To the Editor:
As one of the two faculty members responsible for overseeing the development of the Standards for Era 3 of the National World History Standards, I read with great interest Walter A. McDougall’s article, “Whose History? Whose Standards?” [May]. I was also gratified that Mr. McDougall clearly had read and thought seriously about the book. I was, however, disturbed by his constant imputation of sinister motives to myself and my colleagues on the basis of unsubstantiated assumptions concerning our supposed intentions.
Our charge was simple. We were to develop Standards for a model world-history course. Nothing more. The course was to have three goals: (1) treat the history of civilization in both the Old and New Worlds; (2) consider interactions between them; and (3) cover fully the principal topics and themes of Western civilization.
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