[QUOTE]Originally posted by davewolf
[B]Human ignorance (of many things) is one (strong) momentum of forgetting history (world-wide). Another one is the poor presentation still usual.
Don't get me wrong! I don't blame any teacher. They have a hard job (too many pupils, too many classes, social conflicts etc.). I blame [I]the system[/I] of not showing the stories behind reign datas.
I, personally, am very much interested in history, but definitely not because of the lessons I [I]enjoyed[/I]. Actually they were very boring. (Again, this isn't against teachers!) So I can understand that a lot of young people got tired of this, even though it's very sad.
Maybe we should get Robin Williams cloned and let him make dead stones appear alive. :D
Dave, I have totally opposite experience ( I know it is exception). My history teacher in primary school was so good in teaching, that he hooked me for live ( and quite a few others). And I am telling you teachers in Poland were ( and sadly still are, even after all changes) in much worse situation ( socialy, economicaly etc) then you can think of. And then people I met at Uni in history department - some of them top in Europe. That was heaven on earth ( especially after 5 boring years in bussines school) But even more important what I remember best from parents home are BOOKS. Everywhere and always : books, books, books.... Thats something you get from home - interests, live style etc. School only focused me on certain things, mostly history but many other topics as well : geography ( finally last year we got polish edition of National Geographic, thanx God), philosophy, just to name most important ones. Sadly from this year report - 60 % of Poles did not read a single book in whole year !!! I know families where the only thing you can find to read is a checkbook.
So as US is leading the world in a matter of ignorance, you are not the only ones, my friends :)
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