Sadly I am sure my old place of study and employer is not alone in taking the view that “History” is not nearly as necessary “nowadays” as is, say, “Veterinary Studies.”
For as presumably one of “those” charged with having “conspired” to “hide” distasteful stuff about American history and politics from eager to learn young people fully committed to the ever-sponge-like soaking up of the past, and who could not be torn from the library bookstacks, this evidently needs stating plainly.
The first time I ever mentioned – back in university nearly three decades ago – that I was interested in visiting France, my mother turned to me and was immediately harshly negative: “Are you nuts? They hate us.”
Remember Jane Austen, for one, certainly did not possess any degree; she barely even set a foot in what we consider a school.
Sadly, it appears that “the future” we had hoped for two decades ago, is over.
When I saw that retweeted into my timeline the other day, what was my reaction?
I could only think… here’s another idea: read a history book.
I do not agree with the increasingly common assertion that adult readers “need to see themselves” in a character in order to be interested in a book. In fact, I believe rather the opposite.
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