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#unitedwestand #neverforget #92101
“communist countries have propaganda everywhere!!” meanwhile in the us there’s an american flag within every square mile, kids pledge their allegiance to that flag every day at school, and the us military attempts to recruit people before theyve reached the age of 13
i told my dad about the pledge of allegiance and he said this sort of shit wouldn’t fly even at his old school and he did kinda grow up in communist poland so like
and in texas we have a SECOND pledge we have to say every morning because we also need to pledge to the flag of texas (just in case we secede again)
wait what the fuck texas
Texas for the win ever got damn time
And we have TEXAS history we have to learn.
Do you know how many weird looks I got when I moved to Connecticut from Texas and asked them what year they took Connecticut history…
And then trying to explain why we had to take Texas history and realizing I had absolutely no idea.
Uh, I remember taking the Indiana History class in elementary school. Is that not a thing in each state?
super scientific poll time:
What state did you go to school in & did you take a state history class?
If your outside the US- feel free to join in with whatever your equivalent would happen to be..
Took Alabama history in ninth grade.
Moved to Illinois in tenth grade. My high school transcript technically has false information on it because there was no Illinois history in my high school and they couldn’t just convert this class I’d taken into an equivalent.
Took Delaware State History in 4th grade. Moved to WA State right before 9th grade. Almost didn’t graduate high school because in WA you take state history in 8th grade, and it’s required for graduation. They wouldn’t accept my 8th grade history since I took US History in 8th grade, not state history. And they wouldn’t accept my Delaware state history since apparently 4th grade is not as tough as 8th grade.
Reblogging this from veronirocket makes my answer a liiiittle pointless but, yes, Delaware history in 4th grade, Washington history once we moved here. (It was senior year for me, I had to take it as a special afterschool independent study.)
1) Here is all that anyone remembers from 4th grade Delaware history: the destruction of the fort at Zwaanendael, that one colonial governor who was too fat to ride a horse (I feel like the state was still Dutch at that point?), the curve at the top of the state is a perfect circle to keep out William Penn.
2) When I took Washington history, I was handed a textbook to read for independent study. Said textbook was from the 1970′s and dealt only with white people history, and so started about 1850. That is barely any history at all. Plus the textbook didn’t even touch on the interesting stuff – did it talk about the Wobblies in Spokane, for example? Nope, just more logging. Blah.
New Jersey history is one unit in the fourth grade social studies curriculum, that includes things like “What is a state?” “Regions of the Country and the 50 States” “Local, State, and National Government,” and “Rights and Responsibilities of American Citizenship.” There’s also a special focus on New Jersey the following year in 5th grade when they start doing history for the first time and cover pre-colonial Native American history, the Colonial era, and the Revolutionary War.
I would consider it weird to have a whole year of focus on one state at the high school level.
I had Alaska history classes in elementary school, again in middle school, and again in high school. I think it was a quarter-long class each time?
What I remember most is a lot of focus on the history and cultures of different Alaska Native groups pre-Russian settlement when we were studying it in elementary school, then a lot of focus on the 1955 constitutional convention, statehood in 1959, and the workings of the state government when we were studying in high school and getting towards voting age. We must have studied the stuff that made national news, too, like the Nome serum run (I.E. Balto and the Iditarod) and the gold rush, because I remember doing a project on the 1964 earthquake in middle school. (I wrote a version of “The Cremation of Sam McGee” called “The Destruction of Old Valdez” because I was and am a nerd.)
The history of colonization was definitely given a rosier hue than it deserved, but overall I think it was a good curriculum. Granted, I went through a series of alternative programs within the public schools, so I may have gotten a more even-handed presentation of the material than others, but I also think Alaskans have a complicated relationship with both state- and national-level patriotism.
I remember learning Maryland history in 4th grade, though I mostly remember learning about the Lords Baltimore gambling away half the land that made up Maryland to Virginia, learning about the suspension of Habeas Corpus *just in case*, and reading a book about a Civil War scuffle (not even a battle, come on guys) that happened in my hometown.
I do think a bit of state history is important – I remember being like “okay so the whole Revolution happened in Philadelphia and Boston so how does that relate to me?” I felt the same way when I realized that none of my family was here before like 1890 – I wasn’t a part of it, no one I cared about was a part of it, what’s the big deal? Obviously I was wrong, but for kids, it’s important to be able to see yourself as a part of the narrative or you’ll grow up totally distanced from it.
I’m from New York, where we were taught that New York history IS American History 🙂
But people are upset. People are fucking enraged. All is not well. People are not just mad at Hillary Clinton, or at the current crop of Republican losers. People are mad that they have gone fifty fucking years without a raise. People are mad that it’s been 50 years since the Civil Rights Act and we have the same segregated slums and the same people getting shot by police. People are mad that life in America is unfair, not due to an act of god but due to many small acts of the two political parties that are celebrating themselves this month. This is a hole that has been dug over years, over decades, over generations. The people at the bottom of the hole can’t see the sun any more. They will not be satisfied with a small stool to stand on. They want to live on solid ground. That’s not an option that our major political parties take seriously. Hence our current mood.
The single political aim that unites members of all parties and people of all political persuasions has become “destroy the opposition at all costs.” Ours is a rhetoric of obliteration.
It works, in part, because of the essentially cult-like nature of U.S. culture and the structured ignorance that accompanies it. America is a nation eaten by its own myth. The entire idea of America is about believing impossible things. Nobody said those things had to be benign.
I love her so much.
salty parabolas, indeed.
Exactly how it works.