posted on Apr, 21 2004 @ 09:27 PM
Zero, they wouldn't be paranoid. As I previously stated, none of the evidence would be presented as fact. The more "accepted" theories would be
mentioned, but the point of the class would be to explore the evidence of the "conspiracy" theories. This way, students would think critically and
not believe everything they are told. They may become motivated to research major events.
For example, when talking about the JFK assassination, the accepted theory of Oswald acting alone would be presented, but the theories that it was the
CIA/FBI, LBJ, or the Mafia would receive equal attention. No idea would be criticized.
The reason I thought of this is because there is a kid in my US History 2 class who believes in conspiracies. Everytime the teacher mentions 9/11 he
says he thinks it was the government; when she mentions Iraq he thinks we're there only for oil. He is always ridiculed though and the teacher simply
gives a "Well, I don't think so." I defended him today by telling the teacher that she seems to put too much faith in the "honesty" of the
government. In a class such as the one I proposed, students such as he will be allowed to voice their opinions and do research without fear of
sooooo....how will this class help me in my pursuit in becoming a successful rich american?
that's what i thought....................................
The knowledge you learn in school isn't just to get you rich. That is also why I said it would be an elective. Most electives are classes people take
to explore different options. And actually, I think a course like this would motivate students to become more active in voting, making their votes
count, and not taking everything at face value. I think our country would be better off with a more skeptical population than with a population that
just goes along with everything.
[Edited on 21-4-2004 by Cutwolf]