CA mandates teaching of 'gay accomplishments' to American history students

Social history is a relatively new sub-genre of historical scholarship, dating to the early decades of the 20th century. It is, quite simply, the history of ordinary people which, if examined in the context of events and personalities, reveals a side of history previously hidden by narrative and other forms of historical study. There is nothing wrong with studying history in this manner - as long as we don't lose sight of the Big Picture. Narrative history may be flawed in some respects, but it has the distinct advantage of offering the scholar a broad outline of events in which economics, culture, and politics can be injected to fill out some of the gaps in our knowledge. The trend in the last 30 years of teaching history at the Junior and Senior high level has been for school districts to purchase textbooks that carefully and deliberately highlight the "accomplishments" of minorities, women, and other groups previously ignored. These textbooks are paeans to diversity and...(Read Full Post)