Recently, i read the article The Savage and The Slave, written by Timothy Lintner. It talks about the dangers of traditional teaching practices and advocates the usage of Critical Race Theory.

1. Critical Race Theory is the idea of being aware of the multiple perspectives of issues that pertain to how races are portrayed and deconstructing the standardization of those previous perspectives solely focused on one point of view.

2. Typical portrayal of Native Americans are seen as passive, stuck in the past, and static players in a dynamic history. African Americans are often seen as helpless, ignorant, and inferior.

3. Society receives these racial messages primarily through texts in classrooms. Since textbooks are often the definition of what is important in history, having these stereotypical messages in the classroom often transmit the idea of what is unfounded fact, thus establishing biases and ignorance of other perspectives.

4. Education, particularly that of the social studies, has often had the problem of portraying a set core of ideas and events that were always deemed important. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" is the phrase that comes to mind. However many fail to see that the system is broken if it is producing these stereotypes in children surrounded by the cloud of historical fact and what is important. If textbooks say that only the colonist perspective is important for analyzing early America, many fail to realize and grasp the effect that the millions of african slaves had on the economy and politics, or the number and conflict of the native americans already present.

The way around this is by incorporating more than just one textbook or sources so that there is a general range of perspectives rather than a single, european perspective that's blind to the histories of the other peoples. Teachers can also explain to students the perspective that each textbook brings and remind them to not just use the textbook as the sole interpretation of history. Having multiple tools to dissect a passage/lesson allows for not only wider understanding, but wider interpretation for students who learn in different ways.