Reform U​.​S. History curriculum to a uniform standard nationwide

Reform U​.​S. History curriculum to a uniform standard nationwide

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More and more everyday we see the need for social change. Change in the way we as Americans think and act. I believe part of that starts in the classroom. The recent tragic death of George Floyd taught us that we are not where we need to be as a nation. Part of that is social misunderstanding as we can see with the “We understand that we will never understand” slogan by White Americans. I think there is a way that they CAN understand. However, it is not limited to just them, I believe that Americans of all races could eradicate social division just by understanding each other’s history more. No student should go through 12 years of school and still be close minded to people of other racial backgrounds. I am a black man from Texas and during my years of elementary through high school I did not feel like the curriculum represented me well and told me the entire story (redlining, voter suppression, etc.) I am positive that others feel the same way. We need the full picture because it shows us why we are where we are today. Therefore, we should reform the U.S history curriculum to be more inclusive of all races, in the past it has not positively reflected every American as it should (it is mostly about White Americans). Not only that, but make sure that our history, as ugly as it may be, is not watered down to make people “more comfortable” because some Americans feel uncomfortable everyday just trying to live. We only learn if we can acknowledge what has truly happened. Everyone has a story in this country and it is up to us to make sure they are all shared truthfully and in their entirety. It would also serve us well to have more class discussions, students can speak with people they otherwise wouldn’t and widen their perspective. With discussion comes understanding, and with understanding comes unity. At the end of the day, that is what we should all want for America.

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