Jonathan Reeds writes in an hnn-article, The Troubling Assumtion Behind Lamar Alexander's History Project (via Mildly Malevolent) about how oldfashioned ideas that can lay behind education proposals. The Education Act senator Lamar Alexander has proposed is a way of strenghtening the ideas of American core values. Reeds calls this consensus history and is reminded of American history during the Cold War. This is a threath to the ideal of historiography as a search for objective truth. Reeds ends his article like this:
No wonder President Bush is so down on revisionists. Recent historical scholarship undermines the consensus he is trying to build for many of his policies. And if the Alexander bill passes, fewer students will be able to use history as a means to question the President's conservative agenda.It frigthens me to se the teaching of history used for political purposes like this. I understand that all national history to some extent is building of a national identity, however, not to the extent that senator Alexander seems to believe is necessary.