Friday, December 9

We need to teach U.S. history based on facts, not politics


In the early 1980s, I served on the State Board of Education. Most Republican members took education policy seriously. There was no talk of telling teachers what should or shouldn’t be taught. Now, a candidate for state superintendent and Ohio lawmakers want to dictate to social studies teachers that racism and sexism should not be taught (”Finalists for job talk race in social studies and student mental health,” May 6).

Slavery was a brutal system perpetuated by Founding Fathers George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and others. Should their brutal behavior be ignored to just concentrate on what made “America great?”

Possibly because much of Black studies is missing from textbooks, these ideas ferment. We taught the transcontinental railroad was built through Chinese and Irish immigrant labor. Ignored were thousands of slaves owned by railroad companies who built much of the South’s railroads.

This debate is a legacy of the 2020 Trump campaign. Critical Race Theory, a discussion for college and graduate programs, became a rallying cry in our culture wars. CRT is not part of elementary or secondary education. Sometimes, history can be brutal. And what history should be taught should not be based on current political winds.

Steven P. Schecter,

Pepper Pike

Steven P. Schecter is a retired social studies teacher.



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