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The way we teach history is wrong. We should be teaching on how wars are no good, and how to better react in times of war. All with the childs own opinions in mind
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yoli
May 11, 2010
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we need a new method of teaching


larryt700
May 12, 2010
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You are actually implying that we are currently teaching that war is good??? You are kidding right?

 
larryt700
May 13, 2010
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Oh so now we are going to teach people how to react???? Duh libtard, are you there?

 
thepurplemoose
May 13, 2010
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I think that it's not so much that students need to be taught how things happened differently, it's more that they need to be taught with more enthusiasm, especially during the younger grades. In seventh grade, history is THE most boring class because the teachers just teach the basic American history with none of the intrigue or fascination. Now, in 11th grade, my World history class is much more into what we're learning because the teacher is willing to talk about the parts of history that the students are interested in, while still covering the important points. Students are turned off to history early because of the way they're taught teach. Once you get students INTERESTED in learning about history, then you can worry about WHAT we're being taught. Right now, most of us don't pay enough attention to care that much.

 
larryt700
May 13, 2010
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Uh, I guess you can't read.... I simply asked a question

 
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schools are teaching just fine


frankiej4189
May 12, 2010
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Shouldn't history be taught without any bias? Shouldn't it be one of those things that is taught with absolute objectivity?

 
thevenerablerob
May 13, 2010
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And what grounds have you that war is inherently 'bad'?

Indeed, soldiers die, innocent civilians often become involved and are injured, killed or displaced. The ethics and honour of war are subject to abuse and disregard. This is especially true since contenders on today's battlefields tend to be criminal empires, rebel groups, guerrillas and terrorists, who disregard every rule and convention and will cruelly and inhumanely rape, slaughter, burn and torture as they go along. Child soldiers are utilized, as well as civilian "bodyguards". Hospitals are bombed and soldiers of honourable nations cruelly tortured and killed.

However, if it weren't for the honourable forces fighting this evil in war, then the criminals and terorrists would run rampage - every nation would be rampage with anarchy and uncontrolled warfare - "Survival of the Fittest."

War, though trying, is often the only alternative to being overrun and subjugated. The Allies fought for a just cause in World War II. Canada fought for a just cause in 1812 and there are many just wars.

Teaching children that war is bad would be abject to the views of pacifist teachers. While children should be discouraged from waging war, in no way is all war "Bad".

And keeping children's opinions in mind? Children's opinions are influenced by and reflect those of their parents, media and video games. One should ensure that the children are not frenzied warmongers, but it is also important that they not be pacifist.


 
opinionatedteen
May 12, 2010
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You're going against what you're saying....I'm still in school and the history teachers basically read right out of the book...either way, teachers are going to tell us that wars are wrong, because they are....most of them are for senseless reasons too. The teaching methods are great.

 
Jarrett Quan-Hin
May 12, 2010
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"We should teach kids that wars are wrong and how they should react better, all so they can have their own opinion that war is wrong."

Smart.

 
vegetarian
May 13, 2010
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actually letting kids think wars are ok is bad but we also need to teach them that fighting for freedom and standing up for what you believe in is good and that doing whatever it takes for something you believe in is great!

 
lalaains
May 16, 2010
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i think the way history is taught in my school is fine. we discuss interesting topics and the class always gets involved, we talk about facts but we include opinions too - what we think their opinions were, and our current opinions. the fact you think war is bad, is just your opinion and i agree with that, however there may be some who disagree. including our opinion is a crucial part of our education at my schooll and i thoroughly enjoy my history lessons because everyone includes an input.

 
josephh
Sep 09, 2010
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I believe you are basing that off of your own encounters with U.S. or World History, I am 13 and am currently in 8th grade, close enough to 7th grade (your example in your argument). The teacher I have doesn't read from the book DIRECTLY, but takes notes on it and throws in his own opinions, he listens to ours as well and sometimes, class debates will break out (no yelling, but actual, legitimate debates). He infuses actual historical facts with his own wacky sense of humor. Now, I'm completely aware that he may be a "unique" teacher, but at the same time, the one you had in 7th grade could've been as well.

 
josephh
Sep 09, 2010
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We don't really need to TEACH the obvious fact that war is bad, it's implied. One thing that also scares me is the fact that historicism (the act of changing, dismissing bits and pieces of history) is becoming an issue. I believe if we change the way we teach history, we may fall in with that guideline and make a turn for the worse when it comes to education. Also, just because "war is bad" doesn't mean we should take such a drastic measure as to changing the whole system of teaching the subject.

 
james67
Jan 20, 2011
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Isnt the idea that you're taught impartial facts, then you formulate your own opinion on the matter ? Also, all wars are not wrong. If a state is defending itself against an aggressor, they are part of that war. Is this state wrong ?




 


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