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Your Views: Make sure textbooks offer common sense

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March 3, 2014

Renowned historian David McCullough calls traditional U.S. history “our national memory.” He eloquently describes anti-patriotic “Revisionist” history as “eating away at our national memory.”

Cynicism such as the bias of anti-patriotic history works only to a point; then it fails as despicably as it operates because gallantry and courage are real, even though they may be heroic and even legendary. George Washington’s intrepid spy Nathan Hale said, from the British gallows on which he was to be hanged, “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.” Espionage was a crucial part of our War for Independence, but spies back then were nearly always caught. They volunteered the more valiantly knowing their duty almost certainly entailed their doom.

Today we can embody such noble sentiment as “Support our Troops” in distinct and worthwhile action: Look over your children’s American history textbooks. Do those texts speak of our country as we would in the presence of our friends and sons and daughters who have served, fought, shed blood in military service? If not, do something! Let school boards and teachers know how we feel about “our national memory.”

If you doubt the appropriateness of such action, consider whether you believe countries that would overrun or destroy America if they could teach their children from texts that speak ill of their countries. (That would be madness, for any country.)

Let’s have decency and common sense in our children’s history textbooks. Uphold our “national memory”!

D.R. SCHALLER

Janesville



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