Letter to the editor: Our forgotten history

Posted 9/1/21

 

We must not panic over Critical Race Theory, a legitimate idea worthy of discussion at the college graduate level. Its six tenets, as stated by Michael Alcorn, seem reasonable topics for …

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Letter to the editor: Our forgotten history

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We must not panic over Critical Race Theory, a legitimate idea worthy of discussion at the college graduate level. Its six tenets, as stated by Michael Alcorn, seem reasonable topics for debate.
When did public schools stop teaching history? Even in the 1960s, I learned about slavery, the conflict between HIspanics of the Southwest and the Americans moving west, and the dreadful consequences on indigenous Americans of Manifest Destiny. Later on, I learned about discrimination against the starving Irish and Germans fleeing the Potato Famine, the immigration quotas placed on the Chinese, discrimination against Italian and German Americans during World War One, and the Japanese Internment of WW II.
Racism is probably as old as bipedalism, and people of many cultures have practiced slavery. And in our rush to achieve equity, we mustn’t go too far the other way and let “anti-racist” movements bludgeon the innocent for what they did not do. We can teach history without going into horrible details children are not capable of understanding. It will take knowledge of history to do that, and somewhere along the line, it seems that we lost a lot of curricula that used to be taught in order to make time for pushing buttons. 
There is political effort underway to teach more history and civics and we should support it. Contact your representatives to the State Legislature and to Congress to get behind this movement so that we all understand what has happened and how to avoid it in the future. 
Carolyn Wiedmer,
Columbine area

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