Sunday's articles by Eric Fry about social studies textbooks in the schools were excellent. I really enjoyed them. They did a good job of presenting both sides of the issue. However, since I am from the "old school," I don't understand why we are so reluctant to expect kids to read more outside the classroom. A social studies text should only provide the framework and all students should be required to read it as a minimum so the school can be assured that at least one consistent view of history is being presented to all the students.
Having said that, the students can be encouraged to challenge anything in the book. The teacher can then fill in with other articles and resources to provide varying viewpoints. If I read the article correctly, what we are teaching now is as many views of history as there are teachers in the school system.