In this article I read “The Betrayal of History”, the authorhighlights the fact that “American history” that is printed in textbooks is arewritten and transformed version created to meet the demands of politicalcorrectness and to appease interest groups. It is important for us to considerthis rewriting of history and the implications of this process. After readingthe article, I believe that the reason history is being distorted in textbooksis both political and due to the fact that the textbook industry is amultimillion dollar industry.
The author writes, “textbooks are not written forchildren, they are written for committees who flip through them to make surethey have the right ethnic balance and proper buzzwords” proving that it is moreimportant to meet whatever the political agenda is over allowing students tostudy the facts. She also states that the “‘conspiracy of good intentions’and the need to please or not offend… has paralyzed textbook writers” whichfurther proves that political correctness has changed the way in which historyis presented in public schools. Furthermore, the textbook industry is amultimillion-dollar industry that is influenced heavily by two states, Texasand California.
A new textbook series can cost “35 million” dollars toproduce, and this is just the cost of production. I can only imagine how muchpublishing companies make when their textbook is adopted by a state and thenpurchased by the 100’s of thousands of school districts throughout the country.This expensive yet lucrative process has “increased the tendency towardshomogeneity and intensified the search for a safe, bland book.” The way inwhich textbook companies have rewritten history has left many students withoutthe truth.
The textbook industry has indoctrinated many with the propagandathat America was formed by faultless men, and the only way to combat thispolitical agenda is through inquiry and dialogue about the facts, so that weremember the truth and not the idea.