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C of O president appointed to White House commission

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College of the Ozarks President Jerry Davis was appointed to a White House commission on patriotic education.

Davis is slated to serve a two-year term on the President’s Advisory 1776 Commission, according to a news release.

In a Nov. 2 executive order forming the commission, President Donald Trump said the goal is to ward off "authoritarian visions of government and society" that "could become increasingly alluring alternatives to self-government based on the consent of the people."

The commission would work to provide K-12 American history curriculum to meet that goal, Trump added, noting the plan would “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.” Also

“The best way to preserve the story of America’s founding principles is to live it in action by local communities reasserting control of how children receive patriotic education in their schools,” Trump said in the order.

The order also notes the Trump administration’s rejection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative on what children should know at the conclusion of each school grade.

Davis is the only appointee from Missouri out of 18 announced by Trump on Friday. The commission is slated to be led by Chairperson Larry Arnn, of Arkansas, and Vice Chairperson Carol Swain, of Tennessee.

"Some in our nation seek to erase any distinct sense of American identity or American exceptionalism from our hearts, minds and history books," Davis said in the release. "Without patriotic education, historic American values and virtues will cease to exist in America’s youth.”

Forbes reports the President’s Advisory 1776 Commission executive order was, in part, a response to the 1619 Project, a report from The New York Times that sheds light on how slavery shaped American society. Some historians and academics have claimed factual errors in the reporting.


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