posted on Dec, 16 2007 @ 06:45 PM
In American schools all of the liberal arts are taught: Art, Literature, Mathematics, Sciences, Philosophy, and last but not least, History. From
K-12, social studies were and are either about world history, Western European history, or American history; but hardly ever any Eastern civilization
In my middle school and high school years I became more politically aware of the struggle between the Eastern civilizations and the
Western civilizations, and not so much of internal conflict in the West. However everytime I tried to analyze the situations, there is always either a
bias or blank in my knowledge of the East, and espicially China.
In all of my years of studying, there had never been any real and formal lectures on Asian or Islamic countries and thus I tend to only get
one side of the story and not understand current events. In my oppinion, American schools should integrate more Eastern history into its social study
courses, because most Americans are typhically unaware of the reasons behind Western and Eastern conflicts.
If I recall correctly, my eleventh grade social studies teacher was extremely "bold" in his words. He meandors throughout the year
always picking on Asian students and calling them "Commies", yet the Asians did not retaliate, and the other non-Asian students started learning
from his words. Ignorant? Yes. Unacceptable? Absolutely.