Why are they teaching this in our schools?
March 26th, 2010 by MOTHAX
What happened to reading, writing and arithmatic? When I first got an email on this yesterday, I got all kinds of fired up. (more on that later) Now, like my good friend Uncle Jimbo, I have adopted a more resigned view of it all. All of the milblogs are alight with the discussion, from the incomparable Chuck Z, to CJ at Soldier's Perspective to the aforementioned madman of the Special Forces, Jimbo. We'll go with Chuck's account of the issue, because his is (somewhat shockingly) the more sober of the analysis.
These days, the teachers at Langley High School in McLean, Virginia are teaching an interesting view of the Great Depression 1929-1940. First, they combine English classes and with History, to make the lessons match up. That way the students can be learn how to diagram sentences like "From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs," and the teachers can do 50% of the work to prepare for class. However, one of the teachers had a bone to pick--with evil, corporate America. This teacher may have had a date at a weekend Michael Moore/Morgan Spurlock "Film" festival, or may just have not understood that Ray A. Kroc established the McDonalds Franchise in 1955, or that Iwo Jima was a battle fought in the Pacific during the Second World War (1939-1945), but she chose to pass around the [picture above] to make her point. Now, it's bad enough that the average high school student is almost intelligent enough to breathe without cue cards, but deliberately confusing them about the reasons for a) the great depression b) the sacrifices made to mount a flag on Mt. Suribachi c) what McDonalds has actually done for America and the world, d) that corporations fought WWII e) that Mt. Suribachi is populated with muslims...Now, the picture obviously set me off for starters, but more so a few other ancillary and personal ties to this. For one, until last year, I actually lived within the Fairfax County Public School system. For another, I have some friends of mine who are golfing buddies who teach in that same district. But, most importantly for me, the best soldier I ever served besides used to be an Assistant Principle in the FCPS. He served as an Infantryman under me at one point, and was phenomenal across the board, Marksmanship, Land Navigation, etc, he was at the top. So in 2000 when he came to me to let me know that he wanted to rebranch as a Medic, I nearly begged him not to change MOS. He was simply too good a grunt to waste him on being a medic. I am frequently wrong on many things, but never as wrong as I was in trying to talk him out of that one, he turned out to be the best medic anyone could possibly have hoped to deploy to Afghanistan with. Anyway, this REALLY brings discredit on the FCPS, which by most accounts is one of the best systems in the country. And this is just so......dumb. I mean, really, really dumb. I always learned best from teachers that I vigorously disagreed with, but this doesn't feel like someone playing Devil's Advocate, it sounds more like trying to brainwash the kids into thinking that is why we are there. How about we give them a little credit, talk about what we are doing there and let them make up their own minds. They're smart enough. What makes this so atrocious is that Northern Virginia is HEAVILY populated with veterans of WWII and all our other engagements. Note to FCPS: Why not call Major Norman Hatch, USMC (Ret.) and have him come talk to the kids?
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