[Vision2020] RE: our history books

Art Deco aka W. Fox deco at moscow.com
Tue Aug 10 10:05:45 PDT 2004


Perhaps you can provides some specific observations to illustrate your thesis.

There have been a number of books published which seek to demythologize American
History as presented to el-hi schoolers.

I for one would be interested in hearing your concerns.


Wayne A. Fox
waf at moscow.com
PO Box 9421
Moscow, ID 83843
208 882-7975

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Robert Probasco" <rcprobasco at fastmail.fm>
To: "'vision2020'" <vision2020 at moscow.com>
Sent: Tuesday, August 10, 2004 2:48 AM
Subject: [Vision2020] RE: our history books

| -- 
|   Robert Probasco
|   rcprobasco at fastmail.fm
| ----- Original message -----
| From: "Tom Hansen" <thansen at moscow.com>
| [snip]  ... let's study our history books .... [snip]
| If we study only the history books used in American schools, we'll
| continue to be woefully ignorant consumers of the mass media.  The
| sanitized version of history produced by American publishers is
| guaranteed to generate naive questions like, "Why do they hate us?"
| A decade ago, I served on the Moscow public schools textbook selection
| committee for Social Studies.  I was so appalled at the Pablum in those
| books I recommended none be adopted.  Naturally, the chairwoman
| ramrodded her choice through the committee.  Six months later, the
| California school board rejected all submissions from social studies
| publishers as unworthy.
| I would recommend each student acquire a World Almanac so they can
| reference basic facts and dates, then creative assignments would enable
| them to research and recreate historical events.  They would gain an
| appreciation for the complex and contradictory events that led to the
| seminal events in the historical (or is that hysterical?) record.
| Bob Probasco
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