What Shall We Tell the Children? International Perspectives on School History Textbooks


reviewed by Linda Symcox - December 12, 2006

coverTitle: What Shall We Tell the Children? International Perspectives on School History Textbooks
Author(s): Stuart J. Foster & Keith A. Crawford (Eds.)
Publisher: Information Age Publishing, Charlotte
ISBN: 1593115091 , Pages: 264, Year: 2006
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This fine collection of essays, What Shall We Tell the Children?, should be required reading for any national curriculum commission before it takes on the daunting task of redesigning how history is taught in its schools. Contributors to this volume analyze curricular and textbook reforms over the past half century in China, Japan, South Korea, Germany, the U.S., Pakistan, Israel, Palestine, and South Africa, as well as curricular reforms for teaching transnational topics such as the construction of European identity. Each author describes how macro-political events such as the breakdown of Soviet control over Eastern Europe, the rise of Islamic nationalism in countries such as Pakistan, or the end of Apartheid in South Africa shape curricular reforms and how those reforms play out in content selection and narrative construction in textbooks. Although I often find edited volumes unsatisfactory because the chapters tend to be of uneven quality or fail to... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: December 12, 2006
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