By David Morgan and Merdie Nzanga WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Dozens of Senate Republicans on Friday called on the Biden administration to withdraw what they say is a “divisive” educational proposal that would place greater emphasis on slavery and the contributions of black Americans in civics history and lessons taught in US schools In the latest salvo of a growing culture war over race in America, 39 Republican lawmakers led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Policy proposed by the Department of Education would skew established school curricula toward a “politicized and divisive agenda” fixed on the country’s shortcomings. “Young Americans deserve a rigorous understanding of civics and American history. They need to understand both our successes and our failures,” wrote the Republican senators in a letter to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona dated April 29. The letter was published on Friday. “Americans do not need or want their tax money to be diverted from promoting the principles that unite our nation to promoting radical ideologies designed to divide us.” A spokesman for the US Department of Education said institutions are recognizing America’s “legacy of systemic inequalities” and noted that the department welcomes comments on the proposal until May 19. Lawmakers focused on mentioning the New York Times Pulitzer Prize proposal. winner of Project 1619. The initiative, which traces America’s history from the arrival of the first enslaved Africans to colonial Virginia, was a frequent target of former President Donald Trump, who sought instead to promote “patriotic” education. Tom Cotton, the Republican senator from Arkansas, introduced legislation last June to prohibit the use of federal funds to teach a curriculum linked to Project 1619 in schools. Since then, Republican state lawmakers in Iowa, Mississippi and several other states have introduced similar bills that propose that schools lose state funding to teach the curriculum. “No one is pushing for laws requiring the teaching of Project # 1619, but Republicans across the United States are pushing for laws to require a ‘patriotic’ education and prohibit the teaching of Project # 1619” and about America’s “racist past.” , Niklole Hannah. -Jones, the journalist who created the project, said on Twitter on Friday. The letter released Friday came two days after Senator Tim Scott, the only black Republican in the Senate, declared that “America is not a racist country” in the Republican response to President Joe Biden’s speech to Congress. Scott also defended a new Republican voting law in Georgia that Democrats have denounced as a return to Jim Crow segregation. The proposed policy would support teaching that “reflects the breadth and depth of our nation’s diverse history and the vital role of diversity in our nation’s democracy,” according to a notice posted on a government regulation website. It would encourage schools to adopt projects that incorporate “systemic marginalization, prejudice, inequalities, and discriminatory policies and practices in American history.” The Republican Party, which remains fractured after Trump’s false claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, has tried to brand Biden as a divisive leader controlled by leftists.
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