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AHA in the News, History Education


State & Local (US)

AHA executive director Jim Grossman was featured in a USA Today article by Alia Wong about the effect of recent “divisive concepts” legislation that bans the discussion of certain ideas in classrooms. “A lot of the legislation basically outlaws things that don’t actually occur,” said Grossman. The job of teachers, he added, is to “give students the information needed to wrestle with these ideas themselves. It’s to have students analyze the founding documents, for instance, and discuss questions that arise. Does it matter that the men who wrote those documents grew up in a slavery-based society? If so, why?”