Now, more than ever, educators must teach with their heads and their heart. This means we filter out the fringe, ignorant chatter that is attempting to intimidate us into teaching selective history. History is history — it happened. It was not always pretty, nor was it always kind.
It is incumbent upon us to teach the truth about our past, to help our students understand the context of our past, and think deeply about, and learn from our past. This is a critically important time for educators to teach truth, and do it thoughtfully, intelligently, and empathetically. It’s really not that hard, just use your head and your heart.