Letter to the editor: Teach a true and honest representation of this country’s history | SummitDaily.com

Letter to the editor: Teach a true and honest representation of this country’s history

Kari Kronborg

After centuries of history being taught only from the white person’s perspective, school children of today will hopefully learn true history, which takes into account the good, the bad and the ugly.

Some people, like letter writer Mike Tabb, are nervous or concerned about this. His comment about the United States serving as a refuge from death for the Jews during the Holocaust shows just how ignorant of history he is. The United States could have saved thousands of Jews, but instead rejected a bill in 1939 that would have allowed 20,000 Jewish children to enter the United States, and this is only one example.

Yes, the next generation of students are not to be blamed for the actions of their forefathers/mothers, but with accurate information, they may learn to not make the same mistakes. Walk in the boots of an African, Asian, Latino, Indigenous, LGBTQ person who has had to deal with all the inaccurate presentations of history and the lack of telling positive stories about their ancestors.

I read the standards proposed by the Colorado Academic Standards Revision Committee and could see nothing that did not speak to teaching a true and honest representation of this country’s history, thankfully adding in history of the poor treatment of disadvantaged people. History is ugly at times. Don’t whitewash history.

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