Teaching The TruthI was reading a friends blog today which was partially about banned books and textbooks misrepresenting the facts. This in turn made me think of this topic.
When teaching history, I put the history books aside and used them only as a timeline. History books do not necessarily lie, but they misrepresent the truth by only telling partial facts. When we got to certain parts of history, I used other sources, such as presidential speeches. For example, if you read Lincolns speeches, he appears to be a bigot by today’s standards.
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"I have no purpose to introduce political and social equality between the white and black races. There is a physical difference between the two, which, in my judgment, will probably forever forbid their living together upon the footing of perfect equality: and inasmuch as it becomes a necessity that there must be a difference, I, as well as Judge Douglas, am in favor of the race to which I belong having the superior position. I have never said anything to the contrary." - Response to Senator Stephen Douglas in an 1858 debate in Ottawa, Illinois.
There are many more, but you should get the point with those two.
I prefer my children to learn a better-rounded point of view by taking a look at all sides of the matter. So far, I have been very happy with the result. Their opinions may differ from mine, but they are coming to their own conclusions ba
My two oldest children who are 14 and 17 can explain the importance of the constitution and tell you what every amendment is and what it means. My youngest daughter, who is 11, is learning it right now.
Right now, my 14 year old son is working on writing persuasive essays. The most recent topic that I gave him was homeschool vs. public school, but he decided it was boring and came up with his own topic. He chose to write it about the Patriot Act. I printed it out for him and he has been dissecting it. When he doesn't know what a particular word means he looks it up. As he has been reading it, he comes to me in awe showing me which amendment it breaks. He actually has a real interest in this subject. Being a constitutionalist, this makes me very proud.