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" Facts: • National History Standards Controversy • Alternative ways of Teaching History • Media and Technology in the Classroom Issues: • • • • • Racial, Ethnic, and Religious diversity Gender bias in the Classroom Role of parents, teachers, administrators, and the government in history education Bias on how history has been written in the textbooks and how it has been taught Student reaction to history
Implications: • Effects on Children • How they will view history • How will they view themselves and others • Changes in roles of parents, administrators, and the government • Teaching methods • Discussion • Technology • Writing Intensive Courses • Possible Changes to Curriculum • Political Tug-of-war and/or Heated debates
The topic of my presentation is "How Should History be Taught in U. For example there has a controversy of sorts about media bias. After all. and the government. and the govemment in history education. Those who favor the liberal view favor a more politically correct view while those who favor a more conservative view favor a more itraditional view of how history should be taught. I feel that education is vital to the strength and survival of peoples and nations. the real reason behind the controversy is diversity. The more conservative view of Israel is that Israel didn’t take Palestinian land. how will schools catch up with ever-changing diversity of our nation? What should also be noted are the alternative ways of teaching history and who are the influences of how history is being viewed before our very eyes and how it has been taught to our children? The issues in this report that are covered are the issues of diversity. the wife of our Vice President. two of them stand out diversity and bias. and secondary schools. For example. the real Palestinians were of Indo-European origin. the roles of parents. How will children view history or rather once they are taught history how will they view themselves and others? Will the changes in roles of parents. Egypt. and political tug-of—wars. and heated debates. and student reaction to history. one wonders if the media and the Internet have also done its share in giving students a biased view of history. teachers. Is there an objective outlet? Should parents have greater control in terms of determining the curriculum of their students? What can parents do to make sure that their children are getting the best education? History is a broad subject in itself So it is no surprise that this broad subject has this same problem in colleges and universities as well as primary. teaching methods. if any. as many of the Arabs are today. Their view is that there should be a Palestinian state. That very person is Lynne Cheney. bias in how history has been written in the textbooks and how it has been taught. the changes in roles of parents. the Palestinians of old were not Arabs from Jordan. . they should not have a separate Palestinian state. Lebanon. notice how the nation of Israel has been covered in the media and on the Internet. the very people who Israel has oppressed. I also feel that being knowledgeable and well-education can do wonders for a society not just spiritually and economically but in other ways as well. With a more diverse population. it is how those inclusions should be taught is what they differ. While technology has increasingly been used in many classrooms. Looking at the tive issues. and Syria. teachers. administrators. What is interesting to note that alongside the political views.S. The more liberal view of Israel is that it has killed thousands of Palestinians. will technology have in the classroom? Will teaching history ever be a top priority though we make speeches about it all the time? Will politicians and others ever realize that teaching history of any people have an effect on them and will in term have an effect on the state of our schools? Having said that. While both sides agreed that history education should be more inclusive. curriculum. The Palestinians were never a displaced people oppressed by Israel. teachers. The debate was a heated debate at that. administrators. middle. In fact. The opposition ran along political lines. There is a correlation between diversity and bias and all of the other issues. gender bias. not Semitic origin. administrators and the government decrease or increase? Should there be more discussion in teaching history? Should history be a writing intensive course and what effects. Schools”? The National History Standards was ironically funded partly by one the people who opposed changes to Amendments that were made. The implications are the effects on children.
Potterfield Class: EDUC 613 Mini-Report Course: Contemporary Issues in Education and Society ."How Should History be Taught at U.S. 2003 Instructor: Dr. Schools?" By Gail Gerald February 4.
