It was brought up about the amount of History that is being taught in our schools. How much and how much depth should we go ?
Harry Truman was an amateur historian, but he stated by knowing history, you will know what would happen in the future. He was especially speaking of countries and thier government. I have always remembered that.
I made straight A's in American History in college, because of my background as a young man. Yes at the shoeshine stand, customers would tell me stories of thier lives and what "it was like for them" during thier lives. I transposed this into many of my history papers, and the instructor, just loved them.
On vacation, we would always go someplace in a historical setting. Gettysburg, Washington DC, Pilot Knob, Springfield Il (Lincoln museum), and just all over the United States. This real life, up close instructor has made an imprint of what some folks have gone through for this country.
But my new question is: Just how much History should be taught in our schools ? What depth should we go in ?
The comment has been made that WWII is merely a half of page. Vietnam is a paragraph with the word "mistake" in it.
Have you ever watched Jay Leno, where he asks people on the street about History ? Most of them are so far away from the right answer, it is pathetic.
I perhaps dig deeper in some things than others, because I am a Mason. Many of our early forefathers were Masons, too. Yes there is a lot of Masonic influence in our basic principles. Example, the Boston Tea Party..."they" met at the Green Dragon Tavern...if you read earlier accounts, they will say...they met UPSTAIRS at the tavern....guess what is upstairs ??? A Masonic Lodge.... !!!!
However, let me go on...."the Greatest generation" Our grandmothers and grandfathers who lived during WWII should never be forgotten, once again...the unity of the nation, was something like we never have seen before. Our soldiers, our uso entertainers, our factory workers, and even those who were diligrnt in prayer, helped this nation win a victory. This setup our lives for the next 50 years until the Berlin wall came down...
Why did my kids spend 5 days at our school on Dr. King ??? 5 days...but you don't talk about the Revolutionary war but for a day ? WWI and WWII in fifteen minutes.
Let me hear what you have to say !!!!
Mark the shoeshine boy