Rutgers professor: ‘More truthful’ sense of nation’s history is needed

In a guest column for The Star-Ledger, Rutgers University professor Beth C. Rubin writes about the importance of a “greater understanding of the past” in school curriculum that would help children on multiple levels.

“My students, this country’s future social studies teachers, are thinking about how they can talk about the past with their students in a way that moves us forward: dialogue across difference, for a deeper understanding of the past disparities that explain present challenges,” she writes. “Let’s preserve and extend the impact of [social studies] classrooms, supporting our educators in making them places in which young people can learn about and grapple with the deep divides and challenges that face us all and feel empowered to participate.”

Read Rubin’s full column here.