by Laura Isensee
This summer there’s been an intense debate surrounding the Confederate flag and the legacy of slavery in this country.
In Texas that debate revolves around new textbooks that 5 million students will use when the school year begins next month.
The question is, are students getting a full and accurate picture of the past?
Eleventh-grade U.S. history teacher Samantha Manchac is concerned about the new materials and is already drawing up her lesson plans for the coming year. She teaches at The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, a public school in Houston.
The first lesson she says she’ll give her kids is how textbooks can tell different versions of history. “We are going to utilize these textbooks to some extent, but I also want you to be critical of the textbooks and not take this as the be-all and end-all of American history,” she imagines telling her new students.
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