Nice stories about "historical" events--the first Thanksgiving, George Washington and the cherry tree, Pat Tillman's inspiring demise, etc.--serve to teach very simple "truths."
But we live in a complex and nuanced world, and our students are quite capable of exploring the messiness of that world. We have the responsibility to help them develop a kit of critical tools to make sense of what is going on around them.
Your links to the NY Times article on the Texas State Textbook Committee and to James Loewen's "Lies My Teacher Told Me" will help educators to begin to expand their repertoire for nutruring curious, critically thinking, well-educated learners. Thanks.
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