Hillsdale College plans to open charter schools to fight back against lessons on gender and race

Gov. Bill Lee (pictured) said he sees the new Charter School expansion as part of an effort to develop what he called “informed patriotism” in Tennessee students

Tennessee’s governor has invited a private conservative college to open 50 charter schools whose anti-wake curriculum will teach students that America is “an exceptionally good country.”

Gov. Bill Lee, a Republican, said Hillsdale College, which is based in Michigan, could open the schools with public funds, including $32 million earmarked for charter facilities New York Times reported.

Hillsdale College, which has strong ties to former President Donald Trump, developed the “1776 Curriculum” and seeks to expand its network of charter schools with the curriculum, which focuses on “the centrality of the Western tradition.”

This syllabus — which runs 2,400 pages — was created in response to the New York Times 1619 Project, which depicts the founding of the United States through the eyes of slaves, and was blasted for several inaccuracies.

“For decades, Hillsdale College has been the poster child for quality curriculum and a responsibility to uphold American liberty,” Lee recently told lawmakers. “I think their efforts go well with Tennessee.”

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee invited Hillsdale College (pictured), a private conservative school in Michigan, to open 50 charter schools with public funds, including $32 million earmarked for charters

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee invited Hillsdale College (pictured), a private conservative school in Michigan, to open 50 charter schools with public funds, including $32 million earmarked for charters

A map shows Hillsdale Classic Schools nationwide, not including the proposed 50 schools that Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has invited Hillsdale to open with public funds

A map shows Hillsdale Classic Schools nationwide, not including the proposed 50 schools that Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has invited Hillsdale to open with public funds

The college’s “1776 syllabus” is currently used in its two dozen member schools in about 13 states, plus several dozen others across the country, according to its website.

It comes as battles continue to rage across the US over what is taught in public schools. Many parents have been outraged by the push for divisive “justice” lessons based on the tenets of critical race theory, which opponents say is divisive and teaches white children that they are “oppressors.”

Florida also enacted the Parental Rights in Education Bill — the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law in response to reports from teachers encouraging kids confused about their gender identity to hide it from their parents and even use it in Moving toward medicine Treatment of transgender people.

Hillsdale has been criticized for its curriculum, which puts a twist on American history and offers a negative view of the New Deal and global warming.

But for many Republican leaders, Hillsdale is a “shining city on a hill” because of its commitment to “liberty as a precursor of government, not as a benefit of government,” Justice Clarence Thomas said in his 2016 inaugural address.

Donald Trump and Mike Pence have both spoken at Michigan College, which has an outsized influence on US conservatives.

Gov. Lee said he views his new charter school expansion as part of an effort to develop what he called “informed patriotism” among Tennessee students, according to The New York Times.

The Times reported that Lee envisions expansion into suburban and rural areas where, like many charter schools in Hillsdale, they would most likely enroll children who are whiter and more affluent than the average charter student.

Atlanta Classical Academy, one of Hillsdale’s schools, has some of the highest scores among Georgia schools, the Times reported.

It focuses on traditional “Western” subjects, including Latin and phonetics.

But the schools’ racial demographics are the complete opposite of public schools, where 73 percent of public school students are black and 17 percent are white. However, according to a 2020 state report, the Atlanta Classical Academy is 17 percent black and 71 percent white.

“They’re aimed at white families and wealthy families,” said Charisse Gulosino, an associate professor of leadership and policy studies at the University of Memphis, whose research has found that students in suburban charter schools do not outperform their peers in public schools.

Hillsdale, founded by abolitionists in 1844, accepts no state or federal funding, including student grants or loans.

The Times reported that the move allowed the school to “avoid some government oversight, such as B. Compliance with the federal provisions of Title IX governing sexual discrimination.”

Instead, the school relies in part on donations from conservative benefactors fueled by aggressive fundraising campaigns, the Times reported, including on Rush Limbaugh’s radio program before his death and Hillsdale’s widely shared synopsis, Imprimis, including a 2017 article, in The Russian President Vladimir V. Putin has been called “a hero of populist conservatives around the world”.

Hillsdale President Larry P. Arnn outlined his vision for expansion in a speech last year -- including plans for a new master's program to train traditional education teachers, a home school division, online students and learning centers

Hillsdale President Larry P. Arnn outlined his vision for expansion in a speech last year — including plans for a new master’s program to train traditional education teachers, a home school division, online students and learning centers

Hillsdale College is a private school in southern Michigan that promotes conservative Christian values ​​and has close ties with former President Donald Trump

Hillsdale College is a private school in southern Michigan that promotes conservative Christian values ​​and has close ties with former President Donald Trump

Hillsdale President Larry P. Arnn and his daughter, Kathleen O’Toole, who directs the Charter School initiative, declined interviews with the Times.

But in a speech last year, Dr. Arnn shared his vision for expansion – including plans for a new master’s program to train traditional education teachers, a home school department, online students and learning centers.

“It’s a great adventure,” he said.

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