I Have a Gripe

June 14, 2011

The Importance of American History

Filed under: Education — alvb1227 @ 11:55 pm
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A report was released today that highlighted the poor understanding today’s students have of American history. I believe this issue is due to a variety of different reasons.

First and foremost, if you aren’t a test score, you may as well not exist in today’s school system. At this point, history is slightly above music, which is pretty far down down the list. Additionally, if your class’ subject matter isn’t associated with either math or science, you really aren’t getting much attention. Those three items are what makes up today’s schools: math, science and testing. Period.

I also firmly believe that today many are far too focused on being a “citizen of the world” as our President likes to call it. We are failing to teach today’s students what American exceptionalism is all about. I also believe that we are becoming too politically correct. As a result, we do not feel proud to be American and all we have accomplished. Everyone is too worried they will offend someone who is not an American or has a different heritage. How can we move forward as a nation if we don’t understand our past?

I believe we as a nation really need to take a serious look at what we are teaching our children and how we are teaching it. First, eliminate standardized tests. They are just about useless. By doing so, we can actually teach our children how to think critically instead of just spitting out data for a meaningless test. It is critical thinking that is key to innovation and moving our nation forward. Second, be proud to be an American! Take your children to national landmarks during summer vacation. Talk to family members who have served in the military to learn about their experiences. Most importantly, be proud to be American!

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2 Comments »

  1. Promote Scouting! It covers all the basics, creates good citizens. 😀

    Comment by :-D — June 15, 2011 @ 3:39 am | Reply

  2. WE ARE A GREAT NATION WE ALWAYS HAVE BEEN A GREAT NATION AND I AM PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN.

    Comment by Panama corporation — July 1, 2011 @ 6:54 am | Reply


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