This is in response to Gregory J. Wahl's letter on the Supreme Court decision allowing censorship of student newspapers (Feb. 2). Wahl's remarks included a sarcastic suggestion that perhaps next school children will be writing their own textbooks. What's wrong with that idea? In my view, it's quite a good one. In fact, I am a part of a group of kids that is in the process of writing our own history textbook.
I attend the Santa Barbara Middle School. We are a very small private school, accommodating 75 students this year. Last year, in a history class combined with English class, every student was required to write a paper consisting of an interview with someone who has lived through a major historical event, and then a section of research and history on that event.
This year we are compiling a selection of 18 of the best of these papers. They are being formatted and illustrated on computers. A team of students will be in charge of the graphics, etc. When the book is finished there is a possibility of it being sent to schools across the world that we have already contacted, educating kids in other countries about a variety of historical events. Certainly, it will be used by future Santa Barbara Middle School students as a history textbook.