Blog > Teaching American History Grant Evaluation: Glenn Beck, the Center for American Progress and “No Evidence”? -Part I
Teaching American History Grant Evaluation: Glenn Beck, the Center for American Progress and “No Evidence”? -Part I


It is fascinating how, much like the study of history itself, the Teaching American History program can be politicized by right and left.  The Center for American Progress (CAP) released a report in April, 2010 that recommended the Teaching American History (TAH) grant program at the Department of Education be eliminated, along with We the People, the Academies for American History and Civics and a number of other small, subject-specific ED grant programs in favor of large scale block grant programs. In August, Fox News talk show host Glenn Beck used the report’s suggested cuts to criticize the CAP on at least two occasions.

Pat Garofalo at ThinkProgress criticized Beck’s comments as hypocritical.  Beck mentioned the CAP report and TAH again the next day:



CAP responded here.

On the other hand, as Media Matters notes, earlier this month Fox News analyst William LaJeunesse criticized the TAH program:
Or how about the Teaching American History program. Here is $120 million to help teachers teach history in “exciting and engaging ways.” There is no evidence it works.
In the next series of posts, we’ll investigate the truth of some of this rhetoric as relates to Teaching American History grant evaluation. We’ve evaluated quite a lot of these grants, and in the next post we’ll tell you why LeJeunesse is wrong.

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