All Americans Never Take A Course For American History Beyond High School

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Five-sixths of all Americans never take a course in American history beyond High school. What our citizen’s “learn” in high school forms much of what they know about our past as a nation. This information is terrifying, in that what is told through High School history books is often times not true, or is a variation of the truth (Ed Source 2013). The representation of minorities in high school history textbooks is minimal at best, and when there is a representation not only is it not accurate, but also inflicts a larger implication onto our larger society about the institution of education.
In the past three decades, scholars and parents have criticized K-12 history textbooks for their inadequate coverage of important topics as well as for being error-laden and poorly written. They came under additional fire with the publication in 2003 of the Language Police by Diane Ravitch. Anxious not to distress anyone, Ravitch found, textbook publishers do not allow their books to address potentially “offensive” optics that might generate controversy at the time of state adoption hearings (Ravitch 2013). Nor do they allow their books to point out features of other cultures that might lead students to infer that life in America or the West is superior in some way. Indeed, it is only America that can be shown as having an unending history of social strife, political repression, and political inequalities among racial or ethnic groups. As result, students learning from…

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