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Originally posted by mopusvindictus
I think the second poster was close, a History month for every major group...
I would unbias the history curriculum...
I wouldn't get into the negativism of cultures at LEAST until late HS
I have had more than one Black friend confess to me they feel bad about the negative self image allot of White kids experience these days because the curriculum goes deep into slavery and deep into the Native situation in an attempt to be fair...
I think at usch a young age the History curriculum should lay low on these things the holocost too...allot of kids aren't ready in 3rd grade to sit down next to a balck kid for example together, hear these stories and not be emotionally affected...
I don't want to live in a world where bias and hate continues generation after generation because of this concept...
That concept being We teach History as WAR, Conquest, Suffering and Disaster
So what do we expect these kids to grow up and focus on?
I would teach... Migration and Agriculture and Cultural achievement and Lifestyle and Music and Economy and Origins and Art!!!!
Truth is 99% of History is not taught
All that is taught is the conflicts
For some reason getting into The Art of the Han Dynasty is taught in a 4th year University Class... not like it's any harder to learn... But the Tianamen Sq is Taught in 2nd grade like these kids really grasp it anyway...
History class is like a horror Movie... you get to memorize the deaths and battles over centuries and never hear about the food or the achievements or ...heck How about the people that Got ALONG? lol
Why don't we...
Save the death and destruction and hellion behavior for the College Level
And teach KIDS the good things about everyone????
Originally posted by letheravensoar
And I'm sorry, but even though you may believe that every person is on the same playing field in the real world, there is still a lot of prejudice that exists under the table. You don't realize it because you aren't exposed to it. Equal opportunity...we're closer but not yet there.
Originally posted by calstorm
Well If we have one, we should also include Latino history month, Asian history month and Arab history month. Personally I think we should do away with all of it. singling out one or two races or one sex is prejudice.
Originally posted by polychronopolis
Originally posted by blupblup
reply to post by Roadblockx
The reason those other, specifically focused "history months" are needed is because crusty old white men wrote history and left much of it out... ie, women and anyone not white.
Roadblockx, I see what you're saying, but I tend to agree with blupblup on this one...
This is an extremely sensitive and very personal topic to a lot of people that may be a lot less understanding, so don't be surprised if you get flamed for this one...
Originally posted by Roadblockx
What's interesting is that women have a Women's History Month (March) which includes all races of women. So why not change February to Men's History Month and learn about all races of men? Or if you want, make one month just for White Americans. Either way, I think it is only fair to have a White History Month or a Men's History Month.
We have to be fair to everyone, right?
I have to agree. The sad part is that i have to preface my comments with "i'm not racist" and by doing so i give anyone who disagrees my points ammunition to say that i am racist!
There are black history associations and days, there are latino associations and days, there are subsets of these categories and well basically i'm sick of it. I would be happy to support such ideas if a white version were allowed but if you dare to suggest such a thing then you are a racist.
I'm tired of this hypocrisy. Consider for the moment that in the UK we have the MOBO awards (music of black origin). If i started a MOWO awards (music of white origin) then i would be a racist, i would no doubt be challenged ina court, the papers would rip me apart and genreally my life would be ruined.
Equal rights should be equal not a hypocritical platform. Personally i think the MOBO awards should not exist as they cause divison within society.
We're all human and the sooner we realise that the better. More pigment in your skin makes you no more or less than i. The history of a darkly pigmented people has no more importance than a people who have limited pigment. I hope that one day people forget these utterly stupid ideas.
We can go on and on about how the white man has beaten down his fellows, we can go on and on about how the white man has reined supreme or we can put this behind us and realise we are alll human. We can put aside the guilt and approach our brothers and sisters as complete equals.