Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Is our children learning?

Wow. Thanks to DED space for pointing out this Cynthia Tucker piece on Black History Month:

Dutiful celebrations of Black History Month did not stop last year's decision by a suburban Atlanta school board to continue using a supplemental third-grade history text that claimed Africans were "brought to America to help" work on plantations. Complaints from at least one black parent had no effect.

Indeed, the textbook's distributor, Don Klein, said he didn't "understand the nature" of the parent's complaint. The textbook "is not going to be all-inclusive about anything, including African-Americans. It's a survey book," he said.

Someone should explain to Don the difference between summarizing and lying.


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