The image itself is improper for a classroom, if that is in fact what happened. . It distorts why white America prided itself with the selection of Presidents on Mount Rushmore and instead focused only on the issue of slavery or racism.
That being said, they are somewhat guilty as charged. Jefferson's sense of contradiction was difficult then as it is now. Washington's history was better than Jefferson's but was still part of the problem. Lincoln was willing to capitulate for the Union though he found slavery abhorrent.
The point could have been better presented. Whether the subject would be appropriate for an 8 year old is even more under contention. Lessons on how minority voices would react to the actions of said individuals has been done before for children of that age or a bit younger. That being said, elementary schools tend to be more focused on benevolent nationalism, which is essentially myth building exercises. Minority or underrepresented figures are also part of that discussion. It tends to be happy, uncritical discussions of both whites and racial or other minorities--without any sense of great conflict. That's what I think is a prudent course for the very young. You can still instill in them, if you prefer, multiculturalist values without intentionally tearing down certain reputations.
Last edited by Fiddytree; 10-28-14 at 06:01 PM.
"We all of us know down here that politics is a tough game. And I don't think there's any point in being Irish if you don't know that the world is going to break your heart eventually."-Daniel Patrick Moynihan, December 5, 1963
Americans are far too critical of their history and their country and the effect of this is beginning to show. Americans need their well deserved pride restored, but I doubt that will ever happen in the public school system.
Now answer my question please.