JAMES T. HOLLAND

We hear the concern about Critical Race Theory and the sneaky way it’s being introduced into school curriculums. It is a dishonest and deceptive, rewrite of history. It is a biased attempt to brainwash children. This bigoted theory attempts to divide Americans into oppressors and oppressed, where the oppressors are all white people and the oppressed are “people of color.”

I have a different theory, and it’s based on education. I believe that education is the bedrock of freedom and critical to America’s future. America’s founders were all extremely well educated and knew firsthand that an oppressive government destroyed freedom. They designed the “Constitution” to specifically prevent an oppressive government, with a goal of preserving freedom into perpetuity.

Sadly, America’s public education system has failed to teach a true history of America for several decades. As a result, a majority of Americans are unaware of the unique gift that was created by our Founding Fathers. The failure to teach history has left our young people easy prey for corrupt politicians, criminals, and the proponents of Critical Race Theory. There are hundreds of years of world history that serve as examples of why our system of government is the best in all of history. Of course it can be improved, and our founders provided for that too. Students would be surprised to know that slavery and racism have existed since the beginning of tribal warfare...for thousands of years. Even African tribes enslaved other tribes and sold African slaves to other countries. The good and bad of history should be taught without bias and without trying to manipulate thought.

Most people are unaware why Critical Race Theory is being taught. The Democratic Party needs the votes of “people of color” [non-whites] to achieve government power. If Democratic politicians really cared about “people of color,” they would guarantee safe streets in every neighborhood and that all children receive a world class education. Unfortunately, the socialist strategy of “identity politics” doesn’t permit the American Dream for “people of color” because these politicians need angry victims to obtain their votes. Teaching Critical Race Theory actually inflames racism...which is the real goal. Racism does exist, but 80 million white people voted for Barack Obama, which proves that systemic racism does not exist.

America became the greatest country in history because of two founding goals: First and foremost was the goal of individual freedom, and the second was the goal of limited government. The first goal unleashed powerful incentives for individuals to work hard, innovate, and achieve a standard of living that is the envy of the world. The second goal of limited government was intended to protect the freedom of the first goal.

The end of racism should be a goal of all Americans, and a world-class education is one of the solutions. Instead of racism, schools should focus on a basic curriculum that will prepare all students for success and the opportunity to pursue their American Dream.

James T. Holland is a resident of Frederick County.

(46) comments

Mr Incredible

I guess it's too much to ask of liberals to let our kids be kids and to teach them the good things about our country, of which there are plenty, before they start in on the "The Founding Fathers were all ebil white privileged men who owned slaves". Maybe you could let the kids enjoy something about their country and save the multiple points of view for high school or college when their brains are a little more developed and capable of assimilating different viewpoints.

Spock Here

"Imagine being so ashamed of your history that you are afraid to teach it to our children."

Doc Samson

Imagine being so clueless that you don't understand "age appropriate" or "developmentally ready". Perhaps loudspeakers around baby's crib, blaring out every single negative thing about this country until teachers get ahold of them in kindergarten? You know, so they don't get all uppity with any kind of national pride. It really is hard for me to understand the level of low intellect on display here... [rolleyes]

Chris 22602

Most importantly, let’s teach them the truth about the founding of this country. It was stolen from

native Americans because “Christians” thought they were “savages.” That reasoning was used to justify the murder of 12,000,000 human beings. Men, women, and children. THAT is the legacy of America. That is our history. Still proud to be an American?

SJFRAME

Chris; We have to ask - are you proud to be an American and do you love your country? While we respect all views and opinions, we are wondering.....

Chris 22602

I love this country, but I also love God. And my only allegiance is to God. I believe the part of the Bible that says thou shall not kill, so I have a big problem with the tens of thousands of military personnel who have killed civilians, the cops that have killed unarmed black men, and the founders who slaughtered Native Americans to make room for farms to make money for England. I also believe the many parts of the Bible that say we’re not to lie, so I have a problem when people pretend those things didn’t happen and try to revise history in their favor. I believe the part of Philippians that says “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” So I care that non-white and LGBTQA+ people are hurting. I see the truth about our ancestors that the non-white students know but are afraid to say. And I don’t care which bathroom people want to use because trans people are human beings too. And the Bible commands us to judge not lest ye be judged thyself, so its not my place to contemplate or judge them on anything other than their character, which tends to be higher than most Trump supporters I’ve ever met. Trans people may or may not share your religious beliefs which is ok because the Constitution forbids a state religion, which means your radical Christian views are no more important than theirs and you don’t have any constitutional right to demand your religious beliefs be considered more important than theirs. So yeah, I have a lot of problems with America and I point them out because of God’s Golden Rule - do unto others as you would want done to you. So now my question to you: why you so afraid of acknowledging the faults in our country and standing up for the marginalized? What Bible verses do you have to support your hate?

Mr Incredible

The Indians should have had better border control

Blackhorsegirl

Accusations that Chris doesn’t love the United States is ridiculous. No one’s history is pure. We are better people if we live in and accept the honesty of it.

