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Posted at 8:50 PM ET, 01/ 5/2011

Teaching history starts with the facts

By Constantinos E. Scaros, Newmanstown, Pa.

Thanks to The Post for pointing out the mistakes in Virginia’s history textbooks. They are part of a larger problem: a lax and even cavalier attitude about historical accuracy. Granted, history can be the world’s most fascinating subject to study if taught from the point of view of ideas, and the dullest if taught as a chronicle of specific dates. Nonetheless, when dates are supplied, they have to be right.

I’d be happy to show the Virginia Board of Education how to get its facts straight if the members are interested.

By Constantinos E. Scaros, Newmanstown, Pa.  | January 5, 2011; 8:50 PM ET
Categories:  Virginia, education, history, schools  
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