lucy24 - 1:05 am on May 13, 2013 (gmt 0)
Funny you should say that, because only yesterday-- really-- an unrelated search* led to to a page on, I think, cracked dot com that rattled off a long list of things kids used to be able to buy. Never mind home chemistry sets; you could get atomic energy kits complete with miniature Geiger counter and sample-sized nuggets of uranium and radium. (Was going to say plutonium, but repeat visit to site tells me my memory was wrong on this detail.)
Now, if you're going to complain about dumbing-down of textbooks, you can find a ### of a lot more serious causes of complaint than that your children no longer learn how to make bombs :( otoh, I think history books are no longer quite so relentless about equating "famous" and "good" (i.e. 100% virtuous and having no character flaws). But I get the impression children are still being taught that Columbus was trying to prove the world was round. Sigh.
* Prolonged poring through browser history suggests that I started out investigating a Firefox extension and got derailed.