U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Education
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 07-27-2022, 03:25 PM
 
254 posts, read 184,375 times
Reputation: 209

Advertisements

I'll keep it short. I am looking for high school level books in High School US Government, High School US History, High School Economics, and High School Science. I want to study materials that I did not really learn in High School. Any recommendations on what is being used now would be great. Thank you for your time.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 07-28-2022, 01:04 PM
 
Location: New York NY
5,164 posts, read 7,856,629 times
Reputation: 11582
Take a look at these (sometimes controversial, depending on who you ask) books that some high schools will use now:

A People's History of the United States, by Howard Zinn
The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story, by Nikole Hannah-Jones
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J Dubner
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-28-2022, 02:41 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
96,535 posts, read 94,397,660 times
Reputation: 106819
Quote:
Originally Posted by citylove101 View Post
Take a look at these (sometimes controversial, depending on who you ask) books that some high schools will use now:

A People's History of the United States, by Howard Zinn
The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story, by Nikole Hannah-Jones
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J Dubner
Are those used in highschools? If so, public or private?
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-28-2022, 03:03 PM
 
Location: New York NY
5,164 posts, read 7,856,629 times
Reputation: 11582
I know that all three—or at least excerpts from them—are used in some public high schools here, usually those with a more progressive bent or those with a stronger academic student body. I can’t speak to the private schools, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find them there.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-28-2022, 05:12 PM
 
Location: A coal patch in Northern Appalachia
8,859 posts, read 8,945,113 times
Reputation: 10963
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ruth4Truth View Post
Are those used in highschools? If so, public or private?
I've never seen any of those books used in a high school classroom. They are more likely to be in a HS social studies teacher's personal library.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-28-2022, 05:47 PM
 
Location: A coal patch in Northern Appalachia
8,859 posts, read 8,945,113 times
Reputation: 10963
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mike2017 View Post
I'll keep it short. I am looking for high school level books in High School US Government, High School US History, High School Economics, and High School Science. I want to study materials that I did not really learn in High School. Any recommendations on what is being used now would be great. Thank you for your time.
There are not that many textbook publishers. They have all merged. I would suggest an AP American history textbook. You can typically find a used copy on Amazon for $10-15. If doesn't have to be most current edition. Here is a list of the leading AP US History textbooks:

Quote:
Brinkley Unfinished Nation McGraw Hill
Divine America Past and Present Prentice Hall
Faragher Out of Many Prentice Hall
Henretta America's History Bedford/Macmillan
Kennedy The American Pageant Houghton Mifflin/Cengage
Norton A People and a Nation Houghton Mifflin/Cengage
Tindall America: A Narrative History Norton
For AP Government try:

Advanced Placement United States Government & Politics

The American Pageant: A History of the American People

American Government: Institutions and Policies, AP Edition

For economics:

Economics, AP edition

Krugman's Economics for the AP® Course

Remember if the Amazon price is higher than you want to pay, look for an older edition in a used condition.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-28-2022, 08:16 PM
 
Location: New York NY
5,164 posts, read 7,856,629 times
Reputation: 11582
Quote:
Originally Posted by villageidiot1 View Post
I've never seen any of those books used in a high school classroom. They are more likely to be in a HS social studies teacher's personal library.
New York City and northern Appalachia are two very different places.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-28-2022, 09:07 PM
 
Location: A coal patch in Northern Appalachia
8,859 posts, read 8,945,113 times
Reputation: 10963
Quote:
Originally Posted by citylove101 View Post
New York City and northern Appalachia are two very different places.
True. If you used The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story as a textbook in many of the school districts around here, there would likely be protestors at the next school board meeting. They would accuse the school of teaching CRT. I'm not exaggerating.

I recently read Freakonomics and enjoyed it. It is not really an economics textbook, however, even though it is written by an economics professor.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-29-2022, 09:49 AM
 
10,476 posts, read 6,663,131 times
Reputation: 29118
I would seek out a local library or college library if open to non students. Check out and read a variety of books. I've found, even when I was in high school years ago, that most history textbooks are very incomplete. They skip important events or glance at them. More about names and dates than causes and relationships. Even as a kid I felt most school history texts had too much of a New England ivory tower perspective and left out a lot of history in the south and southwest. Native culture, Spanish exploration and influence, French exploration in the west and so much more was glossed over. Even things like the America Revolution were heavily focused on Boston and Philadelphia. You get the Boston Massacre, Boston Tea party. Sam Adams. Ben Franklin. Bunker hill. Valley Forge. Then we skip a few years to Yorktown. Leave out the 70% that was fought on the Carolinas and its influence to today. Abd so much more from history.

What you get from textbooks is whatever message they want to send and nit a real understanding of history.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 07-29-2022, 10:11 AM
 
Location: A coal patch in Northern Appalachia
8,859 posts, read 8,945,113 times
Reputation: 10963
Quote:
Originally Posted by tnff View Post
I would seek out a local library or college library if open to non students. Check out and read a variety of books. I've found, even when I was in high school years ago, that most history textbooks are very incomplete. They skip important events or glance at them. More about names and dates than causes and relationships. Even as a kid I felt most school history texts had too much of a New England ivory tower perspective and left out a lot of history in the south and southwest. Native culture, Spanish exploration and influence, French exploration in the west and so much more was glossed over. Even things like the America Revolution were heavily focused on Boston and Philadelphia. You get the Boston Massacre, Boston Tea party. Sam Adams. Ben Franklin. Bunker hill. Valley Forge. Then we skip a few years to Yorktown. Leave out the 70% that was fought on the Carolinas and its influence to today. Abd so much more from history.

What you get from textbooks is whatever message they want to send and nit a real understanding of history.
You are never going to find one book that covers everything. That's why I recommended used AP textbooks, which are more in-depth and can be purchased inexpensively.

The OP said he was looking for high school level books that covered those topics. Here is one I used for regular 11th grade history classes:

American Odyssey: The United States in the 20th Century

It was published in 2001, so it won't have more recent information, but it did an excellent job of covering the 1940s, 50, and 60s. You can pick it up in "Good" condition on Amazon for $5.95 with free shipping.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Education

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2022, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top