Education: Revised History

Britain last week began to reform its teaching of U.S. history. The Board of Education's first step was to start summer-vacation courses for British schoolteachers on U.S. life. Some subjects: U.S. domestic life and arts, literature, geography, painting and sculpture, the U.S. Constitution and Presidents (by Harold Laski), the South, "Main Street." For instructors, it drew heavily on U.S. citizens in Britain, among them Reporter Vincent Sheean.

Young Britons' study of the U.S. has always been sketchy: they read the yarn about George Washington and the cherry tree, brief accounts of the "American War of Independence," the Civil War, the Monroe...

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