I’m almost finished with Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power, and Deception in American History and I picked up Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong just the other day.
I guess you could say I’m on a lying/morality kick.
So in the midst of beginning to explain/discuss the early days of our country with Emily, I’m learning that our history is far darker than I ever imagined. Which poses the question…what do I teach Emily about our history?
For me this is truly a question of ethics.
When I picked up Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, I decided to go directly to the Thanksgiving chapter. And wow, what an eye-opener. I hadn’t had any idea about the series of plagues that decimated the Native American population right at the time the Pilgrims moved into Plymouth Rock.
Towns filled with dead…
Grave-robbing by the Pilgrims…
And so much more.
I’m getting the feeling that, when I do address some of these issues, it needs to be when Emily can fully wrap her head around the ideas. In some ways, I think she is ready now, but I guess I’m wondering if I should wait at least a year or two before tackling some of these subjects.
I know one thing…
I’m determined to give her a clear, unadulterated, non-sugar-coated view of history. I think it is important for an individual, and a nation of individuals, to have that in their lives. Each time I think of feeding her the sweet and sugary b.s. alternative, the quote rings in my head, “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
What about you?
What do you think?