Teaching American history is a fraught undertaking

Teaching the history of this country today means maintaining a healthy balance between patriotism and nationalism (“Loving Your Country Means Teaching Its History Honestly,” Time, July 2).  Teachers in K-12 public schools are largely bound by what their board of education says is the correct formula.

That means what is acceptable in one part of the country is taboo in another.  The truth is no defense for teachers who violate the prescribed curriculum.  I think that shortchanges students who deserve the learn the good, the bad and the ugly about our past.  That’s the essence of education, as opposed to indoctrination.

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