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During an education roundtable at an Iowa community college, while voicing her support for Common Core standards and criticizing those who disagree with her, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stated: “How did we end up at a point where we are so negative about the most important non-family enterprise in the raising of the next generation, which is how our kids are educated?” Critics wonder if the “it-takes-a-village” candidate actually believes educating children is a not a family matter. At the same time, Clinton also erroneously claimed that the development of Common Core was “non-partisan” and that the initiative wasn’t “politicized.”

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio added the Muslim holidays of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha to the official school calendar and all public schools will now be closed on those days. He said, “We’re here today to make good on a promise to our Muslim brothers and sisters that holiday[s] of supreme importance to the Muslim community will be recognized in our school calendar so that children can honor [them] without missing school.”

The University of California at Irvine student legislative council voted in March that the American flag should be removed from the campus center lounge because it may represent “colonialism and imperialism.” Desiring to foster “cultural inclusivity,” they said the presence of the flag could be “interpreted as hate speech.” A flap quickly ensued, resulting in a veto of the move by the Executive Cabinet of student government. The college’s chancellor stated, “It was outrageous and indefensible that they would question the appropriateness of displaying the American flag on this great campus.” (L.A Times, 3-12-15) The students’ distrust of all things American, including the flag, could be the result of being taught revisionist history.