One of the NCAA's punishments of Penn State was the vacating of all its football team's wins from 1998 through 2011. It was in 1998 that Penn State coach Joe Paterno and university officials became aware of the accusation that assistant coach Jerry Sandusky had showered with a young boy.
As a result, Penn State's 112 wins are no longer wins, and Joe Paterno is no longer the coach with the most wins in college football history. Instead of 409 victories, his record shows 298.
Before explaining why this decision is morally wrong, I should note that I consider what Jerry Sandusky did to be an indescribable evil. I recognize that Joe Paterno and the university officials enabled this evil to continue. And I do not take issue with the other NCAA punishments of Penn State.
But it is worrisome that there has been virtually no outcry against the terrible wrong committed by the NCAA's rewrite of history.
Unless Joe Paterno and/or Penn State won those 112 games illegally or immorally, they are wins. No amount of wrongdoing by anyone at Penn State allows anyone to change history. This is another example of how the road to hell is paved with good intentions -- in this case, punishing Penn State and teaching everyone how terrible covering up child abuse is.
In our generation, we have seen truth not merely reduced as a value; it has been more or less removed from the list of virtues. History is increasingly what politically correct people want it to be.
In California, the country's largest purchaser of school texts, elementary and high school students, by law, must learn about the contributions to California and America of women, African Americans, Mexican Americans, entrepreneurs, Asian Americans, European Americans, American Indians and labor. This year, the California legislature passed another law -- the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful Education Act -- which mandates teaching the contributions of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people.
That American history is dominated by the contributions of White Anglo-Saxon Protestant males is irrelevant to all those who see history as a feel-good exercise, not the relating of what actually occurred. As the 325,000-member California Teachers Association, which has contributed so mightily to the decline of education in California, said in support of the LGBT bill: "We believe that school curriculum materials should adequately portray the diversity of our society."
In other words, according to California's teachers, the purpose of education is not to teach truth, it is to "adequately portray the diversity of our society."
Dennis Prager is a SRN radio show host, contributing columnist for Townhall.com and author of his newest book, “The Ten Commandments: Still the Best Moral Code.”