Education: Wanted: A Bulfinch

Had the debunkers gone too far? What if the generation after next grew up without ever hearing about John Smith and Pocahontas or even George Washington and the cherry tree? The possibility bothered Richard E. Thursfield, who used to be a history teacher and now teaches "education" at Johns Hopkins. Last week, in an essay in The Study and Teaching of American History (The National Council for the Social Studies; $2.50), Thursfield called for a modern Bulfinch to write an American Age of Fable.

Wrote Thursfield: "American children should know those fascinating historical myths and legends that have become a part of...

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