truthful education for our children

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I was wondering if there is any work going on in regard to truthful education for children. I home-school my children at this point to insure a foundation of reality early in life . I've observed the level of glossing over history COURthat pervades nearly all materials for young children.

Time does not allow me to share my thoughts about the history materials I've encountered in the Christian home schooling circles, let me just say it's very inaccurate and self serving to be brief. Yet a topic to be deeply looked at since the number of Christian home-schoolers is significant and these historical ideas (fantasies) taught to the children are shaping their world view. I'm working on a book now for my children called "From the Caves and Hillsides to the Moon," a refreshingly honest look at world history. I'd like to connect with other educators at this point to build and network about this topic.

The home-schoolers need accurate history studies to supplement the inaccurate or feel good history books. We must destroy the myth of the conqueror being the world civilizer. What I come across in my research is a lot of historical fiction that puts a real cheerful face on oppression and blindly focuses on what "Godly" character most citizens possessed and how good it all was back then. While mentioning genocide and particularly slavery, caucasian authors seem to be overlooking or rather omitting the true facts of this history. It's time to flip the script and let the truth be told, especially to the children who are coming up in this messed up world. They have a right to know the root of this troubled time and be given truth to inspire a new way of approaching life.

I think that with the state of the world nowadays everyone should be reminded of the universal law of cause and effect. There will be no peace on earth till there is justice – justice based on universal principals not just America's idea of justice.

Working with children is so valuable since they're not as filled with misinformation as adults and tend to be more objective and less emotional about history. I'm overjoyed to learn of CURE and to not feel so isolated in my love for the truth, even if it's against me. COURTNEY

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Courtney - The book by Zinn referenced above has been adapted for younger children and comes in two volumes of maybe 150 pages each. I purchased it for my children - 5th and 3rd graders. Some of the content is still a bit above their full comprehension, but it prompts them to ask questions and, ultimately, isn't that how any history is taught? I've also found it helpful to expose them to the many materials available now that are designed for children of color and generally found in Afro-centric or Latino-centric bookstores. The events are the same, but the viewpoint and interpretation is often quite different. We are also lucky that our public library in Montgomery Co., MD has a fair selection of similar books.

I think that it's most important to help our children figure out which questions to ask about any version of events - does this make sense to you? how to you suppose ___ felt to be treated that way? does that seem fair? what were the choices that ____ had in this situation? what would be the consequences of that decision? why did _____ think it was OK to treat people this way? does that rationale fit in with what you believe about how people should be treated? would you like to be treated that way? what would you do? does this remind of any situations at your school? what should you do? what's fair?

Glad to join the forum and join the conversation.

Victoria

I have to thank you for the suggestions. I home schooled my children up to 6th grade, but didn't have the Zinn book. It would have helped. After their time with me they entered public school where no one of their teachers questioned the textbook whitewash version of history.

In case you do not know about “A People’s History of the United States” by Howard Zinn (Perennial Classics-2003), this book is an accurate account of U. S. history. It could be read and understood by high school students. I would like to hear more about the efforts of Ms. Sullivan and others to find truthful materials about world history, and I would like to read her book when it is completed. There are some excellent books about African and African-American history and culture, written for adults and for children. Those by Lerone Bennett are especially good. I’m glad to hear about a home-schooling mother who is doing such an outstanding job. If only the public schools in the Pittsburgh area were as conscious.

I'm with you all the way. I am so glad for this group, and this forum, too. It seems a good way of breaking thru the lies, and telling the true story. I grew up in an African American neighborhood, and while my racist parents, who I love nevertheless, tried to override what I saw with racist reasoning about why my neighbor kids were so much worse off than I was, I simply used my own eyesight and hearing. I pitied my parents for their self imposed ignorance, when they now had the chance to observe for themselves.

At school I saw such inequity and cruelty that there was no other conclusion to come to: I recognized bold faced racism in 1950, at age 9, before I ever heard the term. Before we moved to that neighborhood, when I was 8, we had taken a trip to florida, where I was shocked, and wept hard to find out that the term "colored toilets" was not describing creative public washroom deco, but keeping African descended people away from supposedly superior white people's bathroom space.

So, since childhood I've been looking for like-minded white people, and have found many, but to have found a place on the internet where I can contribute to a hopefully growing white grassroots movement, is beyond my wildest dreams.

My absolute wildest dream is to see the situation we whites have brought about – completely reversed. Keep in touch, I'd love to hear more from you.