In his April 4 column “Reading, writing and white guilt,” George F. Will accused the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction of considering “instruction” to be synonymous with “propaganda” and “indoctrination” because students were asked to contemplate white privilege. Why readers should agree with him is not something he explained.
When did social studies become a subject in which studying the societal impact of an observable phenomenon is something to be derided and avoided? When I was a high school sophomore, a substitute teacher once held my world history class spellbound with a tale not found in our textbooks or curriculum: the story of the Holocaust. To Holocaust deniers, I suppose that teacher was spreading propaganda, but it opened a new way of looking at the world for many of us.