In an L.A. Times Op-Ed opinion today, Diane Ravitch argues that California should change its rules that presently pressure the state Board of Education toward accepting a politically correct version of history in text books. The article, captioned "PC Textbooks Full of Skewed History", Ravitch describes the history taught in California's public schools as "inaccurate and dishonest". She advocates a change to the present system. Ravitch is a historian of education at New York University who formerly served on a committee to revise California's history curriculum.
Here is an excerpt from the article:
"The state's social-content guidelines should be abolished. They put the state Board of Education into the absurd position of deciding which facts are historically accurate and which should be included or excluded, a responsibility for which it is manifestly unqualified. The guidelines are an open invitation to interest groups to politicize textbooks.
"Telling publishers that their books must instill pride only guarantees a phony version of feel-good history. Publishers, as a result, bend over backward to be positive, whether writing about the genocidal reign of Mao Tse-tung (presumably to avoid offending his admirers) or the unequal treatment of women in Islamic societies (to avoid offending Muslims)."