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    Re: Why study history To teach ethics
    uh teach whose ethics?

    Ethics are in the eye of the beholder. George Washington had his set of
    ethics. So did Hitler. So did Richard Nixon. So did Abbie Hoffman.
    So did Malcolm X.

    If you're encouraging the students to draw their OWN conclusions about
    ethics, and giving them the intellectual room to do so, that's great.

    If you're dragging them to anti-war protests (it's happened in our
    district), or informing them that Ronald Reagan was the savior of our
    nation, or otherwise trying to shape their ethics, that's crossing a
    serious line.

    On 10/21/11, Barbara wrote:
    > History as a social endeavor: I teach history as a way to awaken my
    > students moral and ethical responsibilities as citizens. History is
    > a social endeavor, not an abstract objective one.
    > On 10/17/11, Estepahead wrote:
    >> > On 10/25/10, Cathy wrote:
    >>>> I teach 7th/8th grade history. I would like to teach a
    >>>> quick one week unit on why we study history. I have a few
    >>>> ideas, but wondering if anyone has a great lesson they do
    >>>> for this. Thanks.
    >> 1. I do not think History should be about trying to learn from
    >> the mistakes from the past, as some people have already
    >> mentioned humans continually make the same mistakes.
    >> 2. History is filled with the most dramatic, action-packed, and
    >> hilarious stories. The problem is the way we present it is
    > dry
    >> and disconnected,
    >> 3. Historians are used in movies, video games, and television,
    >> but students are never informed that historians help made
    > some
    >> of there favorite movies, video games, and television shows.
    >> 4. Studying history is a way to discover our roots as a person,
    >> group, country, race, etc. We can see where we have been to help
    >> propel us into the future.
    >> 5. History, just like the heavens, the sea, and the earth all
    >> demand to be studied, every person has a desire to explore and
    >> the subject in which they choose to study is their own.
    >> Just a few of my ideas.