Posts tagged I paid attention during History
Posts tagged I paid attention during History
Okay. I just have to
refudiate refute some things I’ve seen on Facebook that prove that nobody, like, does, any like, f***ing research(1) regarding the Chick-Fil-A controversy.
First, let’s explain what’s going on. Chick-Fil-A founder and president S. Truett Cathy has come under fire for donating over five million dollars over the past decade to Anti-LGBT organizations (2). Answering as “guilty as charged” to operating under “the Biblical definition of the family unit” (3)
So, let’s clear a few things up here just from those two sentences alone.
I cannot stress that last point. Money from Cathy’s non for profit organization, WinShape, was donating money to these organizations (4). This money had to come from somewhere, which is why there is a boycott going on.
Some people who still support Chick-Fil-A claim that they support the organization on the grounds of “supporting free speech” and waive of protesters with “the first amendment”. I’ve seen it all over Facebook. Let’s first start with the incorrect use of the first amendment. The purpose behind it was to prevent government censorship of citizens, allowing them to criticize the government. I’m not going to cite this because this is basic American civics. So, let’s look at what’s going on here.
Things that are involved in the first amendment
Things that are not in the first amendment
Are we clear on that? If not, let’s put it another way. The first amendment gives you the right to say what you want and defends you from government censorship. It does not defend you from someone else using their first amendment right to criticize how you’re using your first amendment right and criticize your actions (5). It also says nothing about where people should and shouldn’t spend their money.
Nobody involved in the boycott is trying to censor Cathy. He can say what he wants and most of the people involved in the movement won’t try to stop him. They’re obviously not forcing people to avoid chick-fil-a, as they still have supporters. They’re just not going to his restaurant, which they are well within their right to do.
Because believe it or not, the LGBT+ community and its allies have the first amendment right, too.
I am a high schooler trying to get into the college of my choice, which means rigorous classes, and a ton of studying for my SAT. Recently, I was doing the latter when the former came into play. I was looking at the grammar section of my SAT prep book when I found a historical inaccuracy that anyone who paid attention in US History (1) would spot. Let’s see if you can.
The answer: John Quincy Adams was political rivals with Andrew Jackson. John Adams, John Quincy Adams’ father, was political rivals with Jefferson (2). This is not, of course, the only time this has confused people.Michele Bachmann recently got some trouble for saying first that the founding fathers of the United States opposed slavery. When she was called on this, she said that John Quincy Adams fought against slavery, which he did, but he wasn’t a founding father (3). Someone astoundingly similar, Sarah Palin, made a historical faux pas around the same time, and like Ms. Bachmann, Palin got the facts wrong again when she tried to justify her statement (4). I am just appalled that two women who run their platforms on the constitution know so little about colonial United States history. How are they supposed to address the beliefs of the founding fathers when they don’t even know who the founding fathers are? However, a lack of knowledge in history seems to be common in the United States. I seemed to have averted this by taking AP history classes so far in High School (5), but this doesn’t change the fact that most people probably don’t know what William McKinley is known for (6). I’m a bit of a history buff, so I find this appalling. Although, seriously, why should kids care? For a lot of them, history is a boring class because it all depends on the material and how it’s taught.
I wasn’t always much for history. My elementary school started teaching it in 3rd grade. It was another school subject. I liked it because I liked school. I didn’t really form an opinion on history until 6th grade (7). I had a strict-but-fair history teacher, and I loved learning about Europe, Latin America, and Canada. 7th grade wasn’t so great. My history teacher was an ex-hippie who now went hunting every year. I know this because I’m pretty sure he spent more time talking about his personal life than about history. This attitude stayed with me until 9th grade AP World History when I was forced to pay attention or else fail the class. Once I did, I realized how history had its ugly and neat points, why other cultures had their traditions, and how history effects us today. Before I was just getting bland, watered down versions of history that just stated that America was awesome.
Speaking of which, history is really watered down in schools. This makes sense when we are dealing with elementary school students. I think that as a second grader, I would have peed my pants had I heard what Columbus actually did to the natives of “Hispañola” (8). However, I think that years after years of “Our founding fathers were awesome people who wanted freedom for everyone” and “The Puritans were welcoming people who were nice to the Massachusetts natives” can be kind of grating. History’s like a really gritty, epic TV show, and many educational systems are turning it into redundant kiddie mush. When people are old enough to deal with the facts, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be given them. I don’t remember learning anything about imperialism before 9th grade. I don’t really understand this because imperialism has pretty much shaped the world we live in today, for better or worse (9). There are a lot of questions left when people don’t understand history. Although you can only get so much when all you’re told about the US Constitution is the preamble.
However, this isn’t the fault of the teachers (10), but rather the educational system. I have a mother who is a teacher, so I know that teaching is limited to the state educational standards. If a teacher doesn’t teach the standards, they get their license revoked. Certain teachers have more leeway than others, but for the most part these set the standards for what is taught during the semester/year. It seems to be three steps forward, two steps back. Compare 8th grade US history to 5th grade US history standards. In my state, they’re not so different. We’re taught the same information with a few more details each time. Eventually, everyone starts tuning it out.
So, once we’ve started tuning out our classes, where else are we going to get our information on history? Where we get our information on everything else: the media. Granted, there are programs that are well researched and accurate, but for every one of those, we have a group of writers who just say “I don’t know, so screw it.” So we have the blind leading the blind and no one is the wiser (11).
So, it’s no wonder we have no idea what happened in our past. It’s certainly understandable. We have problems in our educational system that get pushed even further when no one researches anything. However, if people were to crack open a book every now and then, they might learn how to talk about history without making those who actually studied it cry. In the meantime, I’ll be happy to offer tutoring for presidential candidates.
It doesn’t even have to be AP.
The answer the prep book was looking for: D. The use of the word “his” is vague. Never mind that Jefferson and Adams died on the same day.
However, this facepalm-worthy slice of incorrectness comes from the woman who believes that being gay is a curable illness, so we really shouldn’t be surprised.
Stephen Colbert’s take on this needs to be seen to be believed.
Trust me, those things do wonders.
People just know that a group of 24 year old teenagers sing “Don’t Stop Believin’” in his honor. (But seriously, he was kind of an imperialist. Look it Up.)
I hated Indiana history in 4th grade, but that’s because even then I hated Indiana. It didn’t affect my view of history in general.
Which is modern day Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Mostly for the worse.
Most of the time.