AUSTIN – On the subject of American political history, textbooks should endeavor to teach the history of political parties objectively.
But sometimes, textbooks make sure to label certain politicians with their political party and in other places clearly make an effort to avoid connecting other politicians with certain political parties.
Throughout our history, America has had positive and negative leaders in both political parties. Why try to conceal sections of America’s political history?
One example comes from a Discovery Education Social Studies Techbook for high schoolers goes to great lengths to champion President Theodore Roosevelt’s Progressive policies while hiding the fact that he was a Republican.
On the other hand, the textbook makes sure that students know that Presidents Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover were not only Republicans, but corrupt champions of “big business” whose policies engineered “a false prosperity.”
Authored by Ellen R. Wald, Ph.D., executive director of Verity Educate
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