Lately, there has been a lot of talk about Howard Zinn. Having read some of his work, I feel qualified to comment.
He is an ideologue and a propagandist with a clear agenda he is trying to push.
His method is to take a few examples out of context, and to base a distorted view of our country on a few unflattering snapshots of our nation’s history.
I am not saying he should be censored or even that work such as this does not have its place, but that place is surely not on a required reading list or as a foundation from which to teach a class.
If it were a book by Rush Limbaugh on a required reading list, I doubt the Zinn defenders would react with the same righteous indignation. Liberals are fond of the saying that the Bible should not be used to teach science class. Well, the same could be said for Zinn’s book in history class.
Students attend college to become educated, not to be indoctrinated.
- Don Christian, Crown Point