your personal history or from those of your defining groups that would
change the way education operates? If your story and that of the significant
groups in your life were adequately represented in the "big picture" histories of education, would that story change?
It is in this sense that we began the book by saying that whether or not
you agree with our account, we hope you will be informed, strengthened,
encouraged, and empowered. We all have the right to understand and
explain ourselves. History is the means, not the end.
Even a majority of the members of the American Historical Association
appear ready to concede that there is no such thing as "objective history."
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Diane Ravitch, The American Reader: Words that Moved a Nation ( New
York: HarperCollins, 1990); Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., The Disuniting of America ( New York: W. W. Norton, 1992); E. D. Hirsch, Cultural Literacy: What Every
American Needs to Know ( Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1987), and A First Dictionary of Cultural Literacy: What Our Children Need to Know ( Boston: Houghton
Mifflin, 1991); Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind ( New York: Touchstone Books, 1988). Cf. Molefe Kete Asante, Afrocentricity: The Theory of
Social Change ( Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 1990); Martin Bernal, Black
Athena, Vol. 1: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization: The Fabrication of
Ancient Greece, 1785-1985, Vol. 2: The Archaeological and Documentary Evidence (Rutgers: Rutgers University Press, 1987- 1991).
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Society: An African-American Studies Response to Allan Bloom," Journal of
Ethnic Studies 17 (Summer 1989): 71.
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Ellen K. Coughlin, "New History of America Attempts to Make Good on
the Claims of Multiculturalism," Chronicle of Higher Education, May 26, 1993,
A9, quoting an interview with Dr. Takaki, in a review of Ronald Takaki, A
Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America ( Boston: Little, Brown, 1993).
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Book title: Lives in Education:A Narrative of People and Ideas.
Contributors: L. Glenn Smith - Author, Joan K. Smith - Author.
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Place of publication: Mahwah, NJ.
Publication year: 1994.
Page number: 445.
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