President Trump created a “1776 Commission” to promote “patriotic education” and counter lessons that he says divide Americans on race and slavery and teach students to “hate their own country.”
Right before Election Day, President Trump directed the commission’s creation, through executive order, to help “better enable a rising generation to understand the history and principles of the founding of the United States in 1776 and to strive to form a more perfect Union.”
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The commission will have 20 members and will be appointed by the president. Members will include the secretaries of State, Defense, Interior, Housing and Urban Development, and Education.
The commission is tasked with writing a detailed report on “core principles of the American founding and how these principles may be understood.”
The committee must also help ensure patriotic education is offered to the public at national parks, battlefields, monuments, museums, installations, landmarks, cemeteries and other places that are significant to the Revolution and country’s founding. Agencies will be told to prioritize “the American Founding” in federal grants and initiatives.
Funding will be provided through the Department of Education and subject to the availability of appropriations. Members will serve without compensation.
Sources: The Hill and Newsmax; Photo: The New York Post