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The Movie “The Post” and Our Textbooks, What They Leave Out
 

Sadly, too many textbooks found in the nation’s school hide pretty much everything that is important in the world — from the roots of American racism, to the war against Mexico; and from the causes and consequences of climate change, to, yes, the nature of the Vietnam War.

 

As I came out of the theater this week after watching Steven Spielberg’s The Post, I overheard a 60-something man — like me — say to his companions: “Young people today know nothing of this history.” My first reaction was that this was another kid-bashing comment that we hear so often. But then I realized: He’s right. And why should they? Their textbooks hide pretty much everything that is important in the world — from the roots of American racism, to the war against Mexico; and from the causes and consequences of climate change, to, yes, the nature of the Vietnam War.

 

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