“American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.”
James A. Baldwin
As a kid I have always loved history, I remember as a young kid growing up having the old rabbit ears on our TV. I loved going to my grandpa’s house when I was 11 or 12 and watching hours of this new channel called the history channel with him. I learned so many things about history of the world, but mostly American history, I absolutely love early American history. I was and still am in awe at what the frontiersmen and explorers endured as they paved the way for this great country we live in. The history channel was my favorite tv channel, and just about the only channel I watched for 15 years or so.
Times have changed and somehow so has history. Kids are not taught history like they once were before. Thanks to another brilliant law by our government, the no child left behind law was signed into action in 2002. While this law on the surface seems great, it has one major over site. The standardized testing focuses on reading and math, so teachers of students grades 2-8 have emense pressure in those subject areas, and history is on the back burner.
“Hell is full of good intentions” – Saint Bernard
Now, interest in history is fading fast because people don’t know how exciting it is. They are only taught the bare minimum, and from an article I read, schools only focuse on post 1877 American history. Now the history channel’s shows are things like ‘American pickers’ and ‘pawn starts’. Our great history is being replaced by shows of people selling junk, and it makes me sad to see this is the American people’s priority.
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” – George Santayana So how has this effected us and what can we expect to see in the future? Well for starters, not even fifty years ago a democrat would have been extremely pissed if you called them a socialist. In today’s world the line between a democrat and a socialist is almost nonexistent. You have kids rioting in the street every time there is a demonstration or protest that doesn’t side with their beliefs. Ironically we have people being attacked at “peaceful” protests, we have people demanding that confederate statues are taken down or having people’s names removed from monuments if they ever owned slaves, during a time in american history when slave ownership was completely normal and socially acceptable. The list goes on and on. I read an article, during an 8th grade field trip to the Jefferson memorial, when the ranger asked the group to name someone that was part of the creation of the declaration of independence or to name a constitutional amendment, the class was dumbfounded and couldn’t answer. These kids are the future leaders of this country, but are being forced into being ashamed of our history. Political correctness runs rampant because people are afraid of our history. Throughout the history of any country there were times that were riddled with messed up stuff. but they also have just as much good, and that is just as true for America’s history. We learn from history and we progress by following what worked as a template for the future and protect from repeating the bad.
Ricky – Freedom.firstname.lastname@example.org