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Old May 23rd, 2013, 01:38 PM   #1
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In the public school system much of what is taught in the classroom is driven by the state mandated end of year testing. The final test for my U.S. History kids (compiled by a national testing organization) had 55 questions covering 1877 to 9-11. One would think the questions would touch upon the most important 55 events, people, actions of American History. I will give you a list of topics. You guess which were included on the final exam...and which were omitted:

1.) Iran-Contra Scandal
2.) Korean War
3.) Gideon v. Wainwright
4.) Gitmo (rights of terrorist)
5.) Pearl Harbor
6.) Don't ask don't tell
7.) Bush #1 "New World Order Speech"
8.) Berlin Wall
9.) D-Day, June 6th, 1944
10.) Tet Offensive
11.) Navajo Code Talkers
13.) Holocaust
14.) Japanese internment
15.) Hollywood 10
16.) Sputnik
17.) Bill Clinton balances the budget.
18.) Watergate
19.) Sullivan v. New York Times
20.) 1920's Red Scare and Palmer Raids
21.) United States puts a man on the moon.
22.) MLK "I Have a Dream Speech."
23.) John F. Kennedy is assassinated.
24.) Marshall Plan
25.) Truman Doctrine
26.) Civilian Conservation Corps
27.) FDR , New Deal, and role of federal government.
28.) Wilson's 14 Points
29.) Collapse of the Soviet Union
30.) Immigrants: Europe in late 19th century, Mexico and Latin America today.
31.) Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell,Wright Brothers
32.) LBJ and Great Society
33.) Reagan and 1980's conservatism
34.) Chinese Exclusionary Act
35.) Malcom X
36.) Battle of the Bulge
37.) Manhatten Project
38.) Battle of Iwo Jima
39.) 1960's Counterculture Movement
40.) Earth Day

Omitted: 2,3,5,8,9,10,13,16,21,23,24,25,28,29,31,33,36,37,3 8
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Old May 23rd, 2013, 02:18 PM   #2

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Now that is pretty sad. Well, very sad. But as I said on another thread, American history is always contemporary politics in disguise. One would think that history should give us balance and perspective. Of course that includes having important conversations about the warts, but without context even those discussions are meaningless.
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It is sad because this is not the way one develops a love and passion for history..

Plain and simple, This is indoctrination..
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Old May 23rd, 2013, 04:08 PM   #4

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It is sad because this is not the way one develops a love and passion for history..

Plain and simple, This is indoctrination..
I agree. No wonder the American education system is going down the drain.
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Old May 23rd, 2013, 05:54 PM   #5

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I wish I could say that it gets better in college, but it doesn't.
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Old May 23rd, 2013, 05:58 PM   #6

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I wish I could say that it gets better in college, but it doesn't.
But at least there I could pick courses and be exposed to professors with different viewpoints. (Admittedly, this is going back a few... decades...)
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Good God... What are we preparing ourselves for?
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Old May 23rd, 2013, 07:59 PM   #8

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I don't really see the problem. This isn't a list of topics omitted in the teaching of classes, this is a list of questions that are or aren't on a test for a class that likely covered all these topics.

If you're really interested in learning about how and why the history standards got created, why not check out a primary source? Gary Nash was instrumental in the creation of the NES for American history.

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It is sad because this is not the way one develops a love and passion for history..

Plain and simple, This is indoctrination..
I think it's sad that you think that taking a final exam is a good way to develop "love and passion" for any topic.
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I'm confused. If these are the only things taught that enable an American High School student to graduate then how do Americans prepare for the SAT? Just knowing about these things will not suffice if one wishes to do well on the SAT. I teach classes that help Chinese students prepare and in our classes we get into some deep discussions about Major and minor Supreme Court Cases plus the attitudes of Americans and the deep seated reasons for westward expansion.

In order to do well on the SAT a student must be versed in the more philosophical aspects of American history and running through these numbered topics just are not good enough.
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