Bill Bigelow12 months ago
Hi Jeff, Thanks for weighing in on this. No, I would never claim that either Howard Zinn or Naomi Klein is a "calm, dispassionate thinker." But that's not actually an argument against any of their ideas. It seems to me that you ignore the analysis of my article. Here is the textbook, Modern World History, for the only high school class that most of these students will take on world affairs, and the section on the Iraq war: includes no quote from a single Iraqi, no discussion of casualties of the war, not a single mention of the massive anti-war demonstrations leading up to the U.S. invasion, nothing about U.S. economic or military strategy following the invasion, and (something I did not include in my article) nothing about the lingering health effects of the use of depleted uranium and white phosphorous, and the staggering rate of birth defects today -- see today's interview with Dahr Jamail on Democracy Now: http://www.democracynow.org/2013/3/20/ten_years_later_us_has_left. And to top it off, the only "critical writing" activity asks students to imagine they are a speechwriter for George Bush and write about the U.S. "victory" there. As I say in the article, this is not history, it's propaganda. It leaves young people ill equipped to think critically about the uses of U.S. military power in the world.