the end of establishment history?
September 20, 2010 2 Comments
Barbara Frank writes,
Schools are increasingly reducing the amount of history taught to today’s children. A while back I noted in one of my newsletters that in North Carolina schools, there’s a proposal to stop teaching events in U.S. history that occurred before 1877. Meanwhile, in England they’re reducing and sometimes even eliminating the study of history in schools
Her assessment: "This is tragic."
I’m not so sure. Why is it a bad thing that governments might stop teaching their official version of history?
In my experience, the hardest thing about talking to people about real history is all the fake history that was used to indoctrinate them (I mean, us) back in school. Didn’t the Industrial Revolution create poverty? Weren’t the masses worse off in the era of laissez-faire? (Wasn’t there an era of laissez-faire?) Wasn’t the Civil War about slavery? Didn’t Lincoln free the slaves? Didn’t the Civil War settle the question of secession? Didn’t Progressives save us through increased regulation? Wasn’t Big Business opposed to the Progressive Era growth in regulation? Didn’t laissez-faire lead to the Great Depression? Didn’t the New Deal get us out of the Depression? (Or was it World War II that got us out of the Great Depression?) Wasn’t World War II “the good war” fought by “the greatest generation,” thereby improving the conditions of people throughout Europe? Didn’t the Marshall Plan save Europe? And on and on.
I’m shocked by how radical homeschoolers aren’t.
I’m dismayed by how low the general suspicion of the state is in homeschooling circles (or maybe it’s just the secular homeschooling circles with which I’m more familiar).
In my opinion, the mass indoctrination that takes place in government-school history classes is one of the most insidious aspects of the 20th century.
Having the state back off from that agenda (if that’s what they’re really doing) is difficult for me to see as tragic.