“[Too] often, traditional representations of American history leave out or quickly pass by important pieces of history for the black community, such as the Harlem Renaissance, or fail to accurately teach the realities of slavery. Some educators also say that the literature that students are reading isn’t diverse enough.”
Based on my experience as a primary school teacher, this is completely opposite of reality. Truth is, most of the nonfiction selections I saw were somehow related to a liberationist/POC narrative (My district used Pearson for its texts).
An anecdote to serve as an example, I had to give what we called a TELPAS evaluation (Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment Survey) where the class was required to write two pages on any historical figure — out of 27 kids, 24 wrote about MLK, 2 about Rosa Parks and 1 about Cesar Chavez.
It’s literally the only ‘history’ the kids are taught anymore, a ‘Liberation through civil disobedience’ narrative. Nothing about people like Edison or Ford or the Wright Brothers who invented and built things. Kind of sad, really, but it explains a lot of what ails us as a culture: the disregard for initiative and self-sufficiency in exchange for the glorification of grievance.