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New study finds American history college courses amplify divisive moments while ignoring positive actions

A new report found higher education fails to teach the basics of American history, instead focusing on the moments that divide Americans while spending little time on prosperity and unity.

“I think to not study that is to not learn how to be an American. And if you have no basic roots, if you have no sense of identity, you then become sort of like a leaf in the wind,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who is one of the commissioners for the study, said in an interview with Fox News Digital. The other commissioners were former Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., and former Gov. Mary Fallin, R-Okla.

The report, directed by Arizona State University (ASU) professor Donald T. Critchlow, shows many introductory American history courses at universities across the country are not conveying basic knowledge to their students.

Critchlow said that even though the Constitution was being discussed in some classes, it wasn’t necessarily being discussed positively.

“I think all of that is going to lead to a public awareness that there is something very sick about our academic system; when you combine the absolute lack of performance in many of our inner city schools with the absolute dishonesty of what’s being taught in many of our best universities,” Gingrich continued. “I think that there will be a very deep public desire to profoundly overhaul the system and get back to one which is both productive and pro-American.”

ASU’s Center for American Institutions launched in 2022 with a mission to “foster and renew respect for foundational American institutions through undergraduate education and public outreach.”

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Joshua Q. Nelson is a reporter for Fox News Digital.

Joshua focuses on politics, education policy ranging from the local to the federal level, and the parental uprising in education.

Joining Fox News Digital in 2019, he previously graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Political Science and is an alum of the National Journalism Center and the Heritage Foundation’s Young Leaders Program. 

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