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History guidelines

When you read an elementary or high school history book you get the same general idea. In 1492 Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue. These books have to follow the standards called National History Guidelines. Should we change these guidelines to reveal the not so hidden facts about history?

This topic is very controversial. There are many reasons why and why not we should teach by the History Guidelines. Using them means controlling children's minds, however without them we could raise new topics in history and re-educate teachers.

How do you control someone's thinking? Actually I feel that you can't. If you control the knowledge that you teach someone you can impose one point of view of the way you want him or her to see it. It is a very important observation that if you can control history, if you can decide what's in people's history and what is left out, you can order their thinking (Hulot 07). The people who can accomplish this can and will control what you know about the past and your knowledge in your future.

It is true that we can't sometimes control history, but we have the power to educate youths about the hidden truth so they may become more independent thinkers.

Imagine a child to become an independent thinker. Wow. Imagine how many more Martin Luther King's, and Thomas Paine's their would be in the future. After all they did have a distorted picture of America and knew about the hidden facts.

Let's just take one point in history and imagine it eas taught without these guidelines. Right now you probably believe that to celebrate Columbus Day is patriotic. To doubt Columbus Day would be unpatriotic (Zinn 07). With the way youth thinks is in 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue. This story is about as complete as Swiss cheese. This is because hidden facts are not mentioned in these guidelines. When people celebrate Columbus Day your celebrating the discovery of America, his progress of maritime exploration, and a very religious man conquering in the name of God.

If you believe that the above is true than you have also fallen into these guideline traps. A schoolteacher in Oregon has undertaking a crusade to change the way the Columbus story is taught. He tells how he starts a new history class about Columbus. He goes iver to a girl in the front row and takes her purse. She says, 'You took my purse'. The teacher responds. 'No I discovered it.' (Zinn 09)

How does someone being Columbus discover America if the Native Indians were their 20,000 years before. I certainly don't see at how it was discovered. What did Columbus say anyway? 'Gee, we've just discovered the land you have been living on for you. Your welcome.'

Progress yes, but at what cost? (Chenney 01) Progress back in 1492 was earth shattering from Columbus's voyages. Columbus proved that the earth wasn't flat, and that it was indeed round. He also wrote a whole new book for maritime exploration. What was the price for this. I will tell you. Countless lives, as many stars that are in the galaxy wasted. Slavery brought to a whole new mountaintop, which used to lie flat on a plane. Yes Columbus made progress. What about the Indian's that when they didn't meet their daily quota of gold for Columbus that had there arms cut off. Columbus said 'There are very gentle and bare no arms. For they do not no what violence or war is. With 100 of these men I could subject them to do what ever I want them to do. (Morrison 079)

Yes I believe that progress has to be measured. When it is measured I feel that the truth has to be out in the open for everyone to judge. From what I've read my measurement of Columbus's progress is from the point of view that he is a vilian and most definitely not a hero.

Let's consider that these guidelines are removed. What will happen to the teachers? What will become of the old and new textbooks?

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