Philadelphia City Council Calls For Requiring Zinn’s ‘People’s History’ In High School

AP

The Philadelphia City Council on Thursday passed a resolution urging the city’s school district to make Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States” required reading in the city’s high schools, according to Philly.com

Here’s an except of the non-binding resolution:

Calling upon the Philadelphia School District to make Howard Zinn’s best-selling book “A People’s History of the United States” a required part of the high school U.S. history curriculum as Philadelphia City Council recognizes the need to expose students to a more accurate, complex, and engaging understanding of United States history than is typically found in traditional textbooks that often ignore the influence that people of color, women, and the working-class had in shaping our nation’s history. 

The resolution was introduced by Councilmembers Jim Kenney and Jannie Blackwell.

Read the whole resolution, as it was introduced, here:

Resolution No. 13074600.pdf

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