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Tuesday, July 12, 2005
History is not therapy

Left2Right's James Oakes draws some parallels between Lynne Cheney's call for a less multicultural History curriculum and the Philadelphia school system's tilt in the opposite direction. Writes Oakes:
Both demand the impressment of history into the service of ideology. Confusing history with propaganda, both forsake history as a critical discipline. And both establish a bogus psychological standard for measuring the validity of any particular historical inquiry. If it makes students feel good–about their country or about themselves, it make no difference–it's doing the job.
A good point, and one that can't be repeated too often.