May 26, 2006, - 4:10 pm

Memorial Day Weekend Read: Judge Michael Warren on the Removal of “America” From America

As we honor our fallen troops on Memorial Day, we must ask ourselves something: While freedom of speech is precious, is freedom FROM “America” even more so? Apparently, that’s the case at the Michigan Department of Education, which wants to erase “America” from tests, courses, and virtually everything else in Michigan public schools. This is something not unique to Michigan, but happening in states around the nation–whether it’s textbooks or curricula.
We cannot say enough about the brilliant, frightening, but not surprising op-ed piece about this by Oakland County, Michigan Circuit Court Judge Michael Warren. (Warren was a member of the Michigan Board of Education prior to becoming a Judge. A bright, well-spoken conservative, he’s one of the few good things that is the legacy of former Michigan Gov. John Engler.) Even better, Warren’s column appeared in The Detroit Spews, which has little good in it, these days, unless you consider the Spews’ regular good. And we do not.

Michigan Judge Michael Warren

Here is part of what Judge Warren has to say:

Censoring the word “America” from our own schools is something Josef Stalin, Adolf Hitler and Osama bin Laden would never have thought possible. Michigan has done it without a whimper.
In perhaps a well-intentioned, but pernicious example of political correctness, the Michigan Department of Education is attempting to ban the “America” and “American” from our public schools. Even though the word “America” appears in the department’s own civics and government benchmarks, the department’s style protocol for the Michigan Education Assessment Program requires that “America” and “Americans” be expunged from our testing and grade level expectations. Last week, the department ordered that our hard-working teachers not utter the words.
The Department of Education asserts that “Americans” includes Mexicans, Canadians and others in the Western Hemisphere, so referring to U.S. residents as Americans is inappropriate. In the department’s view, “America” happens to include South, Central and North America. Accordingly, when referring to the colonial period, the state bureaucracy requires teachers to refer to “the colonies of North America” or “North Americans.” After the American Revolution, the nation is called the United States (not of America).


After the American Revolution, the Founding Fathers no longer qualified as North Americans, but apparently the British, Spanish, French and Native Americans did. What people in the United States are to be called after the Revolution is not clear, so long as they are not referred to as Americans.
Although the style protocol does not require educators to change formal titles such as “America the Beautiful,” the students will apparently now believe the song is about a hemisphere and not a nation. The American Revolution is now the North American Revolution. Little did the writers of the Contract with America in 1994 realize that they were making an agreement with Mexico and Canada. The Voice of America obviously is broadcasting the inspirational messages of Brazil and Belize across the globe.
The Michigan Department of Education considers the dictate “internationally friendly.” Why being friendly to an international audience or perspective is important in teaching and learning American history is incomprehensible.
That we would sacrifice our language to the altar of internationalism is a betrayal to the American spirit.

Judge Warren concludes by saying:

The time has come for our Michigan Department of Education to recognize the error of its ways and proclaim that it is teaching about America and Americans in American history and civics. In fact, the department should repent by creating an “American Freedom Curriculum” in which K-12 students learn the principles and history of the greatest nation on earth. Then the department will be worthy of the treasure for which they are responsible.

AMEN! Predictably, after Judge Warren’s piece ran on Wednesday, Michigan Board of Education officials have been back-pedaling and issuing a gazillion different stories and denials on this. Among them is the Michigan Department of Education Social Studies Consultant, Karen Todorov. She verbally told social studies advisory
committee (a committee that is responsible for informing Michigan teachers about what the Department of Education wants done) that “America” and “American” should not be used by teachers.
Now, Todorov and her allies are eating crow. Had Judge Warren not exposed this, instead of crow, all of Michigan’s public school students would be eating–and regurgitating this absurd propaganda (minus “America”). Kudos to him for doing his civic duty, bringing it to the public’s attention, and helping put the kabosh on this absurd and detrimental movement to erase the unique American identity from the minds of Michigan’s kids.
Coming to your state? Or, perhaps, already there?

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11 Responses

This Todorov woman is just the kind of person my grandparents came to this country to get away from. R.I.P. Tailgunner Joe McCarthy, where is he when you need him?

KnightoftheImpaler on May 26, 2006 at 10:45 pm

Does that include “Native American,” since “Indian” is now doubleplusthoughtcrime?

Grant on May 26, 2006 at 11:31 pm

Of course, North and South America were named after an Italian mapmaker. The thought police are going to have to reinvent the English language or make us all speak French. But, French (le or la) is sexist! What to do!?!

Grant on May 26, 2006 at 11:46 pm

If you erase one’s national identity; if you erase one’s national culture; if you erase one’s national language; if you don’t teach the history of one’s country; if you don’t teach the sacrifices of those who made America great, then future generations will have neither the will nor the desire to defend their country.
LIBERALS Hate America!

Thee_Bruno on May 27, 2006 at 12:08 pm

the coming together of the likes of thomas jefferson, alexander hamilton, john jay, sam adams(2), james madison, et al, you know, the usual suspect dead white guys, was not some cosmic accident.
it was providence.
the/their likes will not be seen again.
they created this gift to mankind.
i pray we don’t let them down.

louielouie on May 27, 2006 at 3:33 pm

The liberals give reason to the mossies to point the `decadent` and `weak` finger at the US.

hutchrun on May 28, 2006 at 12:51 am

They are aiders and abettors. It’s Hanoi Jane and the Left all over again.

Thee_Bruno on May 29, 2006 at 3:21 pm

What were they going to call “us” as a group instead? This is what our taxes are paying for?

keitht on May 30, 2006 at 10:47 am

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American History on May 30, 2006 at 10:55 am

I am a LEGAL non immigrant in the US. The absurd levels to which Americans go to be ‘politically correct’ is staggering. It is surprising that Michigan Department of Education Social Studies Consultant, Karen Todorov still continues to be a Consultant instead of being shown the door.

jack on May 30, 2006 at 2:27 pm

What??!!?!?!!. . . . I have just re-connected my Mother’s computer, and I Received this “Spam/Blog?!?” First Of All, I can’t help but be in “shock” to this LIES! This Is My Kuma/GodMother Karen Todorov. Kuma, If You are reading this after the fact,. . . “JA TE VOLIM!” BECAUSE DJEDO RUDY “T” & KUMA “D”DIANA HAS GOT YOUR BACK!

Nichole on January 30, 2011 at 3:54 am

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