How and what to teach American students has been contested ground since the earliest days of public education, and the content of that instruction is something about which Americans can respectfully disagree.
This editorial is absurd. The NY Times screams about “the Republicans” censoring this or that, while doing the same for many who do not contort themselves to align themselves with the professed beliefs of the NY Times editorial board. There hasn’t been anything resembling “respectful” dialogue from anyone with an audience of more than one, regardless of their ideological beliefs. We live in a time of remarkable communicability where the vast majority of people willfully elect to be deaf, drowning out disagreement with echo chambers or by ignoring the plethora of soapboxes altogether.
What bugs me the most about all these claims of censorship, regardless of who is claiming it, is the insistence that there is a “one ideology fits all”. This is an absurd proposition borne by hubris and ego, as if the person making a claim has the world fully worked out.
Humans, as a whole, don’t like homogeny. This is why we have different clothes, different interests, different tastes, and different names. Perhaps rather than forcing ideologies down the throats of those who differ, it would be better to examine what makes us the same.A Pernicious Threat to Free Expression