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Since The American Mind began nearly two years ago, we have consistently warned of the regime-level crisis caused by the corruption of the content of American education. The recent riots and the ongoing cultural revolution fomented by identity politics has helped prove our point. It is now clearer to Americans that if we do not change course, decades of anti-American propaganda and identitarian teaching in our schools will result in a fundamental overthrow of our system of government.  Just two weeks ago the Trump administration hosted—to our great shock—the very first White House Conference on American History. Our surprise, to be clear, lay not in the fact that such a thing would take place during this particular presidency, but that it had hitherto in the storied chapters of our national tale remained undreamt of. Or maybe it had been thought of but quickly set aside. After all, to give an account of one’s history, to evaluate it honestly and publicly, makes very clear the values and vision an administration has for the country. It’s different, for instance, than intoning platitudes. Remarking—always with a face of concern—that what the country needs now is hope and change is intellectually vacuous. So, in a different way, is facile talk of “a shining city on a hill” if it comes without specifics. It’s praiseworthy, but not programmatic. So we could sense something exciting and novel was taking place when President Trump began, in the first full paragraph of his opening remarks, with the following words:

Our mission is to defend the legacy of America’s founding, the virtue of America’s heroes, and the nobility of the American character. We must clear away the twisted web of lies in our schools and classrooms, and teach our children the magnificent truth about our country. We want our sons and daughters to know that they are the citizens of the most exceptional nation in the history of the world:snip:

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