Whose History? : The Struggle for National Standards in American Classrooms

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-04-01
  • Publisher: Teachers College Pr

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In the 1990s the debate over what history -- and more importantly whose history -- should be taught in American schools resonated through the halls of Congress, the national press, and the nation's schools. Politicians such as Lynne Cheney, Newt Gingrich, and Senator Slade Gorton, and pundits such as Rush Limbaugh, John Leo, and Charles Krauthammer fiercely denounced the findings of the National Standards for History which, subsequently, became a major battleground in the nation's ongoing struggle to define its historical identity.

To help us understand what happened, Linda Symcox traces the genealogy of the National History Standards Project from its origins as a neo-conservative reform movement to the drafting of the Standards, through the 18 months of controversy and the debate that ensued, and the aftermath. Broad in scope, this case study includes debates on social history, world history, multiculturalism, established canons, national identity, cultural history, and "liberal education." Symcox brilliantly illuminates the larger issue of how educational p

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
History Repeats Itself: Reform Cycles and the Social Studies Curriculump. 9
Mapping an Alternative History: Shifting Historical Paradigms, 1960-1990p. 25
A Conservative Restoration, 1981-Presentp. 40
Genesis of the National Center for History in the Schools and the National History Standards Project, 1987-1992p. 69
Forging Unity: The National History Standards Project, 1992-1994p. 97
The Consensus Unravels: The National History Standards in the Culture Wars, 1994-1996p. 127
Conclusion: Utopia Postponedp. 157
National History Standards Project Organizational Structurep. 167
Overview of the Thirty-One U.S. History Standardsp. 169
Notesp. 173
Referencesp. 195
Supplementary Bibliographyp. 207
Indexp. 215
About the Authorp. 228
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