Report on race, gender in college history courses stirs debate | www.statesman.com

Report on race, gender in college history courses stirs debate | www.statesman.com.

A conservative, so-called group of “scholars” is trying to dictate the history that should be taught in Texas’s public universities. If that’s the case, then historians should be able to dictate public policy.  Only goes to show that conservatives are threatened by a well educated public.

David Oshinsky, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian at UT, said it’s true that race, class and gender are emphasized more than they were 30 or 40 years ago. That’s because history courses previously focused narrowly on the “great white man,” such as Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln, he said. More recently, American history courses have taken on an increasingly global flavor, examining the nation’s place in a world where climate change, immigration and other issues span international boundaries.

Oshinsky said the report reflects the “very strong agenda” of the National Association of Scholars. “They have a very, very conservative message. Some of it appeals to me,” said Oshinsky. “But they can’t make out like they just want to teach all facts. Just like the left has its political agenda, these people have their political agenda.”

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