An Understanding Of History Repeated

| Learning | April 27, 2015

(I work as a tutor, though this generally means that I’m an in-home teacher for children who cannot attend a conventional school for various reasons. In this particular instance, I am working with a 2nd grader who has just finished reading a very happy and inaccurate history lesson about early American colonization.)

Me: “So, what did you learn from this chapter?”

Student: “I learned that people came to America so they could worship God the way they wanted to and the Indians helped them. Afterwards, they all had a big party — Thanksgiving.”

Me: “Very good! So if you could travel back in time, would you want to be a colonist?”

Student: “No, it would be too much work.” *pause* “Actually, yes, I would.”

Me: “Why?”

Student: “Because there wouldn’t be that many people around so I could kill them all and take their land. Then I’d be rich.”

(At least he understands roughly 80% of modern western history…)

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