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Diane Ravitch

December 7, 1994 – Education Week
 In late October, a media firestorm erupted when proposed national standards for U.S. history were unveiled. Lynne V. Cheney, the former chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (which gave $800,000 in federal funding to the National Center for History in the Schools at the University of California at Los Angeles to develop the standards) criticized them as "politically correct to a fare-thee-well"; Time magazine reported that McCarthyism and suffragettes were "hot," while Thomas Edison and the Gettysburg Address were not. Other newsmagazines and national television programs chimed in with their views on the standards.

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