Keith Henley (letter Jan. 22) wants information about growing inequality in wealth to be removed from the assigned reading in his daughter’s class in a school in Clovis Unified. Yet he does not say that the information is factually inaccurate.
Mr. Henley has put himself in some disreputable company, no doubt unintentionally. The leaders of authoritarian political regimes have deleted information from the textbooks in their countries’ schools for political purposes.
The first criterion for including information in writings that are used in the schools should be, is it true? In other words, is it factually accurate?
The second criterion should be, is it important? An objective assessment might conclude that growing inequality in wealth is socially significant.
Contrary to what Mr. Henley suggests, people who are not socialists may be concerned about economic inequality. Otto von Bismarck and Theodore Roosevelt were not socialists — far from it — but both believed that a wide gap between the rich and the rest of society could create problems.
Students should be informed about different interpretations of the causes of economic inequality, and should learn about different ideas on what to do about that phenomenon. That is appropriate in a democracy.