Education and the Teaching of History
The history of a country that includes a
majority and a minority is often filled with violence and
It is important that the following principles
be put into place:
- The same history texts (responsibly
translated where necessary) must be used in the teaching
of the children of the majority and the children of the
minority. A commission will decide what will be taught at
each grade level. It is important that the commission be
so set up that a consensus is required before historical
text is released. There must be no falsehoods in the
texts, although the commission may withhold some facts.
Where a fact is important, but in dispute, both sides of
the issue should be presented as "in dispute".
- The history-in-education commission should
oversee the production of short comic-book-style
treatments of major issues.
- The texts must strongly endorse the
concept that "the past is the past," and a
harmonious future of the country is the major
consideration. This may be propaganda, but it is useful
- Complete historical texts must be made
available all students at the university level. A
"truth in history" commission will be
established. The commission may elect, by consensus, to
require that some writings always be accompanied by a
critical or contrary analysis.
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