How can we hope to resolve the greater difference in our partisian society while also teaching different versions of the same history to our kids?
I have a belief that our nation is so large and its people so vast in difference of opinion we are technically different social nations. I would not be able or want to live in a place like California- their laws are incompatible with my way of life. From my firearms collection to my automotive hobbies. Things that make me happy are illegal in California. And that is OK!
See I am happy to visit the nation of California- and will will act in their way when I am in their land. When they come to Texas they can choose to hang out with us and enjoy our local customs and culture.
What unites us is our common bond in the fact that we are all Americans. I may not want to live in California, those are still my fellow countrymen and I hope that they will find continued success in their ventures despite of difference in ways of life.
Why does one view have to be wrong?
My artsy pals moved to Portland to hang with their kind in an art community. My Alone in the woods friends who wanted to be more alone moved to remote Idaho.
Why does anyone have to be wrong, in the end they are all just seeking happiness and moving to where people around them share their values, culture and belief systems.
America is a divided nation, unified by an ideology of individual liberty and personal autonomy. I find it no surprise, nor do I see it as a problem that our textbooks reflect this fact.
> Still, recent textbooks have come a long way from what was published in past decades. Both Texas and California volumes deal more bluntly with the cruelty of the slave trade, eschewing several myths that were common in textbooks for generations: that some slave owners treated enslaved people kindly and that African-Americans were better off enslaved than free. The books also devote more space to the women’s movement and balance the narrative of European immigration with stories of Latino and Asian immigrants.
> “American history is not anymore the story of great white men,” said Albert S. Broussard, a history professor at Texas A&M University and an author of both the Texas and California editions of McGraw-Hill’s textbooks.
So, in short, all the textbooks are moving toward a more multicultural worldview and ideas traditionally associated with "the left," but California is moving that direction faster than Texas.