Returning Patriotic Education To America’s Public Schools

President Donald J. Trump at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C. after signing the Proclamation on September 17, 2020.
-Courtesy Photo by Joyce Boghosian-White House

By Tami Stevenson

Following President Trump’s signing of Constitution Day, Citizenship Day, and Constitution Week 2020 Proclamation on Sept. 17, 2020, last Friday, President Trump appointed 18 members to the President’s Advisory 1776 Commission that he established in an executive order on November 2, to return patriotic education to America’s public schools. Organizations and public schools that receive federal funding will be required to celebrate Constitution Day on September 17.


White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany stated, “As our nation approaches its 250th anniversary of glorious Independence, many of America’s schoolchildren are tragically being taught to hate our founding, hate our history, and hate our country.” She added, “This must stop. The 1776 Commission will help ensure that every American child learns that they live in the greatest and most exceptional nation in the history of the world. That is why it is absolutely vital to teach America’s young people all that is inspiring and unifying in our history.”


The 18 members appointed to the 1776 Commission are: Larry Arnn of Arkansas will serve as chair, Carol Swain of Tennessee will serve as vice-chair, Phil Bryant, Jerry Davis, Michael Farris, Gay Hart Gaines, John Gibbs, Mike Gonzalez, Vincent Haley, Victor Davis Hanson Charles Kesler,  Charlie Kirk, Peter Kirsanow, Thomas Lindsay, Bob McEwen Scott McNealy, Brooke Rollins and Ned Ryun. Other than travel expenses, the members will serve a two year term without compensation.