Blog 10

(me at this assignment ^^)

Do you want your child learning the truth about America’s past in history class? You may think the answer is yes, but the truth is you may not. Many people are arguing that history teachers need to stop giving out misinformation from history, but in reality, they’re just censoring your child from horrific events like war, mass death, and rape. It is true that we shouldn’t be praising historical figures like Christopher Columbus, but why change the history class curriculum when it’s been in place for so long? It clearly hasn’t changed the success rate of American students! Not to mention the fact that schools would have to pay thousands of dollars to revamp their current learning materials with money that many schools don’t have. Yes, history is plagued by bad, but we also can’t ignore the good because of one bad fact. Let’s take a look at Benjamin Franklin, a prime example of this. Benjamin Franklin is known for many great accomplishments; he was a founding father, invented the bifocals and lightning rod, drafted the Declaration of Independence, and even invented the first political cartoon. With all these accomplishments, he lived a very greasy lifestyle. He was a frequent adulterer, voluntarily missed out on his son’s childhood, later disowned and arrested his son, and was just an all-around morally bad person. But Ben Franklin did a lot of great things in developing the United States, so why remember him for the bad and just honor him for the good? Another good example would be Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr was one of the strongest driving forces behind the African- American Civil Rights Movement in 1954. While participating in the movement he was known for leading peaceful protests and was also a priest and humanitarian. Martin Luther King Jr. was an amazing person, but many people do not know that he plagiarized many parts of his doctoral thesis and was known for being a “ladies man”. These two things don’t take away the great things that Martin Lunther King Jr. achieved in his life and definitely, didn’t tarnish his legacy. Everyone deserves to know the truth, but parents should be able to control when and how their children learn about certain events in history. So the next time your child asks the question, “who was Benjamin Franklin?”, it’s up to you to decide whether to tell the whole truth or maybe just a small piece.

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