Hello Anne. I am a retired educator of thirty years service and I am doing some writing as a way of re-examining, and recovering from, those years in the classroom. I remember the day the twin towers went down. I was serving as assistant principal at Martin Junior High in the Barrio of East Austin, Texas. The following day I met one of my history teacher's in the hallway and I asked her specifically how she was using that horrific event to help kids understand what was going on. She looked at me and said, "I don't have time to lecture on the twin towers... I'm covering the civil war." I was floored. It took me back to 1968 during the Viet Nam war. My father had already served two tours in the jungles near An Khe. I was a high school senior at that time, the draft was on, and I was headed to Viet Nam as soon as I graduated. There were many, many events taking place at that time, although my teachers never allowed us to make any connection between what was inside the textbook and what was actually taking place in the real world, the very scary world I was about to enter.
Could you please give me your take on the state of history teaching in respect to account I just gave you? I would very much appreciate your input.
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