I recently read some troubling statistics that I thought you would want to know about. They show how desperately our young people in this country need a history lesson.
According to the National Assessment of Education, only 18% of American high schoolers are proficient in U.S. history. So it’s no surprise that, according to the Pew Research Center, only 32% of Millennials think America is the greatest country in the world. Given that Millennials recently surpassed Baby Boomers as America’s largest generation, this statistic is troubling for the future of our country.
This didn’t happen by accident.
Progressives who opposed the ideas of limited government and individual rights began a concerted effort over a century ago to take over America’s schools and universities. Since the late 1960s, to the extent young Americans have learned anything about our country’s history, it is more likely than not to be about its faults.
This is why it’s more important than ever for Americans to hear the true story of their country. And it’s why Hillsdale College is offering a free online course, “American Heritage,” and promoting it nationally using talk radio, digital marketing, and more. Now every American can learn about our nation’s beginnings, and about how and why we quickly grew to become the freest and most prosperous nation in history.
Over 130,000 students have already enrolled in this course, but it has just been updated with new lectures, Q&As, and more. I encourage you to take this course yourself, and to share it with your friends and family. It’s time that we as a people rally around our great history. Our freedom depends on it.
Activate your free “American Heritage” course now »
Larry P. Arnn
President, Hillsdale College