Re: Dr. Walter Williams on secession
This is a very good idea Dennis. The problem is finding enough people and a school that would be brave enough to buck the system. If schools aren't in compliance, the state and the feds pull the funding. Public schools are like county or state owned businesses. Florida isn't getting much if any of the stimulus money for education because it didn't spend more on education last year than the year before. There were legitimate reasons for that but the Feds don't care. The texbooks are chosen by the state and district committees and the dollar figure wins over content. The sad truth is that most parents are just happy if their kid gets the English, Math and Science right. They could care less about History. Working at a school where most of our students are from military families, it makes sense that many of them don't have the interest in some events but one would think they would care about the National historical evolution. Heck, they don't even consider cursive writing a needed skill now.
I would love to see things like History Clubs or Debate Teams as part of school offerings. I have been thinking about having an essay contest for our school on Civil War history and offering a savings bond as a prize. I have to talk to the principal about it. She would be open to it but not sure if district would allow it. There has to be some way to get students today to understand the impact the Civil War had on the Nation, and most of it in the South, so they can better understand how their actions as voting adults can influence the lives of a whole lot of people. They need to equate History lessons to living, breathing people who were part of it. Not an abstract idea as it is now. They do not see how what the South lived through during Reconstruction is still a part of the lives of the locals now. Odd, they do kind of understand the Civil Rights issue but it's skewed so they think it was the real Civil War.