I exited Philadelphia on May 30, 2020, with just a small suitcase and the clothes on my back. The city had descended into a raging inferno of looting, rioting, and burning: a violent, Marxist-BLM insurrection that would last for five days and nights. Vandals had defaced my home, and it was time to leave.
Forced to walk over 20 city blocks through concrete barricades, I waited for a cab. Crowds of rioters walked in the opposite direction toward downtown. Armed with baseball bats, lead pipes, and spray paint, they were there to loot and destroy property -- not to protest peacefully.
So-called educated people marched with them, angrily chanting anti-police and anti-American slogans. Educated people with college degrees were spouting hate for our country. You have to hold in a lot of anger and generate so much outrage to be in the streets. It all came from somewhere.
I had spent a decade as a college recruiter who awarded scholarships and built alliances with families and guidance counselors. I told them stories of economic mobility and satisfying careers. I convinced them that a degree from my employer would build character and set them up for success.
Yet, once they arrived on campus, many of them descended into a dark and disconnected world: Endless racial grievances, victimhood and virtue signaling, social justice studies that devalued critical thinking and skill-building. Depression and suicide skyrocketed alongside tuition rates and student loans. I had never felt so alone in this realization, and I could only stand silent amidst the threat of cancel culture.
Then it hit me: Marxist propaganda and the corruption of our education system have damaged the minds of our children and young adults. Critical race theory has made violence justifiable in their minds and actions. Social justice is now part of the business model in modern learning systems. Because of that, we have millions of Americans disconnected from civic responsibilities, financial responsibilities, and family obligations.
However, I realized how one entity connects us all as Americans: The Constitution. The Constitution connects us to our country and its history, our rights, and our responsibilities. It is our answer to the shackles of indoctrination, and we must address it precisely where it starts: education.
Today, I am no longer alone in my thinking. I relocated to Texas and became connected to a like-minded community, quickly building a team of pro-American educators and tech geniuses. I envisioned a parallel institution that would bring pro-American educators into millions of homes across the country like never before. In that spirit, education can no longer indoctrinate. An education with American Scholars will prepare us for a better future.
My story will continue, and so will that of American Scholars. God and the Constitution guide me each day as we hire our faculty, share our lessons, and exercise our rights on the free speech forum. Join me in this movement and write your story of pro-American education.
Our nation's future hangs in the balance, and we cannot do it without you.
Matthew D. Pohl