Saluting with misty eyes
M- I completely understand, and that is one of the reasons that I am looking to go into teaching... I see the books that the kids are bringing home, and I talk to the teachers...
There are precious few that are ctually attempting to challenge the students, and force them to learn. Any idiot can spout off that the Civil War was fought between the North and the South between 1861 and 1865. How many are able to tell you what the series of events were that led to the conflict, how it affected the American (and Confederacy) population, and what does it mean for America today: parallels and conclusions. THINK
How is it that President Obama (and Bush, and Clinton, and Nixon, et. al.) are simply rehashing that which has gone before? What "new" initiatives are being presented by the current administration, and where did they come from? Who did them before, and what was the outcome, and what is going to be different this time? Anything? Nothing?
Once again, in a word... THINK
Bob- The history I am going to attempt to teach before losing my job for feeding the high schoolers the state approved pablum is the absolute truth... good and bad. I firmly believe that this is still the greatest country that has every existed; however, we have presidents who are people, with human faults and actions:
Lincoln didn't care about the slaves in the very least, and forced his generals (in many instances) to return "freed" slaves to their owners. He is one of our most beloved presidents, yet he did more to wipe his backside with the Constitution than any President had until that point.
President Nixon is forever going to be remembered for Watergate (which he should), and yet, no one is going to remember that he normalized trade with China, and opened them up to American Markets.
President Adams (the 1st) made a large amount of 11th hour appointments to the federal bench... a move he was not Constitutionally permitted to do...
And beneath it all, I want the kids to be able to tell me how each of these occurrances changed the country and made it into what it is today, and how it influenced the generations to come behind them.
The history book that my 9 year old is being taught from has 6 1/2 pages on how the hispanics influenced the founding of our nation, and only 3 1/2 pages on the British, and 1/2 page on the french, with the Dutch and Germans garnering 1/2 page each... When the majority of our "founding fathers" were British subjects.
I am tired of the kids being fed whatever the majority mind-think is wanting them to learn... I want them to learn that Thomas Jefferson was a great leader and a world class thinking, even by today's standards... but he still owned slaves and had a child be one of them.
Anyhow, I am almost positive that this is all pie in the sky thinking, and that I will be sat down and talked to like a backwards 1st grader that I am going to be required to teach out of the book that they feel is best for the young minds to be molded by.
Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting, "WHAT A RIDE