“Good morning class, 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 these classes they were presented with both new information as well as reinforcement of old information about their state and country from their teacher, and perhaps more significantly, whatever textbook they had in class.1 While they are perhaps not the most exciting classes 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" (2014). History Class Publications. 8.