From high school for me (7 years ago) history was lots of stupid crap on Columbus and other conquistadors, then dragged into the pilgrims, and finally got interesting during the American Revolution, only to bore until Civil War time, followed by lame reconstruction and roaring 20s garbage. Then, in the last month of school, we hurried through WW2. Korea and Vietnam? What were they? No one in our class knew.
Now, i shall break down from that what was being teached. (besides the bad English that would make me use the word teached)
conquistadors and the ilk: you could not mention them without wholesale slaughter and exploitation of Indians. Because that is what happened.
Pilgrims: need to mention the indians saved them, and were repayed by killing them off and stealing their land. because that is basically what happened when you boil it down. also everyone learned this by second grade, why they kept teaching it 10 years later is beyond me.
Building up to the revolution: bunch of lame colonial gov’t garbage. The textbooks had to make special points about women and minorities as required by lame lame throughout the country, so we learned alot about Betsy Ross and Crispin Attucks. (you think that Dave Barry book is kidding when it keeps mentioning “Women and Minorities were making advances”? that’s more gosiple truth than you know)
Revolution: England is evil, so we rose up and killed them bloody redcoats. I assume now most classes just watch the Patriot. We got to see 1776 when it was constitution time, and i bet they still do. We also learn way to freaking much about the Articles of Confederation. Triangular Trade focues on (slaves, molasses, rum)
Building up to the Civil war: Lousisianna Purchase, Lewis and Clark emphasised too much because of Sacajawea. 1812 war glossed over, Andrew Jackson focused on. (he killed indians illegally!) Jump to slave state/free state fighting, Texas shows up, South suceeds, Lincoln is prez, we spend three days watching Glory, war ends, Lincoln dies. Although yes states rights, you can’t discuss this without slavery and what white people did.
Reconstruction: Radical republicans. Carpet baggers. Andrew Johnson Impeached. Expansion westward. Grant’s people are currupt. Immigrants in New York (why they choose 1900 to focus on that i’ll never know). Usually George Washington Carver shows up (he killed Geroge Washington, you know)
Roaring Twenties: The books love to use 20’s slang, so i learn to tell chicks they have nice gams. Bootlegging, Charleston, Capone, Prohibition. Textbook writers have a hardon for the 20s
Depression: I gots lots of moneys—OH NOES!!! We be poor. Alphabet soups. FDR saves the day (but wants lots more supreme court justices). Suddenly there is one week left of school. Japan attacks, we kick butt, and Nuke civilians, See you next year!!!
50’s and beyond: Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh there’s a* 19*50? Daddy, what’s Vietnam?
Current Events: If you want to know what is going on now, you need to take the Current Events class, not history, since even though history is getting written now, we don’t cover it. also, monorities and women did stuff, but the man keeps them down.
Basically that’s it. I don;t know what these surveyors want us to teach, since lots of bad crap did happen. Glossing over history with a coat of happy little ducks paint is not something i support.
If i taught history, I would teach from modern day backwards, and maybe we’d get to the Civil War by the end of the year (so kids could watch Glory and give me time to catch up on grading papers.) They learn that stupid Pilgrim crap every freaking year, and most places drag it out until November to tie it in with Thanksgiving. (Yes, rexdart, i ganked that idea from you)