This is Sad:Students Learn About Internment Camps, Not WWII Battles

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    Students Learn About Internment Camps,
    Not WWII Battles

    On this day before the dedication of the new World War II Memorial in Washington, DC, disturbing news in a Washington Post story about what junior and senior high schoolers in the DC area are learning about World War II: More students know about Japanese-Americans being sent to internment camps, discrimination against blacks in society and the armed forces and the phenomenon of “Rosie the Riveter,” than know about any battles, the name of any General or even the name of the President. On Pearl Harbor, “instead of seeking the details of the Japanese assault on Hawaiian-based forces on Dec. 7, 1941,” an Alexandria teacher asked his class: "Why did Japan attack Pearl Harbor?"

    An excerpt from the May 28 story on the front page of the “Metro” section, by Jay Matthews, “In Schools, a Battle on the WWII Learning Front.” (Online, the headline reads: “A Battle on the WWII Knowledge Front.” Online, the subhead: “Time, Focus Limit Area Students' Learning.) In my delivered paper the subhead was a word off: “Time, Focus Limit Area Students’ Knowledge.” The excerpt:

    Tiffany Charles got a B in history last year at her Montgomery County high school, but she is not sure what year World War II ended. She cannot name a single general or battle, or the man who was president during the most dramatic hours of the 20th century.

    Yet the 16-year-old does remember in some detail that many Japanese American families on the West Coast were sent to internment camps. "We talked a lot about those concentration camps," she said.

    As Washington begins a massive Memorial Day weekend celebration of the new National World War II Memorial on the Mall, interviews with national education experts, teachers and more than 100 public school students suggest that Charles' limited knowledge of that momentous conflict is typical of today's youths.

    Among 76 teenagers interviewed near their high schools this week in Maryland, Virginia and the District, recognition of the internment camps, a standard part of every area history curriculum, was high -- two-thirds gave the right answer when asked what happened to Japanese Americans during the war. But only one-third could name even one World War II general, and about half could name a World War II battle.


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    I'm telling you, the books are full of Japanese and German victims. No joke. I picked the most 'objective' text 4 years ago, Prentice-Hall. There are 3 columns devoted to Japanese internment. Not one on the atrocities of Japanese to Americans, not one.
     
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    Unfortunatley not suprising, still sad all the same. :(
     
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    Thanks Mr. Evil, I do go beyond the text. :cof:
     
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    And people think that the education system will not teach homosexuality! Pffffffft! If and when homos are infiltrated into the education system, which by the way is next on their hit parade after marriage, you can bet there will be required classes on homosexuality and they won't be teaching anything negative.

    Friggin school systems nowadays, rewriting history and social correctness!
     
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    They are rewriting history,and I for one will make damn sure my 9 year old knows what happened to OUR men,not just theirs. My grandfather fought in WW2 and we can't let what all those brave men suffered through go unoticed. I learned most about WW2 in my senior year. I was fortunate to have a teacher that was objective and excellent at presenting the facts. I am so sick and tired of Liberalism taking over the schools. Just teach the facts damn it!!!
     
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    Krisy, I agree. Teachers should be teaching the facts, not what they think 'should have been.' Hey, I wish that women were given more important roles in 18th and 19th C., but they weren't. So we'll make some women who picked up a rifle a heroine? Even though there is no substance to the story? Not I.
     
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    I actually don't remember learning much about WWII in school. I probably learned more about WWII in my highschool years by watching war movies. I later took it upon myself to do some reading on the subject just because it interested me.
     
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    I have always been fascinated with that particular war. My brother knows a lot about WW2 too,more than I do actually. I think he knows just about every battle and every General. I don't know if it''s because my grandpa was there,or that combined with the sheer facts of it,but I love reading on it. My bro has a knife too that my grandpa took off a German soldier. There are so ,so many things to learn about that war and I can't stand that thought of these kids being denied,I really can't.
     
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    Fascism is a cancer. Saddam was a fascist, as is Arafat and Hussein, Kim, and Khammeni. Got to deal with, as there is no such thing as appeasement.
     

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