatе comprehensive civics education in public universities, as positive steps toward addressing the crisis.

A stalled bill in North Carolina, the NC REACH Act, would require “at least three credit hours of instruction in American history or American government in order to graduate from a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina with a baccalaureate degree or a community collegе with an associate degree.”

While legislative solutions are promising, the historian academic acknowledged the need for educational institutions to adapt and innovate to impart civic knowledge effectively.

Moreover, he underlined the collective responsibility of scholars, administrators, and colleges in rectifying civic ignorance and recognized that a one-size-fits-all approach may not be sufficient.

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