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History - a forgotten subject

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Letter to the Editor

As a son and nephew of World War II veterans, and myself a veteran of the Vietnam War, I could hardly believe what General P.X. Kelley, 28th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, recently revealed:

1. A recent study showed that only one in four American high school students knew that Great Britain was our ally in World War II.

2. The study also found that one in seven high school students think the U.S. started World War II by dropping the atomic bomb on Japan.

3. A popular high school history textbook, The American Journey, gives an entire page to Elvis Presley and two pages to the poet Maya Angelou — but only one line each to General Patton and Admiral Nimitz.

4. A People’s History of the United States, the number one selling history textbook in America, states that the only reason the U.S. fought in World War II was to “expand its empire.”

5. The creator of the lesson plans for “Advanced Placement” high school history courses in all 50 states released its revised 155 page curriculum, which didn’t mention Dwight D. Eisenhower once, and devoted less than a page to explaining World War II.

Because of the politically correct lies found in many middle and high school text books, the values and principles our veterans fought to defend have become foreign to an alarming number of young people.

I pray that the members of our school board will make sure that this isn’t true of Rome and Floyd County students.