What Spielberg’s The Post — and Our Textbooks — Leave Out


As I came out of the theater this week after watching Steven Spielberg’s The Post, I overheard a 60-something man — like me — say to his companions: “Young people today know nothing of this history.” My first reaction was that this was another kid-bashing comment that we hear so often. But then I realized: He’s right.

And why should they? Their textbooks hide pretty much everything that is important in the world — from the roots of American racism, to the war against Mexico; and from the causes and consequences of climate change, to, yes, the nature of the Vietnam War.

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