I write too often about the state of American education. As a homeschooling school system drop-out, my opinion is jaded to say the least–and well likely to annoy a strong percentage of readers.
But I can’t help myself.
Tonight’s post is inspired by the truly adorable nine-year-old Brandon. Perhaps you’ve seen his interview:
This kid, man. He is cute. I like his smile, and I want to pinch his cheeks. Perhaps, he is not a good example of why I homeschool. After all, he is much more likely to have absorbed that “we’ll be goin’ back to the crop fields” opinion from home than from the classroom.
Still, though, his family got that opinion from somewhere. Why would tender, loving parents want to spread this kind of racial poison to their child?
This question brings me back to the state of American education.
Brandon’s dad may have been taught like I was in 8th grade social studies: liberals are generous, and conservatives are stingy. We seem fairly close in age. Perhaps he suffers from the problem explained in The Dustbin of History:
“Are young people distracted and uninterested in the process that created their environment? Probably not. The system of education in the U.S. is the culprit. Numbing lectures and political propaganda disguised as textbooks have deadened learning since the mid-70s, instigated by education radicals who appropriated the class room to peddle a new version of human events based on jargon and utopian claptrap.”
Deadened learning. These words perfectly describe my usual feelings about history. Only recently have I begun to realize history’s importance. Living in the United Kingdom was key. There, a typically too-narrow bridge was mostly annoying, but it was built by monks eight hundred years ago. When I learned this fact, I felt more awe than annoyance.
Americans aren’t taught history anymore. Not in public school. History has been diluted and julianned until it consists of an entirely unpalatable conglomeration of sterile facts, dates, and labels. One can argue until blue in the face about whether the public school system is effectively educating its students, but I know better.
I am a product of this system. I know first-hand that it does not effectively educate. History is presented in the most sterile and forgettable formula possible. I learned the only logical thing that stems from such curricula: history is boring and pointless:
“two generations of young Americans have lost interest in their own culture – and have difficulty grasping world events, just at the moment globalization has altered human existence. Soon no one will care, and America will continue its own journey to the dustbin of history.”
Hopefully, the part about American’s journey into the dustbin of history is quite reversable. We’ll see, come Tuesday. Four more days to go.
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