March 16, 2010

Kids Say the Darndest Things!

Just when I thought I was out...they pull me back in! After forcing myself to watch the Blair Bitch Project, where Obama was able to hone his favorite facial expressions of arrogance and condescension, I decided to take a little breather from politics. I even started outlining a idea for a story... fiction no less! But it was my six year old, bless her heart, who prompted this Diary entry.

My daughters concept of politics revolves almost entirely around the Chipettes and their interactions with the Chipmunks. Along with Littlest Pet Shop and ponies with rainbow hair, childhood's ignorant bliss is just fine with me - there is a whole lifetime of 'reality' ahead of her and there is no need to rush. Recently, I had one of those proud-parent moments: my daughter made the transition from training wheels to two wheels. She was able to catch on so quickly that I was able to avoid a major asthmatic-collapse and having her riding - two wheeled - around my corpse.

I should have quit smoking long ago

But I had an even prouder moment which nearly brought a tear to my eye and will not soon be forgotten. My daughter, who's world consists of fairies and angels, looked me in the eye the other day and with a perplexed look asked me: "Daddy...if skin color doesn't there a Black History month but no white history month?"

Even at six years of age, my daughter was able to recognize an event (if you want to call it one) which was counter to what she has always been taught at home and supposedly at school. From an early age, I was careful to instill in her the importance of character over anything else including race or ethnicity. I am careful to teach her respect for all cultures along with pride in her own - two concepts which are absolutely compatible - except in the mind of racists and those ignorant or ashamed of their own cultures.

Naturally, I wanted to give her an answer to her question. I wanted to tell her that there are those who, illogically and ironically, feel that they need to tear Black history out of the greater lexicon of American history. They seek inclusion by separation rather than understanding that the history of black, white, red and yellow, in America, is precisely what comprises American history. Their way is akin to holding a sign with one hand stating: End Segregation... while building an all-black school with the other.

not exactly the best neighbors...
Not the Ideal Neighbors...

All of that would probably be too complex for a child, so instead I answered her with a question: "Well, why do you think they have a Black history month?" She thought for a moment and said, "I don't know, Daddy... I will have to think about that." Good enough for me... Even asking this question shows she has a mind capable of critical and creative reasoning

That's not the end of the story. Over the seven or so months that my daughter has been going to kindergarten, another trend became evident not only to me but more importantly to my daughter. In the time allotted for general history there is an inordinate amount of subject material devoted to black historical figures and the subject of slavery.

With all of the fascinating characters (of all races) and events over the several hundred years in the history of this nation... these children are exposed first and foremost to a continuous loop of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, George Washington Carver, slavery, the underground railroad, etc. There was comparatively brief mention of George Washington (and the cherry tree myth), Abraham Lincoln (as part of the larger slavery drama), and Susan B. Anthony.

Friends, I wish I was exaggerating - but I keep every one of the booklets she brings home. No serious mention of the Constitution or any of the things which made America the country - unmatched in history- that was and is a magnate for immigrants of all colors, ethnicity, and religions. No serious mention of the people who designed a nation where thousands and thousands of people would come to live - often escaping under threat of death and coming from nations ruled by people of their own skin color and ethnicity - and to never return to their homeland.

I can only imagine what my grandfather thought looking up at this after 5390 miles.

No, slavery and discrimination is what they are constantly exposed to as they enter the school system.

I would defy anyone to say that Martin Luther King Jr. is not a part of American history...or George W. Carver...or Rosa Parks. But the key words are: part of American history. Subsets like "Black" history should be left to the specialist classes further down the educational grades.

When my six year old daughter can come back to me and ask, "Why, Daddy, if there is a Black History month, do we learn about the same people all year long!" - then things are clearly out of hand. The liberal activists at the educational boards are having their cake and force feeding it too.

I asked her if her class had ever heard of Thomas Jefferson.


I asked if she had heard how Jean Lafitte's rag tag pirates helped American soldiers, under Andrew Jackson, defeat a professional British army during the War of 1812.


I asked if she had ever heard of how Count Casimir Pulaski, one of her own people, lead a courageous cavalry charge which not only prevented an American defeat at the Battle of Brandywine, but saved the life George Washington himself.

Count Pulaski

Perhaps those subjects, basic when I was a child, are becoming the domain of only specialty graduate classes. I wonder if those 'progressive' folks designing the curriculum for your children have ever considered what effect the courses have on the self-esteem of non-black children? I wonder if they ever considered the effect their choice of curriculum has on black children for that matter? What kinds of resentments and misunderstandings are these information 'selectors' helping to create amongst innocent children?

This is not teaching American history. This is not equality. Even a child can see that.

I suggest you all take a good look at what they are teaching your young children. (It is no surprise home-schooling is consistently producing smarter kids. For those of us who aren't in a position to home school, we may have to supplement our child's learning far beyond what our parents did).

As for my little girl? She is going to be just fine. I have started "Western Civilization Tuesdays" each week. I give her a choice of books and all she has to do is flip through and ask questions. This week was about medieval culture and myths. In the spirit of compromise, she insists that I play "Littlest Pet Shop" with her afterward. I think that is a fair enough deal:)

stay tuned...

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1 comment:

Robert C. Mergupis said...

Great job Nick, keep it up your girl will be way ahead of the rest of the government brainwashed kids!