Lately publishers at the Christian correct were reprinting nineteenth-century kid's heritage books and advertising and marketing them to oldsters as "anchor texts" for homeschool guideline. Why, Gregory M. Pfitzer asks, could books written greater than a hundred and fifty years in the past be presumed appropriate for teaching twenty-first-century young ones? the reply, he proposes, is that promoters of those recycled works think that background as a self-discipline took a improper flip within the early 20th century, while revolutionary educators brought social reports methodologies into public college historical past study rooms, foisting upon unsuspecting and susceptible kids ideologically distorted heritage books.

In History Repeating Itself, Pfitzer checks those assertions through scrutinizing and contextualizing the unique nineteenth-century texts on which those republications are established. He specializes in how the writers borrowed from each other to provide works that have been comparable in lots of methods but differed markedly by way of pedagogical process and philosophy of historical past. Pfitzer demonstrates that faraway from being non-ideological, those works have been rooted in excessive modern debates over altering conceptions of formative years.

Pfitzer argues that the repurposing of antiquated texts unearths a lost resistance to the assumption of a contested earlier. He additionally increases crucial philosophical questions about how and why curricular judgements are formed via the "past we decide to recollect" on behalf of our kids.

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