“Good morning everyone, now if you’ll turn in your books with me to page...” drones the voice of the teacher, it can be any teacher, teaching history in a typical high school. Those words dreaded by students of all ages and from all generations that attended schools within the public school system of their respective states. Many students dreaded these classes, but they were no doubt influenced by them. By sitting in them they were presented with information both new and old about their state and country from their teacher, and perhaps more significantly, whatever textbook they had in school.1 While they are perhaps not the most exciting places for many students, history classes, as well as the teachers and books within them, help shape how students view their country in relation to themselves and the world.
Lah, Harry, "Textbooks and their Portrayal of Japan in World War II" (2015). History Class Publications. 27.