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  •  I was very aware how in social studies and (1+ / 0-)
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    American history how the 30's weren't covered.

    We were down to the end of the school term, so what was covered was WWI, the stock market crash & then a jump to WWII & then end of class.

    (I went through K-12 in the mid-50's to mid-60's).

    There was nothing said about political and union struggles during that period, or how people were drawn into the Communist party by the economic conditions of the day.

    I didn't know anything about the Spanish Civil war until someone recommended a good book on it after college.

    HylasBrook @62 - fiesty, fiery, and fierce

    by HylasBrook on Thu Aug 04, 2011 at 07:30:55 AM PDT

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    •  Same here, compounded, no doubt, by attending (1+ / 0-)
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      multiple schools.

      Surprisingly, my high school in Texas had a very good college prep track & several "enlightened" teachers that discussed the real time events happening.  Which helped a great deal as we witnessed our heroes being slain...

      That being said, I had to learn about the Korean War from my daddy (who was there).  Like you, history seemed to just stop at WWII....

      My now adult kiddos were stunned to find out what was not covered in my school years (until college).  Just as I was later stunned to discover how selective & oft times slanted the actual history that was taught to us.  Which really really ticked me off.

       On the other hand, it opened my eyes & created a lifelong desire to dig for truths & to make sure that my own kiddos received a well rounded education. AND to always dig for truths.

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