Maybe I wasn’t paying attention but, when did the “History” book become a “Social Studies” book? At least some U.S. History was listed in the lesson plan under “Social Studies” for last Fridays 5th grade class. Not in the book, but a 1996 video titled:
Three Worlds Meet
Origins – 1620
The back cover synopsis:
“History comes to life in this dynamic series for grades 5-12. A comprehensive study of U.S. History from the earliest Native Americans to the Cold War years following WWII”
Had any of the kids been paying attention to the video (they weren’t), it could have been summarized as follows:
“The invading Christian conqueror, Christopher Columbus, intentionally spread small pox, other diseases, new invasive plant life, harmful animal life and slavery to the lands of the peaceful natives of the newly discovered continent…”
Not quite the same as taught in the HISTORY classes of the 1960’s. No mention of
How many of you remember learning this oldie in school?
In fourteen hundred and ninety-two
He took three ships with him, too,
And called aboard his faithful crew.
Mighty, strong and brave was he
As he sailed across the open sea.
Some people still thought the world was flat!
Can you even imagine that?