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  •  we have a culture of ignorance (0+ / 0-)

    no amount of tinkering with the system can overcome that.

    how can we reverse decades of bashing of teachers?

    i'm not sure.

    but high schools don't even teach history past WWII.  

    imagine if we had stopped our history lessons at 1900?

    we are an ignorant bunch.  truly ignorant.

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    by BlueDragon on Thu Dec 29, 2011 at 06:44:52 AM PST

    •  not true (0+ / 0-)

      high schools may not get up to the full present in American history, but usually get at least to Reagan Revolution, and often through Clinton.  Problem is that in states with statewide tests the amount of material that needs to be covered is simply too much.

      I graduated from hs in '63.  I took regular US history in 11th and AP in 12th.  Neither time did we get past 1st Eisenhower administration.  Interesting to note that we have more than an additional half century of history from 1956, and almost a half century from 1963.   We cannot cover all we learned and still leave time and room for important things since -  Great Society, Reagan "revolution", Vietnam War, Watergate, etc. etc. etc.

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      by teacherken on Thu Dec 29, 2011 at 06:57:53 AM PST

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      •  my students report (0+ / 0-)

        otherwise.

        nothing past WWII

        perhaps they ripped out the last pages of their history texts

        i confirmed this just last week with a recent grad.

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        by BlueDragon on Thu Dec 29, 2011 at 07:21:17 AM PST

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