I feel that all of us should have a sense of belonging. One such alternative view is known as Afrocentricity. Eurocentric education that has been taught in American schools for decades. many parents have either pulled their children out of public schools and/or homeschooled their kids. As a matter of fact. Others actually believe that it is boys who are being left out. This can be attributed to the stereotypes often associated with what girls and boys may succeed in and the fewer opportunities women often had in previous years. as was the case in the past'? Who decides what goes into our textbooks and which grade levels should learn which specific facts? Should a first or even a fourth grader who is an African-American learn about slavery and its devastating effects? What grade should that child leam about such a tragedy in A. They need self-esteem. What solutions are there so that girls will not be left out? But is that the case with history as it is in math and science? Because of the deplorable condition in many of our public schools. primarily by race and ethnicity. but also for their desire to learn. they think of centering our nation’s history from an African perspective and that it is beneficial only for blacks. People nowadays talk much about young girls being left out in the classrooms. how will history be taught so that all students will be included and not left out. I strongly believe that is one ofthe reasons right there. The conservative view on the history standards is that students should learn about the patriotism and other traditional American values. the public schools are in deplorable condition. there are many people who offer other alternatives to the traditional ways of teaching education. Many feel that there is nothing wrong with inclusion. I think that telling students the truth could not only do wonders for their self-esteem. We should all know from whence we came. As our nation becomes increasingly more diverse. Obviously with this topic. Yes. which is in itself is a controversial view. The liberal view is that there needs to be a change in how we teach history in order for our nation’s history curriculum to be more inclusive. The controversy is based largely on the Amendments made to the National History Standards back in 1992. religion. and gender should learn about the history of those like them. founded this country. ethnicity. who also in fact. it is better for their children to separate from the larger society. as it is today. Those problems include gender Q bias in the classrooms. and gender. Some even feel that in order for their children to get a quality education. They also say that girls are in need of role models. All children. Ithink it is horrible that generations of children in America have been lied to and have not known the truth about their ovm nation. I think that the truth needs to be told. Those standards have created a controversy based on politics. But most of all. Afrocentricity is about teaching history using African principles that benefit all and can be used as a teaching tool by all. language. Diversity is the theme for the controversy. race. History is about telling a story that is about all of us good or bad. Children are being taught to memorize facts that they feel . Afrocentricity is an alternative to the traditional. especially within the last decade. a nation of people whose ancestors came from over 100 nations and multitudes of tongues? Or should they leam about how people who called themselves Christians took part in enslaving millions of Africans and not learn about in History who truly exhibited true Christian values? Will teaching children those tragedies only or on a larger scale be a justification for not teaching history in a more traditional light? Our schools have many problems as we all know. When most people think of Afrocentricity. regardless of race.merica’s history? What lines should be drawn? Part of the controversy is that history has been revised for the purposes of political correctness and inclusion. According to Molefi Asante. much is at stake. But is that worth telling an 8-year old that Thomas Jefferson was actually a hypocritical leader who owned slaves? Or should children learn that Thomas Jefferson was one of our leaders.There has been heated debate as to how the subject of History should be taught in American schools.
But I also know that many people. But I also know that some of my ancestors were free people as well. However. teachers and parents have a tremendous influence when it comes to how a child should deal with those tragic events in history. Those who have died long ago were someone’s parents or great—grandparents. They want their minds stimulated. black. History in its truest form is about telling the story of those that lived before us and of many who are living now. How can the truths about the past be used by our generation? How much influence does history really have on our lives? I may have already answered these questions. Students need to leam how to think for themselves. Spanish or English speaking have done much to shape the fabric of America. Why can’t students learn of the slave narratives alongside the owners’ stories? Why can’t we learn of the story of the Jewish teacher and the black students he taught in the l950s? Why can’t we leam about the about the women who worked in the factories while the men fought and died for this country during WWII? Nobody’s stories should have to be taught last or ‘relegated’ to the back of a textbook. and how far we have to go. the motivations of politics I believe will do much damage to an already problem-ridden public school system. Many of our children don’t like school. or Jefferson. But I do wonder how teaching history would have an effect on a I0-year old child who has just learned about slavery. freed and slave.they will never use. Ibelieve that we should leam about our history. I am not proud of what many Americans have done. and white. red. because of its great influence on our lives. I do not feel that traditional values should be left out of teaching history either. I feel that excluding a large percentage of the population has done a lot of harm. children want to learn. Wong. Much of what children have been taught may very well be lies and revisions based on the writer’s biases. I think history is vital. They don’t like going to school. I think it should be taught by not only those who know the truth. As a matter of fact. but who also won’t compromise it. Belle. Despite the fact that politics will always play a role in our lives including our education. For history to be taught properly in our schools. I also feel that revising history for political ccrrectness’ sake is also doing a lot of damage. but to reiterate. the irony of all of that is. That story of America needs to be told regardless if the persons’ last name is Gonzalez. Many of them did not own slaves or were members of any white supremacist group. I know that many of my ancestors were enslaved. it also needs to come to life as a part of reality that once existed years ago. or the Holocaust. . dealing with and teaching these events will have an effect as the course of events in generations to come. I feel that in those situations. Would it have a detrimental effect as to that child hating all white Americans or Germans? Or would it create a spark in that child’s mind that something needs to be done about the evil in the world? Countless stories have been told of children making contributions to our society and our world. removal of Native Americans from their homeland. They did not come to this country like everybody else. They want to do well. It is a timetable of how far we have come.
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