Pity the History Teachers

Pity the History Teachers
(AP Photo/Steve Helber)

As the start of the school year rushes toward us, teachers across America are girding themselves for their new role as essential workers during a persistent pandemic. But one group of teachers has it particularly rough: U.S. history instructors, who must also perform their duties during a full-scale culture war over how to tell the American story, especially on the central issue of race. As tempting as it may be, they shouldn't sidestep controversies or smooth the edges with bland, antiseptic readings. This would lead only to bored, disengaged students, and contribute to our woeful knowledge of our nation's history.

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