Smoky Mountain Family Historian

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Teaching State History

This morning I heard on the radio (or television) a discussion regarding the teaching of state history in Tennessee. Apparently Tennessee History is no longer a requirement. They are leaving it to teachers to weave it in sporadically where appropriate. I find it totally unacceptable that students are not required to study Tennessee's history in an organized fashion. Hit or miss just doesn't get it! State and local history is a must! We can't allow kids to grow up in a vacuum, unaware of the rich heritage in their immediate area. Students need to know what contributed to things, and the only way that can be done is to have a course that presents the material in a systematic fashion.

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