Lies My Textbooks Told Me: Blowing Up Controversy on Three Mile Island


“He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future.” – George Orwell, 1984

Commonly used history textbooks in American classrooms often misrepresent major historical events, and present material based in liberal political ideology rather than factual happenings.
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The Culture and Media Institute has obtained six textbooks commonly used in American classrooms. Three of these textbooks are used to teach 8th graders: Glencoe’s “The American Journey,” Prentice Hall’s “The American Nation,” and Holt, Rinehart, and Winston’s “Call to Freedom: Beginnings to 1877.” The other three textbooks are used to teach 11th graders: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston’s “American Anthem,” Prentice Hall’s “America: Pathways to the Present,” and Prentice Hall’s “A History of the United States.”

These textbooks are used by a majority of the public schools in this country, according to the American Textbook Council, which describes itself as a “non-partisan research organization interested in textbook improvement and review.” In 2003, the director of the American Textbook Council, Gilbert Sewall, testified before the Senate: “Many history textbooks reflect lowered sights for general education. They raise basic questions about sustaining literacy and civic understanding in a democratic polity and culture.”

A careful examination of these textbooks shows that they often display a disregard for basic factual evidence when discussing many major historical events and figures – reflecting the tendency of some historians to interpret history from a liberal political standpoint. CMI will be revealing the results of its investigations into these textbooks in a series of future articles.

Read More: http://www.mrc.org/eye-culture/lies-my-textbooks-told-me-blowing-controversy-three-mile-island

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