Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Texas School Book story cont'd

Today's Times had an interesting collection of letters on the Texas School Book selection story and subsequent controversy.

I thought that this writer made a lot of sense: "Many conservatives are simply unwilling to accept how much the writing and teaching of American history have changed over the last 40 years. They want an American history that ignores or marginalizes African-Americans, women, Latinos, immigrants and popular culture. They prefer a pseudo-patriotic history that denies the fundamental conflicts that have shaped our past.

"Rather than acknowledge that genuine disagreements over interpretation and emphasis are the lifeblood of history, they reduce it all to a cartoonish process of balancing “bias.” This sort of right-wing political correctness impoverishes our students and teachers."

That's just my opinion. Read for yourself.

Go to http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/16/opinion/l16texas.html?scp=3&sq=letters%20to%20the%20editor&st=cse

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