Perusing High School History Textbooks, Reporter Experienced ‘Deep Regret’

For five months, Dana Goldstein of The New York Times perused 43 middle school and high school American history textbooks to discern their political slants. “For me, at age 35, the experience of reading the books was one of feeling deep regret over what I was not taught in school,” she wrote.

Textbooks from the 1950s and 1960s, which instructed the baby-boom generation, were particularly startling. “Their racism in depicting African-Americans, Chinese immigrants and Mexican-Americans was overt, a reminder of the vastly different history educations received by today’s adults — all of whom, from Generation Z to the Greatest Generation, will be eligible to vote in November 2020.”

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