Study: Schools not giving complete picture of history to students
Your college-aged kids are not getting a comprehensive picture of American History according to a recent study. The study done by the National Association of Scholars says the schools are focusing more on race, class and gender as opposed to other parts of American history, like Alexander Graham Bell and others.
“Our political history; our intellectual history; our military history; our scientific history; our religious history; all the different elements that make up American history get crowded out because of this over-emphasis on race, class and gender,” Tom Lindsey of the Texas Public Policy Foundation told KTRH.
It’s something that gets under Lindsey’s skin.
“To focus on only one aspect to the exclusion of others doesn’t serve Texas students well. It doesn’t give them the broad based introduction to American History that the Legislature calls for,” Lindsey explained.
However, according to U-T history Professor Jeremi Suri, the report is just wrong.
“It’s borderline fraudulent. They did not do a real assessment of any of the courses. They simply took syllabi off the web,” Suri told KTRH.
Suri says the study is a just political grandstanding
“I think it’s a group of people that have a political agenda trying to justify that agenda with material that does not fit that agenda,” Suri explained.
Suri tells KTRH that there are no plans at U-T to change anything as far as the curriculum is concerned.
Hear the podcast with Matt Patrick and Houston's Morning News as he talks with Lindsey and Suri: