Free Lance-Star reporter Amy Umble covers Stafford County schools and other education issues
Several parents and students at Tuesday night’s Stafford County School Board meeting complained about a book by Howard Zinn that is required reading in advanced-placement history classes. The book is titled "A People’s History of the United States." Zinn’s book "presents American history through the eyes of those he feels are outside of the political and economic establishment," according to howardzinn.org. But some parents, including at least a couple with history degrees, say it’s leftist propaganda and requested that the book be removed from the school system’s curriculum. School Board members John LeDoux, Nanette Kidby and Dana Reinboldt requested copies of the book but did not comment further on the complaints. I’ll be writing a story on the issue soon but need more information. What other books do students read in the history classes? What’s the tone of class discussions about Zinn’s book? Do other area school systems use the book? Has it been banned from any school systems? I’ll keep you updated. Please call me at 540-374-5402 if you are a Stafford student or a parent of a Stafford student who has had to read the book for a class. I’d like to hear all opinions.