"Don't know much about history" used to be just a line in a song by Sam Cooke, but today it is also a huge part of the dumbing down of our children. I've been teaching for a quarter of a century and have seen the subtle and not so subtle dismantling of our children's education.
Lots of quotes are going through my mind these past few days..."Ignorance is bliss" and "Those who don't know their history are doomed to repeat it."
And a few others -
"Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted." (Vladimir Lenin)
"The education of all children, from the moment that they can get along without a mother's care, shall be in state institutions at state expense." (Karl Marx)
"Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed." (Joseph Stalin)
In recent decades, students (and their parents) and former students who are now parents, were made to become more dependent on the school system to provide children with just about everything except a place to sleep at night. While the government continues to dazzle them with another "promise", another "entitlement", another "freebie" at the hands of the taxpayers, the real reason for schools is being skewed. Schools are not homes or shelters and should not take the place of family and friends. Schools should be there, first and foremost, to educate our children. There is a big push for math and reading to be taught (though not always in the most direct and easy ways), and science seems to be making somewhat of a comeback, but history class is just that...history. Even PE gets more time allotted to it than history. When making schedules and having to complete a certain amount of minutes for the "important" subjects, history is an afterthought, if it's a thought at all.
It's no wonder that people don't know the real roots of the Confederate flag. I just read an article where the author correctly explained that a big part of the Civil War had to do to with states' rights, and someone typed a comment asking..."What rights are you talking about?" Really??? I'm not a history expert, but come on people...read a book!
If you don't have time to read a book, here are a couple of sites to get you started
Removing the Confederate flag is a knee-jerk reaction to those who don't understand history or who have a more sinister agenda. It goes back to the camel's nose in the tent...once he gets that far, his body is soon to follow. Once people succumb to this, what will be next? Could our US flag be far behind?
It is interesting to see that places like Apple will instantly remove a Civil War game app from its store because there is a Confederate flag in the game.
And a Confederate flag t-shirt on Amazon.com was just removed. Yesterday the shirt was available. Now, I can't even put a link on here for you to see it.
But, you know what is still readily available??? Che Guevara shirts and Communist and Socialist flags
Just click on these links to take a look.
Obama said he is going to change this country and that is one promise he is certainly keeping!