Whitewashing War Historical Myth, Corporate, and Possibilities for Democratic Education

| August 31, 2010

Title: Whitewashing War  Historical Myth, Corporate Textbooks, and Possibilities for Democratic Education
Author: Christopher R. Leahey ; foreword by E. Wayne Ross
Publisher: New York : Teachers College, Columbia University, c2010
Check It Out: DS557.74 .L43 2010

From the Publisher: Whitewashing War explores perhaps the most critical issue social studies educators presently face: How do we teach our students about war? In this timely book, Christopher Leahey investigates how the political struggles over the social studies curriculum, the corporate domination of the textbook and testing industry, and the curricular constraints of the No Child Left Behind Act combine to stifle historical inquiry and deprive students of meaningful social studies instruction. Using the controversial Vietnam War as a case study, Leahey holds textbook narratives up to the light, illuminating how the adoption process, interpretive framework, and selection of evidence combine to transform the past into thinly veiled historical myths.

About the Author: Christopher R. Leahey teaches world history in upstate New York. His articles have appeared in Social Education and The Social Studies.

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