Friday, June 12, 2015

The Daily Signal

How the Left Shuts Down Debates: An Interview With Guy Benson - Fox News contributor Guy Benson is the co-author of the new book “End of Discussion.” The Daily Signal interviewed Benson about how the left uses topics like race and bigotry to silence conservatives in debates. You can watch the full 10-minute interview or see Benson’s answers to each question by going to the times in the video listed below:
  • 2:12: Benson addresses what he calls the left’s use of race baiting “dog whistles” to stymie political debate.
  • 4:04: How “End of Discussion” addresses claims that voter ID laws are being used to limit minority voters.
  • 6:12: What should the right do to combat the left’s claims of racial bias when it comes to voter ID laws?
  • 7:48: Benson, who announced he is gay in the book, addresses a chapter called, “Bake Me a Cake Bigots,” and explains why many of those who oppose same-sex marriage shouldn’t be described as bigots (even though he doesn’t agree with their viewpoint) Watch the Interview
Should High School Students Learn Anti-American History? Why the fight over high school history standards matters. The growing battle over the College Board’s Advanced Placement U.S. History (APUSH) framework is being described by Politico and others as the usual scrape over American exceptionalism. It is that to a point, of course. But it is really about national survival. The continuation of self-government and liberty depends on the willingness of citizens to sacrifice for a greater good, which in turn relies on a sound educational grounding on civic virtues. The College Board’s latest framework seems almost intended to rupture these connections.  The College Board is a non-profit organization that for decades has administered advanced placement tests to about half a million high school students. In order to help teachers prepare their charges for the tests, the College Board gives “thematic” guidance. Thus its frameworks.  The current framework, published last fall, has been put together for years by a group of college history professors gathered together by the College Board. And this is what dooms it, in the eyes of many, many critics: The framework, like the Obama administration-supported Common Core, represents another attempt to nationalize education and reflects the reflexive anti-American bias of the faculty lounge ……

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