Books on Kindle
“Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury
First Amendment to The Constitution
“The Giver” by Lois Lowry
Your old high school history book
Common Core history standards
What do they all have in common?
All of these in some way address the importance of our past and how it will affect our future.
In the last blog post, I detailed the difficulties I was having while trying to sell some of the wonderful history books our family used while we homeschooled our sons. More than one reader contacted me and said that I should not sell any history book, especially those that were older. They were right, and I will not be selling anything that cannot easily be replaced later. But even that could be harder than we think.
With so many advances in technology, one might believe that simply downloading a book to their Kindle would save them all the trouble of learning history or even having to purchase a hard copy of a history book. A quick glance at Wikipedia, though, will show one just how easy it can be to change history. Since virtually anyone can change any wiki to say whatever they want it to, our history is now in the hands of whomever controls the posts and site. What do you think or feel the major causes of WWI were? Just go to Wikipedia and write your thoughts there. Of course, there are plenty of other websites on history controlled by entities whom do not have the best interest of our nation at heart.
Unfortunately, there are just enough uneducated and ill-informed people to believe anything that you write on the internet. Just as an example, go to your Facebook page and copy a link to a “report” by The Onion (or any one of the dozens of satirical ‘news’ outlets). There will be some people who see it for what it is worth – satire – immediately. However, before you know what happens, just as many people will share the link to their own pages commenting on the validity of the article along with their outrage.
It is for this reason that our history becomes even more important. If we don’t use valid educational standards to teach our children the truth, they are susceptible to the countless lies they will encounter. Remember how Satan asked Christ if the Scriptures “really said” what he could eat or do? One can just imagine an authority figure asking our children, “Does The Constitution really give us freedom of speech if that speech is harmful to a minority group?”
My children and grandchildren will not be so easily deceived so long as I have anything to say about it. My sons are well acquainted with our foundational documents and our history. And my future grandchildren? Well, they’ll have access to a plethora of historical information and will know the truth.