Sen. Marshall Applauds Department of Education’s Decision to Stop Promoting the “1619 Project” and Other Divisive Propaganda

(Washington, D.C., July 20, 2021) – Following pressure from U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, M.D., Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, and colleagues, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona withdrew the Department’s “Proposed Priorities” on American history and civics education.

“The 1619 Project has proved itself full of inaccurate retellings of American history, putting ill-informed, radical advocacy ahead of historical accuracy,” said Senator Marshall. “Our students deserve better, and the federal government should not be promoting revisionist history as part of federal programs supported by the Department of Education. I’m glad to see that the Administration has reconsidered inclusion of this false propaganda in American History and Civics Education programs.”

In April, Senator Marshall joined Senate Republicans in sending a letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona requesting the withdrawal of the Department’s “Proposed Priorities” on American history and civics education. The letter read in part,

“Our nation’s youth do not need activist indoctrination that fixates solely on past flaws and splits our nation into divided camps. Taxpayer-supported programs should emphasize the shared civic virtues that bring us together, not push radical agendas that tear us apart… This is a time to strengthen the teaching of civics and American history in our schools. Instead, your Proposed Priorities double down on divisive, radical, and historically-dubious buzzwords and propaganda…Young Americans deserve a rigorous understanding of civics and American history. They need to understand both our successes and our failures. But acknowledging that America’s journey has been a work in progress throughout our history cannot mean ignoring the tremendous strides we have made together…”

Click HERE for the full text of the letter.