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History is the key to genealogy and genealogy is the key to history

My brother and I have both taught at the college level for years. After dealing with so many students, one fact is more than apparent to both of us; most students' knowledge of history is abysmally poor. History, as such, is no longer taught in many high schools or grade schools. Now, the children have classes in "social studies." Which is a euphemism for whatever popular social activist philosophy is current at the time.
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Comment by Jeanie DiLeonardo on August 18, 2009 at 12:57pm
How right you are! As a child, I had the opinion that history was boring. The problem was that any humanizing element had been whitewashed out by the textbooks (author James Loewen has some great commentary about that subject). Then in my teens, I discovered European history (a little bit), which hadn't been ruined for me by the public education system. Now that I have fallen in love with genealogy, I am excited about the interesting things I learn about American and Canadian history! And it all has to do with the people that lived in those times, and how they were effected.
Comment by Gen Story Girl on August 18, 2009 at 12:08pm
i'm known as the 'history geek' at work (which i think is a great moniker). researching my family roots really brought history alive for me and made me want to learn more about history.

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