TextbookCheck.com’s High School History Textbook Analysis
The core feature of TextbookCheck.com is the site’s page-by-page analysis of high school history textbooks—with a current focus on U.S. history. Textbookcheck.com will provide scholars with sections of a high school-level history textbook (typically 10-15 pages in length), appropriate to said scholar’s area(s) of expertise. The scholar will then be expected to read through the section and provide “Responses” (generally between 30 and 200 words each) to statements made or inferred in the text that are either (1) inaccurate, biased, or erroneous, or (2) especially well-written and appropriate. Some sections may call for many Responses (10-15), others relatively few (1-5). The scholar is encouraged to provide a list of one or two titles for further reading on the subject of each Response.
A sample of a typical entry (a Response) can be provided on request by emailing the editor. This should be simple work for a scholar; an entire section should be completable within an hour or two.
Scholars will receive full attribution online. If the scholar’s work is included in printed material published by Textbookcheck.com (including Textbook Supplements), the scholar will be notified and full attribution will be given. If interested, please send an email to the editor along with your area of expertise (one or more of the following):
EXPLORATION OF AMERICA/COLONIAL PERIOD
U.S. HISTORY: 1776-1865
U.S. HISTORY: 1865-PRESENT
U.S. GOVERNMENT & POLITICS
WORLD HISTORY: ANTIQUITY-1600
WORLD HISTORY: 1601-PRESENT
If you are interested in completing multiple sections, kindly include this interest in your email to the editor.
It could be argued that, as scholars, it is our duty to be involved in making sure that students are being presented with an accurate view of history and historical events early on in their education. One of the best ways to do this is to scrutinize the core texts these students work with every day. This project is directly associated with the history education of soon-to-be university undergraduates.
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