You are informed Doyle. Very informed. So far I feel like I'm getting a lot done with my 'talks' each year. The students ask some very interesting questions and they do want detailed anwers. One of my favorite questions was on why the South fired on Sumter. They listened and asked more questions. They may just be 4th graders but they are seeing there's more to a story than what is in their textbook. I'll be speaking to them again in a couple of weeks and this time I'm including some Native American information. Florida History is what the 4th graders study and they have a booklet on Osceola that is factual, but only on PC type points. I'm going to give em an earful on that. I suspect they'll be surprised when I tell em what was done to his body when he died. I also hope to get the treaties with the Confederate government into the discussion. Let them have more food for thought. I have old family photo's and get to explain who in them is the daughter or son of a Confederate veteran. I only have one photo of one of my vet Grands and show it and explain how he got his arm shot off. They eat this stuff up.I let them ask the questions but I sort of guide them to an area where it will be on something I can 'clear up' from their text. So far, so good.
If I were 20 years younger, there are things I would change that could put me in a position to do more than I can now.