The Dartmouth Observer
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.