Teaching the Truth Is Not Easy

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018
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Originally published by Phi Delta Kappa International, Inc., written by Bobby Starnes

This linked article is written by Madison County member Bobby Starnes about how the history of Native American's are taught in our schools and why we should, and can, do better. 

"Teaching the truth is not easy. Maybe it raises too many questions about our national character. Maybe it depresses us to learn about historical injustices. Maybe it’s too raw for the squeamish or those who can feel proud to be American only if our nation is pure and perfect. So, okay, if you can’t, don’t teach the truth. Let it sit silently on the bookshelves and in other safe places. Don’t talk about it. Let it go unsaid. I don’t like it, and I don’t think it’s a good idea, but I do understand it.

But here’s what I don’t understand — really, sincerely, I don’t understand. Why do we feel compelled to teach the lies?"

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