Teaching Greek History (Mythology) in 5th-Grade

Teaching Greek History (Mythology) in 5th-Grade

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William Ketchel started this petition to Texas State Senate and

I am a fourth-grade student in Arlington, Texas, promoting teaching Greek history (Mythology) in fifth grade Texas classes.

I think that public schools in Texas should teach more Greek history. I have already studied a little bit about Greece, and their beliefs about religion are very interesting. Greek Mythology (history) is different than Texan and Mexican history. They had lots of different gods, which is probably the most interesting part of Greek Mythology. There is Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, and Dionysus just to name a few. There are many interesting things about Greek Mythology, and I have only named a very small fraction of it.

According to John Uebersax, (Director, Californians for Higher Education Reform)

"Having basic knowledge of Greek myths is very valuable and important. These myths contain vital information on how to live, achieve happiness and harmony, and avoid pitfalls. They are ancestral cultural wisdom — as important for us as traditional myths are important for indigenous peoples. To a large extent, Greek myths are psychological allegories. They deal with recurring (but often unconscious and subconscious) problems of human life. In many cases, they deal with psychological issues that are too subtle or complex for modern scientific psychology to have yet addressed."

According to Michael Georgiades, (Love Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology)

"Mythology is a reflection of a civilization's past and gives us an insight into actual events, historical alliances, geography, cultural insight, and much more. There are a number of historical truths dressed up as myths. For instance, recent excavations in Vani, present-day Georgia, revealed some interesting archaeological finds related to the myth of the Golden Fleece. This is the modern-day site of the ancient Colchians, which goes some way to explaining the origin of the myths. It seems that gold was retrieved from flowing rivers carrying gold dust. They would place sheep fleeces in the river to trap the gold dust, giving rise eventually to the myth. Another example of mythology aiding archaeology was the discovery of ancient Troy. Schliemann used Homer's accounts in the Iliad to identify ancient Troy. Similar story for the discovery of the palace of ancient Minos in Crete."

So please help me bring Greek history into schools. What I want to achieve by this is to introduce new and interesting history into as many schools as I can. If you would support my petition, share the link, or donate, it will be greatly appreciated.

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