Date: October 26, 2003
Subject: Teaching arrogance

Letters to the editor
Star Tribune
October 26, 2003

In response to Education Commissioner Cheri Pierson Yecke's claim in her Oct. 19 Op Ex commentary that students "should know about a great nation," I must take issue. As a social studies teacher I would suggest that we teach students the facts of history (without a political or ideological slant) and allow them the right to determine the greatness of our nation.

Sadly these standards, supported by Yecke, will do little more than promote cultural arrogance, while disenfranchising many students.

Peter Woollen, Minneapolis.