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Rabbit Hole 1/30/17

For my rabbit hole this week, I looked into how recently there have been some issues with schools changing history curriculums to paint certain groups in a more positive light than actual facts would cast them in. For example, in Texas in the late summer of 2015, the public school curriculum was changed so that the new textbooks “barely address[ed] racial segregation,” according to the Washington Post. The textbook didn’t mention the Klu Klux Klan, Jim Crow laws, and painted the main issue of the Civil War as states’ rights instead of slavery. I think this is especially relevant now, with so much false information being spread around and the introduction of “alternative facts” from the government and constant uncertainty about the truth of the press. The idea of censorship and instances like this changing or omission of facts interests me, and I think it would be fascinating to further look into the ethical implications. This is a bit of a branch-off of some of the work we did first semester with truth and whether or not the truth is always a good thing.

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