Sunday, April 22, 2018

History

It has been fashionable lately to bemoan Americans', especially young Americans', ignorance of the Holocaust. But there's so much ignorance of history in general that I don't see these statistics as particularly surprising. I daresay that Americans, even millennials, still know more about the Holocaust than they do about many other historical topics, about which they know nothing at all. In fact as a classical musician and as one who loves the authentic Germany of many centuries before 1918, I resent it that most bookstores' "Germany" history shelves tend to be dominated by books about the Nazis, as if 1933-45 were the only twelve years in all of German history that matter.

However little millennials know about Nazi atrocities, I bet they know even less about numerically greater Communist atrocities, which is why the work of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (even if I disagree with its Americanist orientation) is so important. So yes, history education needs to be improved, but in all areas, not just this area. I was lucky in that I had an excellent 9th grade world history teacher, and read a lot on my own, but many were probably not that fortunate, and why do high schools require only one year of non-US history?

1 comment:

Unknown said...

WHY IS THE US HISTORY TAUGHT TODAY DEVOID OF FOCUS ON THE DECLARATION, THE CONSTITUTION, AND THE BILL OF RIGHTS? ON THE ROLE AND TREATMENT OF LOYALISTS? WHILE REPLETE WITH EVERY POSSIBLE PERSONAL FOIBLE, SCANDAL, CALUMNY, OR TOR HISTORICAL "FACTS" SURROUNDING THE FOUNDERS AND THEIR CONTINUED STRIVING TO ACHIEVE EQUAL TREATMENT BEFORE THE LAW AND THE FRANCHISE FOR ALL AMERICAN CITIZENS....

NOT PERFECT BUT WAY BETTER THAN ALL THE REST, AND WORTH OF PROPER STUDY ANALYSIS AND APPRECIATION FOR ITS EXCEPTIONAL HISTORICAL CHARACTER AND POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY OF LIMITED GOVERNMENT

TODAY'S HIGH SCHOOLERS HAVEN'T A CLUE ABOUT THE FOREGOING, NOR ABOUT THE AMAZING AND WORLD HISTORY CHANGING PATRIOTISM OF THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS WHO ANSWERED THE CALL TO DEFEND FREEDOM IN WW I AND WW II, MANY OF WHOM PAID THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE

POPPY DAY? CLUELESS.


THEY HAVE LEARNED NEITHER THE ESSENTIAL CONCEPTS OF OF OUR FORM OF GOVERNMENT NOR DO THEY KNOW THE MAJOR RELEVANT FACTS OR THE NAMES OF THE ACTORS WHO FORGED OUR NATION'S HISTORY.

SINCE THE KNOWN NO GEOGRAPHY, THEY ARE NATURALLY CLUELESS ABOUT EUROPE, THE HISTORY AND LITERATURE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION, OR WORLD HISTORY WRIT LARGE.....O TEMPORA, O MORES!















JAMES I W CORCORAN,ESQ, (HARVARD '63, HLS '66, HLS '67) SMD (GOV. WM BRADFORD), UEL


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