AZ Teacher says key events missing from new history text





A new U.S. history curriculum for Mesa Public Schools' fifth-graders has led to criticism from one teacher concerned about what the textbook is leaving out while perhaps shedding light on the growing pains of incorporating technology into classroom instruction.

When fifth-graders open their history book, History Alive! America's Past, this fall they may not find some notable events, or noteworthy people, you'd expect to be there.

"Give me liberty or give me death"?

Not there, and neither is Patrick Henry, the fiery Virginian credited with making the famous declaration.

Founding father Alexander Hamilton and The Trail of Tears also fail to make an appearance.

And as for Harriet Beecher Stowe, whom Civil War President Abraham Lincoln described as "the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war," she's missing in action, too.



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