Doc Samson

There is difference between asking a question and making an accusation. Get a Clue.

Chris 22602

Let’s teach the Tulsa massacre, the Tuskegee experiments on black Americans, how Sen. Byrd tried to stop desegregation, let’s talk about the real reason Cuba is in such trouble (because they privatized American owned oil fields), how America created the monster that became known as Osama bin Laden, let’s teach them how America interfered in Brazil’s government in the 60’s, how the CIA formed the Ba’athist government in Iraq, the US occupation of the Dominican Republic, the list goes on and on. The truth is our military is full of evil, cold blooded murderers and this excessive patriotism nonsense is designed to make us forget about the atrocities committed at the hands of what they brainwash our children to believe are “heroes.”

Chris 22602

“ The good and bad of history should be taught without bias and without trying to manipulate thought.” - I agree! So let’s teach them how Columbus fed native children to dogs and raped native women, let’s teach them about the Slaves Jefferson raped, let’s teach them about all the war crimes committed by The American Military like General Jacob H. smith’s “Kill everyone over ten” strategy in the Philippine-American War and hiw GIs collected human body parts as trophies in Japan, let’s talk about the GIs that raped Japanese women in Okinawa, let’s teach the No Gun Ri massacre of South Korean refugees, the My Lao Massacre in Vietnam, and of course the 185,000 murdered civilians in Iraq after Bush lied about weapons of mass distraction.

Doc Samson

I never cease to be amazed at Leftists ability to ignore any and all examples of reality that don't fit their authoritarian narrative. Ignore the teachers who have spoken about having to listen to this tripe in their staff development. Ignore the teachers who brag about pushing this agenda in their curriculum. Ignore the students who speak up about having to listen to this garbage as it's promoted in the classroom. Ignore, ignore, ignore because you, apparently, aren't intellectually or psychologically capable of doing otherwise... [rolleyes]

https://townhall.com/columnists/joyoverbeck/2021/07/19/over-14-million-students-taught-radical-left-propaganda-under-guise-of-no-place-for-hate-n2592704

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YWuD9RwJD4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZwli4WdZmI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pET0JPW6bo

Reality. It has no place in the Prog-Lefties world.

Spock Here

Youtube videos are not "reality" 'doc'.

Doc Samson

Excellent riposte! Dismissal of ALL videos out of hand? Very logical, completely "scientific" and fact based! [rolleyes] To use the term du jour amongst you and yours... disgusting...

Blackhorsegirl

If the best Doc can come up with is YouTube 😂, you know there is no serious argument.

Doc Samson

What does that even mean? So, no clips of literally ANYTHING is real if it's on YT? No instructional videos? No interviews? No information of any sort? You and your ilk are the perfect embodiment of either willfully ignorant or intellectually incompetent. Take your pick...

Spock Here

Yep. Remember, "first-hand evidence", right? I remember the days when quoting an article that happened to be reprinted in "Teen Vogue" sent your nightie into spasms

Blackhorsegirl

Remember, Mr. Spock, several months ago, there was an individual who shrieked stolen elections by providing “proof” off of YouTube videos?

Since there wasn’t a court nationwide who accepted any of the false evidence or non proof, YouTube videos just didn’t pass muster either. 😂

As for Doc’s YouTube videos? You might want to sit down for this, Doc. They lie just like on any social media. Anyone can make a video of themselves lying. 🤥

Doc Samson

My nightie? Peeking on me again? Now, who's creepy! [lol][lol][lol]

Blackhorsegirl

It originally started in law schools as a teaching element to law issues.

It could be years before this filters down to public schools. Our kids will be just fine. As for their parents, that’s another question. The hysteria is nothing but a way to grift more money.

I live in Frederick County. We’ve already received money grabbing letters from idiots in Loudoun County. His money grabbing letter was so bigoted and racist I would have sent it back telling him where to stick it but I would have had to waste a stamp,

Robina5

Very well stated, Mr. Holland. Having served on Clarke's school board for four years, I can attest first-hand to the woefully inadequate instruction of the "basics" - including our country's history - which continues to handicap the students ability to compete successfully in an increasingly competitive world.

Pay no attention to the usual Star Trolls, whose negative, non-factual attitudes try to victimize some, while condemning others, with their sour outlook on life.

Catherine Giovannoni

So-called Critical Race Theory is just the latest in a never-ending list of cultural war grievances that Fox gins up to keep gullible people angry enough to vote against their own self-interests. Meanwhile, Democrats are getting shots in arms, people back to work, schools re-opened, and infrastructure built.

Alsochristie

“Meanwhile, Democrats are getting shots in arms, people back to work, schools re-opened, and infrastructure built,” all of which benefit ALL citizens, despite Republican opposition.

