You Might Weep

16 04 2012

But I’m not surprised.

Does anyone expect today’s teenagers and young adults actually to have learned about the Titanic in history class?

Official history pedagogy in the last half-generation about American and world events from 1800 to the present consists of only five things:  Slavery, Colonialism, Lynching, Holocaust, Martin Luther King.

Today’s history students simply can’t learn about the Titanic because there’s no time.  There were just too many incidents of white people wearing white robes yelling racial slurs at black scientists in Mississippi in April 1912 that have to be discussed and dissected before we can learn about some old rich white people on a boat.

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