Students need to be taught history, warts and all

Ken White makes a good point that the teaching of Critical Race Theory can lead to the teaching of critical thinking in general (“Critical Race Theory isn’t being taught in schools,” The Herald, July 31). I still vividly recall being in a sociology class in college when many of the students, who were about 10 years my junior, were visibly struck with outrage when they came to realize how the socialization process works.

That revelation had come to me in Navy boot camp years before. Had we not all been fed the pablum of such questionable history of things like George Washington and the cherry tree from our early days, and instead gotten the “warts-and-all” view of historical figures and events, the truth would not have come as such a shock.

Critical Race Theory at least qualifies as a theory, whereas such dreck as put out by QAnon does not meet the criteria to be called a theory. Yet the media wants to refer to this speculative garbage as “conspiracy theory.” Teaching our students critical thinking from an early age can steel our society from having so many minds that are vulnerable to the volumes of misinformation that is being spread on such a wide scale.

Thomas J. Munyon


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