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Your Call: How to teach children the hard realities of US history

On the February 29th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about teaching kids a more accurate, complex lesson on history of marginalized people.

Every year hundreds of books in schools and libraries are banned for their alleged cultural and political content. How should writers engage kids in understanding the past? What is inappropriate for young readers to learn on their own and in schools? Join the conversation, on the next Your Call, with Hana Baba and you.


Jody Sokolower, managing editor of Rethinking Schools, and coeditor of Rethinking Sexism, Gender, and Sexuality 

Jesse Hagopian, activist, history teacher, and the Black Student Union adviser at Garfield High School in Seattle

Deborah Menkart, co-director of the Zinn Education Project, and the executive director of Teaching for Change

Web Resources:

Rethinking Schools

Teaching for Change

The Progressive: Gentrifying Black History

Washington Post:  In Virginia classrooms, should parents block sexually explicit literature for their kids?

Huffington Post: Under Pressure, Scholastic Recalls Racist Children's Book

Quartz:  These are the top 10 books Americans tried to ban last year