This is the year for social studies textbook adoption in Indiana. As Department Chair of the social studies department I get to see all the materials. I get bombarded with emails, mailings and information. The exciting part of textbook adoption is the hope that the materials that are available will be more than new textbooks but the textbooks will be better than the previous crop. Unfortunately it looks like this year that might not be the case. Now I haven’t seen all the books and materials like the people quoted in the article and I will give my assessment when I have seen them all. However, social studies books have become too “politically correct” over the last decade to include the stories of history that are essential for the learning of history. What ever happened to the thought that we teach history to help us learn from our mistakes. But if we don’t teach the mistakes then how do we learn from our history?
I had the thought of asking history teachers to share their best stories that enhance the teaching in their classroom. Then I could compile, organize, and post them for all social studies teachers to use. Since textbooks aren’t helping us out we should probably just do it on our own. Any thoughts?