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  •  Amazing, but I don't doubt what you are (3+ / 0-)
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    Sychotic1, princss6, conlakappa

    saying. That's why, though I graduated in '69 (heh, we had 69 stickers all over our HS yearbooks) I agreed with the commenter above who spoke of so much time spent on early American history while labor struggles, the Depression, voting rights, women's rights etc got rushed through at the end.

    Since I didn't teach on the HS level, I am mostly thinking of what I learned as a public HS student who graduated when the anti-Vietnam war, civil rights and environmental movements were still going strong.

    And, I have the point of view of a parent whose children graduated HS in 2004 and 2007.  My daughter's AP History teacher was pretty successful in terms of the AP scores that his students achieved over a long career in public education. I do thank him for preparing my children for the AP test which they both received "5" scores for.

    Still, he started off the year with his old, probably laminated, class notes of how there were three races: the Black, the White and the Yellow. I'm not sure that he actually said "yellow" but, yes, his notes broke all of us down into three groups.

    So, if we are going to talk about the realities of how class and race work in this society, we have a lot of work to do.

    President Obama cannot spend his days pounding the podium and attempting to educate people who aren't listening to him for a variety of reasons.

    If the media because of their corporate directives, and public education because of Cold War fears, and tv/movies/advertising are selling us lies about how class and race work in this society, how do change things?

    You have to get over the color green; you have to quit associating beauty with gardens and lawns; you have to get used to an inhuman scale; you have to understand geological time- Wallace Stegner

    by blindyone on Sun Aug 14, 2011 at 01:19:36 PM PDT

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    •  I started with my son who is now 22 (2+ / 0-)
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      blindyone, evergreen2

      He  is often gobsmacked at how  little his friends know about politics or  history.  I am the "cool" Mom who will yap their ear off if given half an chance in the hopes that  they retain a few seeds.

      If you think education is expensive, wait until you see how much stupid costs

      by Sychotic1 on Sun Aug 14, 2011 at 01:55:12 PM PDT

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      •  Yo tambien! (1+ / 0-)
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        Sychotic1

        My daughter was a competitive figure skater and I had to pick her up after school and drive her to the rink.

        The price I made her pay was she had to listen to Amy Goodman on the radio.

        It has paid off in spades.

        Namaste!

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