It is depressing to see this is what students in some schools are learning. Just a few examples:
- Humans and dinosaurs coexisted
- The KKK wasn’t all bad.
- Dragons were real!
- The Great Depression was exaggerated by socialists.
Left or right, conservative or liberal, education should not be a political football. Students should be taught the truth about science and history. No matter how much adults may wish otherwise, the facts are the facts. We are not doing children any favors by teaching them fantasies. Maybe adults find these fantasies comforting, but students need to prepare for reality. Whitewashing the history of hate groups or misrepresenting the field of biology is not the way to prepare them for the 21st century. There are, of course, different ways to interpret the past and students should be allowed to study each point of view, but not at the expense of the facts. Students cannot learn critical thinking skills by being fed a steady diet of misrepresentations and falsehoods.
Makes me want to weep.