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Do you teach Civil Rights history in your home?

Written on September 28, 2011 at 3:06 pm , by

A study has found that student’s knowledge of Civil Rights history has deteriorated. And they blame the academic standards for public schools in the states.

“Across the country, state educational standards virtually ignore our civil rights history,” concludes the report.

The report assigned letter grades to each state and 35 states got an F because their standards require little or no mention of the movement. Alabama, Florida and New York were given A grades. The rest received B’s or C’s.

Read the full story here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/28/education/28civil.html?_r=2&hpw

I grew up with a good knowledge of history that I learned in school, but I admit that it wasn’t something we talked about at home. That always made me uncomfortable and, since I personally enjoy history, I’ve resolved to teach my kids as much as I can. But it saddens me to see that I can’t rely on school to give them the whole story of American History.

In our Discussion, we ask: Do you think it’s important for schools to keep up teaching this part of American History? Do you talk about hero Martin Luther King, Jr, or Rosa Parks in your home? Do you watch Black History Month programming with your kids in February?

How important is teaching your children about American History in YOUR home?