A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.
I came across this quote and it stuck with me. There is so much concern of history repeating itself with this current administration. While there is more information available for everyone, there seems to be less education. All this nonsense about "fake news" and "alternative facts." Can history be made up? No, it happened, look it up! Deny history as much as you want, it will bite you in the ass sooner or later. The Holocaust happened! Protesting can change things! Slaves were not immigrants who came here by choice!
There's so much spinning, it's hard not to get dizzy. I've been revisiting U.S and Global History. I grew up in the New York public school system in the 80s and early 90s and honestly, I didn't learn much about our history (cue What a Wonderful World). It was very safe - Lincoln freed the slaves, the US freed the Jews from Germany and got us out of the Depression, Blacks had to drink from different water fountains in the South until Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. came along, uh...there was a war Vietnam. It's embarrassing now that I look back. I don't entirely blame my schools, I'm pretty sure I spaced out a lot during history. I remember taking a history class in high school which was all about Europe from like the 1500-1600s, I don't remember shit.
Now I love history, I want to absorb as much as possible - mostly in the form of documentaries. I love what people like Ken Burns and Tom Hanks are doing to keep history alive and interesting in this world of super short attention spans (guilty). Oliver Stone has a great documentary series on Netflix, The Untold History of the United States, worth checking out. I can understand why World War II isn't covered much because it was pretty fucking huge. Vietnam War was a cluster fuck which made the U.S. look really, really bad so let's just gloss over that. I wish they talked more about WWII and Vietnam because I knew (from movies, of course) just how bad and ugly it was and felt it was important to learn more about. I'm curious about what schools are teaching now about 9/11 and the never ending war in Afghanistan.
I hope schools are more open and honest about how U.S. History is taught. It's not all great and moral and the bad stuff didn't only happen centuries ago. I know there are concerns about parents getting butt hurt worried about brainwashing their kids. Whatever. Maybe I'll save that for another time. Is that what college is for?