Whether students are zooming in or in class, they all need to learn American history

Helen Dunmore

As American students return to school, many questions pop up in people’s minds. Will the school be back online? Will the students come back in person? Or will we see some kind of hybrid?

Classroom shapes our Students a make them perfect citizens:

In the past few decades, due to the federal government’s test requirements for reading and mathematics and the high emphasis on STEM education, history and government have often been put aside in K-12 education. .

It’s no wonder that the latest U.S. History and Citizens’ National Assessment of Educational Progress test available to thousands of U.S. eighth-graders in 2018 show that only 24{7d6bb1f761e691f027164c9fe6d1ebbc4659a250013ce39dc45a15ede39dbac5} of students perform at or above “skilled” citizenship levels and anemia 15{7d6bb1f761e691f027164c9fe6d1ebbc4659a250013ce39dc45a15ede39dbac5} Demonstrate satisfactory knowledge and understanding of American history?

The problem does not stop there. When students do study the United States, it increasingly passes through the lens of the country’s shortcomings and evils. So, a recent Gallup poll found that only a quarter of young people said they were “very proud” of being an American. Isn’t that surprising? Perhaps, more important is the gap between the patriotic pride of young people and the elderly which may reflect the diminishing and politicizing of civic education.

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The Gallup report said:

“Compared with older peers, young Americans are less likely to express pride in this country,” noting that there have been “only moderate age differences” in the past few years.

They need to understand that, in essence, the story of the United States is that we are constantly striving to live up to the basic principles proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence and embodied in the Constitution: all people are “born equal”; they are all “given by the Creator” Certain inalienable rights”; they should all enjoy equal protection of the law.

America is not perfect, but our values ​​are perfect. We must not cover up or downplay the terrible way the United States failed to live up to its principles. But students also need to know that these principles, not our failure to comply with them are the essence of America. They need to know that these principles inspired great Americans such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglas, Susan B. Anthony, and Martin Luther King Jr. to fight for freedom and equality. To understand the full story of the United States, we also need to put aside the textbook and return to the original material itself. Textbooks are often boring or biased or both.
If they read the text of the “Declaration of Independence” and the “Constitution”, they will understand what makes us “a nation”, as the declaration says.

They can understand what it means to be American:

If they discover Lincoln, Douglas, King, and the other American creators we know today, they can enter the world of those who wrote American stories and better understand the struggle for freedom.

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