historyNovember 11 2009 at 11:51 AM
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Response to It doesn't end with school children
"Remembrance is a task for all citizens. There are a host of other ways to engage people - television documentaries, books, films, websites, even ... talking to them."
Noble thoughtss, but get a kid to sit through a documentary? Really? read a book that they're not obliged to? Most kids today do not watch TV, do not read, do not listen to radio but rather as statistics clearly show, get most information (if at all) from the internet, and listen to itunes-without news/information.
they are however obliged to sit through school, and that is pretty much the only way one is going to plant the seed that might -eventually-possibly- lead to some measure of interest and/or respect for the history of this country and a sense of pride and belonging. A history course should be lively, and engaging which is certainly and absolutely possible provided one has a course not designed by p-c bureaucrats and delivered by teachers with imagination (these might be more difficult)
As for parents instilling some sense of this in their children. well almost 50% of Cdns now were not born here, and of those who were how many themselves also went through a school system in the last decades with little or no history being taught?
Geez I recall a couple of years ago a day or two before the 11th, a 40-something bank teller asked my what my poppy was for- uh Remembrance day-- oh yeah I heard something about that-whats it about again? SHEESH!
Oh yes, as you well know, I too tried to "step into the breach" to promote history with Convoy Magazine, and with the loss of far too much of my own funds, and time,for my efforts still bear the knife scars in my back