President Trump announces '1776 Commission' to promote patriotic education

The commission will encourage educators to teach children about American history and make plans to honor the approaching 250th anniversary of our nation's founding.

Updated: September 17, 2020 - 9:12pm

President Trump spoke Thursday afternoon at the White House History Conference and signed the Constitution Day proclamation.

"We are here today to declare that we will never submit to tyranny," Trump said. "We will reclaim our history and our country for citizens of every race, color, religion and creed. The left has warped, distorted and defiled the American story with deceptions, falsehoods and lies." 

He announced he will soon sign an executive order establishing a national commission to promote patriotic education. The 1776 Commission will encourage educators to teach children about American history and will make plans to honor the approaching 250th anniversary of our nation's founding.

"American parents are not going to accept indoctrination in our schools, cancel culture in our work or the repression of traditional faith, culture and values in the public square, not anymore," the president said.

The announcement follows the New York Times' 1619 Project, which began last year with a stated goal to "reframe American history" by placing "the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of the story we tell ourselves about who we are as a country."

Several major U.S. school districts have said they will add the project into their curriculum.  

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