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Beyond Us and the Other: Standards for Mainstreaming Asia

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When Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, an ardent Cold War warrior, asked Prime Minister Nehru, “Are you with us or against us?” Nehru is reported to have answered, “Yes.” In the same vein, if asked, ”Do you support National Standards for World History or do you think it is too encyclopedic?” we might reply, “Of course.” Let’s steer questions about Standards away from simplistic judgments and consider how this document removes Asia from the invidious category Eric Wolf calls “peoples without history,” while at the same time offering a more accurate history of the West. In addition, let’s examine how the document’s “Standards¬† in Historical Thinking” can help teachers conceptualize and organize an integrated world histry course.