Teaching 'W' as History

The challenges of the recent past in the classroom

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Michael Morgenstern for The Chronicle

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Michael Morgenstern for The Chronicle

Even before the 2008 election, debate had begun about how President George W. Bush would be remembered in American history. There were many reasons that so many people were so quickly interested in Bush's historical reputation. Given how intensely polarized voters were about his presidency, it was natural that experts and pundits would scramble to evaluate it. Bush's spectacular highs and lows—the stratospheric rise in his public approval following the attacks of September 11, 2001, and