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Modernization or Memory Hole

Posted By Malcolm A. Kline On February 5, 2010 @ 11:00 am In Faculty Lounge | No Comments

Modernizing history may be the ultimate oxymoron. “He may be the president who governed during the Civil War, freeing the slaves, but under a new curriculum proposal for North Carolina high schools, U.S. history would begin years after President Lincoln, with the presidency of Rutherford B. Hayes in 1877,” Molly Henneberg  reports on Fox News. “State education leaders say this may help students learn about more recent history in greater depth.”

It may but here’s a few chaps such an approach would leave out:

  • Madison
  • Jefferson
  • Adams
  • Washington
  • Franklin
  • Jackson

Also, if they rally want to “help students learn about more recent history in greater depth,” one good text to consult would be Voodoo Anyone? How to Understand Economics Without Really Trying.

Malcolm A. Kline is the Executive Director of Accuracy in Academia [1].


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