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    TWO STATES. EIGHT TEXTBOOKS. TWO AMERICAN STORIES.

    American history textbooks can differ across the country, in ways that are shaded by partisan politics.
    Conservatives have fought for schools to promote patriotism, highlight the influence of Christianity and celebrate the founding fathers.
    The left has pushed for students to encounter history more from the ground up than from the top down, with a focus on the experiences of marginalized groups such as enslaved people, women and Native Americans.
    McGraw-Hill, the publisher whose annotated Bill of Rights appears differently in the two states, said it had created the additional wording on the Second Amendment and gun control for the California textbook. A national version of the pages is similar to the Texas edition, which does not call attention to gun rights, the company said in a written statement.
    Critical language about nonwhite cultural movements also appears in a Texas book from McGraw-Hill.
    Still, recent textbooks have come a long way from what was published in past decades. Both Texas and California volumes deal more bluntly with the cruelty of the slave trade, eschewing several myths that were common in textbooks for generations: that some slave owners treated enslaved people kindly and that African-Americans were better off enslaved than free. The books also devote more space to the women’s movement and balance the narrative of European immigration with stories of Latino and Asian immigrants.
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    The weaponization of American history by white Christians from Texas and liberal socialists from California are a blight on our educational system. Sadly, I don't think there's a solution to this that would satisfy everyone.

    Some in the comments of the article are teachers, advocating for a national standard. That would merely lead to the nation's history texts being swung from liberal to conservative at the whims of whatever administration is in power that week. Others advocated for ending the national-scale book publishing schemes and going to regional or even district-wide custom books via digital printing presses. That would only further balkanize education, with particularly left/right districts going over the ledge with their talking points.

    There's a book out there, "Lies My Teacher Taught Me" that really goes into great detail about all the lies our teachers passed along to us. It's worth a read. As a nation, it's a wonder we learn anything at all. Especially when you're stuck with bad teachers who only go by the book and don't bother to broaden their pupils' horizons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Servo View Post
    The weaponization of American history by white Christians from Texas and liberal socialists from California are a blight on our educational system. Sadly, I don't think there's a solution to this that would satisfy everyone.
    Some will be satisfied with home schooling so their kids don't have to be taught leftist propaganda. Their kids can even be taught to be nice to people. And shovel snow for old people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Servo View Post
    The weaponization of American history by white Christians from Texas and liberal socialists from California are a blight on our educational system. Sadly, I don't think there's a solution to this that would satisfy everyone.

    Some in the comments of the article are teachers, advocating for a national standard. That would merely lead to the nation's history texts being swung from liberal to conservative at the whims of whatever administration is in power that week. Others advocated for ending the national-scale book publishing schemes and going to regional or even district-wide custom books via digital printing presses. That would only further balkanize education, with particularly left/right districts going over the ledge with their talking points.

    There's a book out there, "Lies My Teacher Taught Me" that really goes into great detail about all the lies our teachers passed along to us. It's worth a read. As a nation, it's a wonder we learn anything at all. Especially when you're stuck with bad teachers who only go by the book and don't bother to broaden their pupils' horizons.

    Yep. I think I used to own that book. It wasn't until I was a grownup when I learned that Helen Keller was actually a communist who celebrated the revolution in Russia. I think I was a teenager before I found out just how brutal we were toward the Native Americans. For some reason, no school of mine had time to teach about the controversial Vietnam war.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Marva View Post
    Some will be satisfied with home schooling so their kids don't have to be taught leftist propaganda. Their kids can even be taught to be nice to people. And shovel snow for old people.

    The problem is the history is often white washed.

    That doesn't mean tell history from the point of view of always trashing white people. The article also pointed out California's reluctance to call a massacre exactly that since Native Americans did it. Just teach facts. Stop teaching to promote patriotism or to dislike whites. Just teach facts. That's it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lanie View Post
    The problem is the history is often white washed.

    That doesn't mean tell history from the point of view of always trashing white people. The article also pointed out California's reluctance to call a massacre exactly that since Native Americans did it. Just teach facts. Stop teaching to promote patriotism or to dislike whites. Just teach facts. That's it.
    How long should kids stay "in school" learning things that don't matter in the long run?

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