Another Method of Teaching: Conservative College Released ‘The Hillsdale 1776 Curriculum’ Fighting Back Against Critical Race Theory

Report by Paula Antolini, August 24, 2021, 7:48PM EDT

With the ongoing struggle lately, of parents and guardians trying to grasp the exact meaning of Critical Race Theory teaching ideology and struggling in their quest to discover whether or not it is permeating the local schools and indoctrinating their children, this is another viewpoint entirely that the Hillsdale College has embraced.

A Conservative College has released “The Hillsdale 1776 Curriculum” fighting back against Critical Race Theory.

The Hillsdale 1776 Curriculum” determines what students should learn in history and civics based on the answers to a single question: What ideas, words, and deeds have most significantly formed the world into which students were born?  Studying the answers to this question provides students the fullest understanding of the world in which they will live their lives.”

The curriculum is American history and civics materials for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. It takes a more traditional and patriotic approach to teaching American History rather than methods used today which are more critical and normal in primary and secondary grades.

Dr. Larry P. Arnn, President of Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan, describes the curriculum in a welcome letter in this document that runs almost 2,500 pages, and said in part:

This curriculum is a work of education. Education is important to each citizen and to the nation as a whole. The seeds from which a nation’s future grows are planted and nourished in the education and formation of its citizens. Our nation’s founders knew this and articulated it in the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, which states: ‘Religion, morality, and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall ever be encouraged. The ordinance is unequivocal that without appropriate education the government cannot be good and the people cannot be happy. These two are intertwined with one another and stand upon a foundation of good education.‘ “

Arnn said, “The curriculum is the work of teachers rather than officials or bureaucrats; it is informed by experience in the classroom as well as long and loving study of the history and principles of our country; and it seeks to
cultivate in students the knowledge and virtue necessary to live good lives as citizens.”

Content includes:

CONTENT: Engaging an Inheritance
PEDAGOGY: Sharing a Love
SEQUENCE: For the American Student
STRUCTURE: Clarity and Simplicity
USE: The Freedom to Teach
SUCCESS: What Is Needed
GRATITUDE: Real Teachers, Real Classrooms, Real Students

You can download the curriculum from their website here.