Doc Samson

[lol]

GreaterThanScott

Catherine, in a recent poll 61% of persons who have not been vaccinated reported that they are not Republicans. So your latest DNC talking point doesn't quite add up to the facts. Even considering that Democrats are behind the latest COVID super spreader event with the TX Democrats who travelled to DC to spread COVID among themselves and other DC groups that met with them. Turn your TV from CNN, you are missing some important FACTS

Jonboy3000

CRT is taught in master levels classes in college. It’s not part of the curriculum for Virginia schools or DOE Guidelines. I have yet to see an example where it is being taught in the classroom. I think it’s funny that Mr Holland claims it’s an issue to fire up minority voters in the Democratic Party. I guess he missed last year’s protest and didn’t know that these folks were already motivated. CRT is a red herring to deflect from the fact that the Republican Party has no governing philosophy and only engage in these issues to cover it up. This week the Republicans are balking at the infrastructure deal. They do not want the IRS to have additional funds so they can go after businesses and individuals who cheat and do not pay their taxes. Why would they object to something as common sense as that? In high school in the late 60s and early 70s, I was taught a sanitized version of both American and World History. There was no mention of the Tulsa Massacre or Wounded Knee. In order to make our country better, we need to have a complete account of our country’s past. We can’t move forward without doing so. This isn’t asking students to have a self loathing of themselves but to teach the complete story. When I was in school, they taught a course called Government. It told us about our system of government and how laws are enacted. The schools should teach this class. It’s amazing how people wrap themselves around the Constitutional while being clueless about what it says. Mr Holland doesn’t realize that our teenagers are smart and can walk and chew gum at the same time. They can learn about the un-sanitized true history without detracting from their other subjects.

Spock Here

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Alsochristie

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GreaterThanScott

Then why did Frederick County Schools request $150,000 for a full time position to oversee their Critical Race Theory program??

Blackhorsegirl

They haven’t and aren’t being taught anywhere. Teaching an honest history wouldn’t replace anything.

GreaterThanScott

Ask parents in Loudoun County what their children are being taught regarding Critical Race Theory and what happens when they opposed the radical left School Board in Loudoun County.....

Doc Samson

@Greater - "Ask parents in Loudoun County what their children are being taught..."

Um, sorry but they don't count, didn't you know? The only parents whose voice matters are the ones that follow The Narrative. Anyone else just needs to shut it because... fascism.

TheOneAndOnlyNuri

I wonder if Mr Holland would help me find where critical race theory lessons have replaced traditional core curriculum items...

Alsochristie

He can’t, because it isn’t being taught.

TheOneAndOnlyNuri

Exactly.

Doc Samson

If everyone "helped" you figure the many, many things you can't seem to find or figure out on your own? Well, not enough hours in the day, my friend...

But I posted some info above that you might check out... unless you need help with that, too? [beam]

TheOneAndOnlyNuri

YouTube videos are not the Virginia SOLs. In case you didnt know, the SOLs are the Virginia standards for the curriculum and the basis for lessons in Virginia schools. So if you cant provide chapter and verse from the SOLs, you're just a liar.

It's put-up or shut-up time.

Doc Samson

Again, ignoring actual testimony from parents, teachers, and students is awesomely science and fact based. What, exactly, am I lying about again? Not sure if you know how school actually works, but more is taught than exactly and specifically what is on the SOL's, my friend. [beam]

Doc Samson

[yawn]

TheOneAndOnlyNuri

@doc, so it *is* in the SOLs? Can you send me the section references?

Doc Samson

I can't engage this level of intellectual disability. Have someone "help" you understand what I wrote because you clearly aren't capable of understanding it on your own... [rolleyes]

TheOneAndOnlyNuri

And this is why you will always be nothing. Your laziness is as epic as your cowardice...

GreaterThanScott

David Sovine requested over $150,000 to fund this program in Frederick County Schools so the wheels are in motion to get this radical program taught to our children. It is better to be proactive to stop this nonsense instead of waiting until it has been established in our school system. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers told her union that they would teach this curriculum and the union would fight any school district that opposed them. You liberals really need to get off of CNN, they are stupefying you at an alarming rate.

Doc Samson

@Greater - Yeah BUT apparently only SOL's get taught at school, so Weingarten is clearly a liar. Absolutely nothing else gets taught at any school... EVER! At least, that's what my very smooth brained, yet oddly large craniumed source tells me... [lol]

As for getting off CNN, I think beating heroin addiction has a higher rate of success. And the Prog-Lefties ARE addicted. They only watch or read sources that confirm their bias, and end up thinking everyone but them is a textbook example of the Dunning-Kruger effect. Always with the projection... [rolleyes]

TheOneAndOnlyNuri

Oh, peanut... I have asked you to show your work. Time and time again you manage to fail at the basic rules of debate, namely to be able to show your evidence. I already cast doubt as to the validity of Supervisor Graber's homework evidence, shall I point the finger of shame at you next?

Doc Samson

Peanut?! [lol] Why do you only care about anon-conservatives? Why no "calling out" of fellow Leftists? Oh, that's right... your standards are only the double kind...

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