Re: Dr. Walter Williams on secession
I wish we could let teachers just teach Dennis. Today's teachers have so much on their plate that is mandated they just do not have the time to devote to teaching anything other than the lesson in the book. A few may find some time to digress, but most are just too tired to bother. They never know when a parent will find fault with it and NO teacher wants that type of trouble.
I do have one 4th grade teacher who ask me to come in each year to talk about local history and she has asked many questions on the Civil War (she's from Maine too). The kids are interested and ask very detailed questions for their age. I get the sense they want to learn more but there's only so much in the textbook. Most don't cover the Southern anything. I would imagine it to be like classrooms during Reconstruction. Those teachers, from the North in many cases, didn't teach anything with a Southern slant either.
The best way to be sure that our children are getting at least another viewpoint is to do it ourselves as parents and grandparents. Even the information on the Revolutionary War has been so condensed that they don't get it, we need to pass that along also. Like I said, the largest section in the American History textbooks that I have seen is on the 1960's. Shame too, much of the important stuff has been delegated to reference books and we know how often kids look at them.