• Is There an Uncontroversial Way to Teach America’s Racist History?

    Vox's Sean Illing interviews historian Jarvis R. Givens, an expert on African American education, about the idea that, while Black teachers have been practicing antiracist education for generations, the idea becomes controversial when implemented in classrooms where White students learn. 

  • The Bright Side of a Bad Texas History Bill? It’s Too Late to Whitewash the Past

    by John Morán González and Benjamin H. Johnson

    "The authors of HB 3979 assume that teachers left to their own devices will present their students with the dark and vexing chapters of Texas history. Perhaps on some level they realize that control over the narrative of Texas history has escaped their grasp."

  • The Fog of History Wars

    by David W. Blight

    Nations have histories, and someone must write and teach them, but the 1990s battle over the National Standards for History remains a warning to all those who try – setting a history curriculum is politics by other means, and the right has always been willing to fight over it.

  • Who Gets to Decide What is History?

    Education Historian Jonathan Zimmerman tells the Monitor that denying the presence of racism in the past is bad policy and that students must be able to consider and debate expert views on what racism has meant in American history. 

  • Laws Against Teaching Critical Race Theory in College are Unconstitutional

    by Ronald J. Krotoszynski Jr.

    "Since the 1950s — when a Red Scare mentality led legislators to try to ban the teaching of communist or socialist theories in state educational institutions — the Supreme Court repeatedly has held that universities, as well as individual professors, enjoy a First Amendment right to academic freedom."

  • I Am A Veteran History Teacher. Let Me Teach History

    by Valencia Ann Abbott

    Culture wars and legislative battles over things like the 1619 Project and "critical race theory" have made classrooms "a minefield of political dos and don'ts," where facts and truths are treated as dangerous, says a veteran secondary school history instructor. 

  • What Is Critical Race Theory And Why Did Oklahoma Just Ban It?

    by Kathryn Schumaker

    Attacks on "critical race theory" in Oklahoma's legislature are part of a political effort to prevent discussion of the state's racist past – the legislature made CRT a culture war issue as the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre approaches. Here's why we need more, not less, of the ideas behind CRT.

  • Five Things Missing From Asian American History In Texas Schools

    KERA spoke to educators including historian Madeline Hsu about what Texas students are missing out on when it comes to Asian American history. They said the lack of diversity, notable figures and modern-day connection are some of the key issues.

  • Letters From an American, May 2, 2021

    by Heather Cox Richardson

    Mitch McConnell's demands that the Department of Education reject a proposal for social studies education that emphasizes antiracism shows that his party is more interested in using education to wage a culture war than in actually improving civics and history education. 

  • Lawmakers Push to Ban ‘1619 Project’ From Schools

    "Attempts to ban the materials 'stem from a really unfortunate misreading of the project itself,' said Mark Schulte, the Pulitzer Center’s education director. The lessons aren’t designed to convince students to believe certain ideas, but rather to encourage them to question, he said."