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  •  I graduated high school in 1964, (5+ / 0-)

    and I don't remember any political, especially right-wing, influence in my high school curriculum.  I remember teachers whom I despised because they made us work so hard and really learn what they were teaching, but not any overt, or even covert, conservative ideology.  I remember a few teachers who were terminally stupid, but not because they were pushing some political philosophy, but just because they were stupid; to this day I wonder how those teachers ever got, much less kept their jobs.

    And I would have been aware of any teacher or curriculum pushing a right-wing point of view, as I had worked on John Kennedy's presidential campaign (as an envelope-stuffer; they weren't going to trust a 13-year-old with anything else) and was already marching in civil rights protests and participating in boycotts of businesses who discriminated against black people.  I was quite concious of the political and social upheaval occurring at the time.

    So I'm not sure what you mean by "liberalization" when the education system - at least the system I went through - was entirely politically secular.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 08:37:13 PM PST

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    •  You were lucky (2+ / 0-)
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      Many schools were more than happy to push cold war anti-communist propaganda through early 1960s. Your school system must have either not joined in, or been on the leading edge of focusing on real learning, instead of seeding nationalist ideology.

      Around the country, right-wing groups got books removed from school libraries for teaching "Communist values," (like Robin Hood) and the NY State Board of Regents had a special commission to investigate textbooks for patriotism.

      The really unlucky attended schools that implemented such curricular gems as a packaged program named "Americanism versus Communism," using J. Edgar Hoover's book "Masters of Deceit" as the text book.  

      It wasn't a pretty time in many parts of the country, and digging out from under the right wing "education" rubble took great effort and many years.

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