Written by Sonaak Tara Ahmed, CNN
One of the most alarming, and mystifying, student surveys in American education history was one that collected the thoughts of students attending 12 high schools in Virginia from around the state. It showed that while 60% of students were convinced of the desirability of incorporating race into their academic courses, the students also saw a need for their studies to be focused on historical accuracy, critical thinking, global perspectives and empathy.
A decade later, the case against multiculturalism and its history, apparent from the Virginia survey, continues to point in the same direction as education policy that surrounds it.
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The main element of a new tome, “1619: The Year Virginia Became the First Official State College and the Birth of American Foreign Policy” (W.W. Norton), is to revive an outdated notion of American foreign policy during its first half-century as America’s supreme power.
Washington and Jefferson were the principle founders of the United States and it was they who chose to take an interest in Hampton Roads. The establishment of what is now the College of William and Mary was largely in response to the decline of European colonizing efforts and the rest is American history.