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Information Today
Vol. 39 No. 1 — Jan/Feb 2022
A Better Education
by Brandi Scardilli

The Civil War wasn’t actually about slavery; it was about states’ rights. Do you remember hearing some version of this (dangerous misinformation) in school? When I heard it for the first time, I thought, “That makes sense. The Confederates just wanted fair treatment.” Then I grew up, read more books, experienced more life, and realized how awful it was that this idea was floating around. And I felt shame that I had ever believed it in the first place, because it’s so obviously racist propaganda. But as a kid in school, I didn’t think twice about it. 

This kind of experience is what critical race theory (CRT) education is trying to address. In this issue’s feature on page 18, Anthony Aycock looks at CRT’s background, CRT in a legislative context, the intersection of librarianship and CRT, and the backlash to the approach.  

For the Insights on Content feature on page 32, Kelly  LeBlanc digs into what dark patterns are and teaches us how to watch out for them. In Database Review (page 26), Mick O’Leary awards his annual BUDDIE for the Best Unknown Database. And We the People (page 6) showcases some words of wisdom from Information Today contributors.

Happy Reading,Brandi Scardilli

Brandi Scardilli is Editor of Information Today and Newsbreaks. Send your comments about this article to
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