Todays post is a bit of a rant...first let me tell you the background story/reason for my rant.
I am a firm believer that "those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it" (Winston Churchill), and while our American history is full of evil...it is also full of hope, and love, and justice, and when our children are not taught the full history of their heritage, they are bound to make the same mistakes. I am very proud of my military family...past and present...that give their lives for our freedom...the freedom to learn from our past and to bless the future of our children.
This is my dad...Chester Raczka. He served in the navy during WWII, and was stationed on the USS Lexington and the USS Wasp, both of which sunk. He also fought in the Battle of Midway. I am so proud of him. My husband Chuck was also a navy man, as is my grand-daughter and her husband, and another grandson-in-law. I also have a grandson in the army, plus numerous nieces and nephews. And I am so proud of them all. Now the reason for my rant....last night at the dinner table, Hannah and I were talking about all sorts of things. Somehow we got on the subject of my dad, and I told her that he served in the war. She asked if it was like the show M.A.S.H. and I told her that was the Korean War. She asked if that was the one with Hitler, and I responded, no, that was WWII, to which she responded "oh, that's Hogans Heros". How sad that she is learning history from sitcoms on our classic tv stations and not from her teachers at school. I had asked her before about her classes at school, and today they are not teaching American history, but they are teaching about world cultures and land masses and people groups. Really? People groups? How can our children avoid our past mistakes as "people groups" if we don't tell them, and teach them, our history, good and bad. I remember being in elementary school (grade K-6) and learning the 50 states, and their capitals, and even the flowers, trees, and birds. I also learned about the pilgrims and the Revolutionary war, and the Indians and the move west, (including the wrongs we did to the Indians), and so much more. When,and where, are our children learning that today?
I for one will be teaching my children more myself. Time for visits to museums, and history videos. What about you? How will you help teach our future to not repeat our past?