Board of Education member wants to teach that America is Great

And we can thank Myers Park Pat for this jewel in the crown:

Several months ago in our discussion about standards, I made a comment from the table about the foundation of our social studies curriculum being anchored in the thought and the premise that America is a great nation.

I really think that a document or a statement underlining that fact that our teachers teaching in the public schools should be making every effort to help our students understand our history as it impacts the socioeconomics, diversity, economic development and future development of this country. It’s important that we undergird that with the idea that we live in a tremendously prosperous land.

One in five school-age children in NC go hungry, and Amy (Bannister) White knows this because she runs a food pantry:

She started Community of Hope in 2004 with an after-school enrichment program to help children improve their reading and math skills. After seeing that many of those children come from families that are struggling to survive, she realized that she needed to do more to meet the needs of their families to help the children.

“I didn’t set out to start a food pantry and summer programs,” says White, whose official title is director of development for Community of Hope Ministries. “But living the lives of those families through working with their children, it became evident that we could do more, there was no other choice but to do more. God has provided resources and partnerships at every step.”

Which is very admirable, but the only reason this is necessary is because our society is grotesquely inequitable. It is "tremendously prosperous," but only for a small fraction of our population. And trying to force teachers to present conclusions they know are false is a bad idea, to put it mildly.

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