I don’t know about you, but I’m quite comfortable with the idea that my kids will learn about history in school when they’re old enough to attend. If I wasn’t, I guess I would take on the burden of educating them myself. But I have a good deal of faith in the curriculum of the local school system and I feel like I would have heard by now if there were a large gap in learning or a glaring bias in the lesson plans.
I’m kind of scratching my head at former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who has launched a new “education company” that sells animated history videos for kids because “our children’s classes and learning materials are often filled with misrepresentations, including historical inaccuracies, personal biases and political correctness,” his website claims.
To me that seems like an awful lot of paranoia and hostility, particularly coming from someone who is potentially running for president next year and, if he does, will undoubtedly talk about healing our nation’s divide. But I’m not a historian or a politican, so what do I know.
Huckabee’s company is offering video episodes (God forbid our kids read more!) that dramatize various chapters in history. The first episode is titled “The Reagan Revolution.” The bad guy in the video, by the way? A knife-wielding African-American man wearing a disco shirt. Kids will learn how Reagan “believes we can do anything! We just need to get the government out of the way.”
Huckabee says on the website that schools haven’t found a way to make history fun for kids. I don’t know about the kids, but it sure sounds like these videos will be fun (or funny) for the adults.
Are you satisfied with the history curriculum in your kid’s school? Do you think Huckabee’s raison d’être is valid, and that there’s a benefit to the videos he’s peddling?
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