I noted in a post a couple of weeks ago that I was refocusing my blog. That refocus was already underway when I made the announcement. As I've pointed out numerous times, by reading my header you will find I'm very open about what this blog is about and my perspective: history, culture, and faith; with a special focus on Virginia where my ancestors have been for nine generations. Where I delve into politics henceforth (with a minor infraction here and there), it will be germane with these topics. Education is certainly part of the topic of history. But it is also part of our culture and, increasingly, politics. Sometimes these things overlap. That's just the world in which we live. I just wanted to clarify that I'm not changing my focus, but this video contains information that is most assuredly relevant to the topic of history, since that is where many children ostensibly learn about our Nation's history. But I want to ask readers a question as it relates specifically to the study of American history and, even more specifically, to the study of the War Between the States. Given the "anecdotal evidence" in this video, how does one put any confidence in public schools to teach the subject of American history and the WBTS with any objectivity? I realize not every classroom is like the ones presented in this video, but I believe the number is growing, given our political climate and academia in general. Let's just see how many objective critics, concerned educators, and history bloggers who are worried about "distorting" history and politicizing education we truly have.
If you intend to respond to this post with "kill the messenger" ad hominem attacks against Glenn Beck, don't waste your time. I agree that Beck tends to go off the deep end now and then, but you can respond to the information and accusations specifically discussed in the video or your comment will be rejected.