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 If you could teach one aspect of modern U.S. History...?
jeffsenpai  [Member]
5/12/2010 4:37:41 PM EST
School year is almost over, testing is finished, and soon I will have the opportunity to teach about 1.5 weeks of modern U.S. History to some high school juniors. I say modern because I want to cover events from the Reagan years––>present. I have some ideas, and topics I have covered in years past - but I want the opinion of others - what do you think is relevant?

If you had the opportunity to teach a lesson on any one topic what would you do?


1st and 2nd Iraq War?
9/11 and terrorism?
Afghanistan?
something else?
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Polupharmakos  [Member]
5/13/2010 4:58:10 AM EST
The 2000 election aftermath, because I think the involvement of the Supreme Court in the issue set a massive and probably very detrimental precedent ('limited to the present circumstances' verbiage notwithstanding) that could become very important historically.
4v50  [Team Member]
5/14/2010 3:37:18 PM EST
Things that are too modern fall into the realm of political science and not history. I think the Reagan Era is just old enough to be addressed as history.
M8_  [Member]
5/20/2010 6:24:32 PM EST
Reagan and the "Cold War"...

I think this History is still very important... leading up to WW III...
Mryenko  [Member]
5/27/2010 7:21:47 AM EST
They'd probably get more use from a good injection of civics than any history subject. Even when I graduated, civics was a brief addendum to an extremely drawn-out economics course...

Failing that, my vote goes to the cold war. Start at the end of WWII, and finish with Reagan. Even my World History of the 20th Century course in college basically glossed over the whole period, except, of course, the 60s counterculture, and Mao's 100 flowers campaign. Of course, no mention (in class) that the ChiComs liquidated most of the dissenters from that campaign... Revisionism is great. That course (and in particular, it's failings) was one of the prime movers behind me dropping out of college, (wanted to be a history teacher) and becoming a mechanic.
SevenPaul7  [Team Member]
5/29/2010 4:46:26 AM EST
If it was up to me, I would begin about 1900.
Lay out a foundation of how the various Empires covered Africa and such, build a lead into WW1 - the economic aftermath, cruise thru the 20's ... hit hard on the build up to WW2 ...cruise the late 40's.

Hammer the Korean War and the Various Wal-Mart suppliers contribution to the Death of thousand of GI's ...Hammer again on the Peaceniks of the 60's and why Japan developed a nuke program after the Democrats sold out the Vietnamese.

Cover the disaster of Jimmy Crater, the recovery of Ronald Reagan, the dudness of GW Bush.

And to make it interesting - show the students documentation showing why FDR threw innocent people into jail/camp (Including the real estate records showing that after the Japanese farmers were locked up, the LA Times was able to purchase the downtown LA Japanese Flower and Vegetable Market for a song....

(Now part of their downtown LA Printing plant)

The theme would be "Always follow the money -Always"

Now the next day?
eracer  [Team Member]
5/29/2010 4:48:32 AM EST

Jeffersonian Doctrine.
ByNameRequest  [Team Member]
6/16/2010 10:59:12 AM EST
OP,

What did you end up teaching your students? AAR?

BNR
SevenPaul7  [Team Member]
6/18/2010 8:09:56 PM EST
Originally Posted By jeffsenpai:
School year is almost over, testing is finished, and soon I will have the opportunity to teach about 1.5 weeks of modern U.S. History to some high school juniors. I say modern because I want to cover events from the Reagan years––>present. I have some ideas, and topics I have covered in years past - but I want the opinion of others - what do you think is relevant?

If you had the opportunity to teach a lesson on any one topic what would you do?


1st and 2nd Iraq War?
9/11 and terrorism?
Afghanistan?
something else?

It would probably help them prepare for the real world if you were to have them read "Compromised" by Terry Reed, and "Dark Alliance" by Gary Webb.
(The proceeds from those operations were used to guide the collapse of the USSR without it turning in WW3.

jeffsenpai  [Member]
6/19/2010 9:06:55 PM EST
Originally Posted By ByNameRequest:
OP,

What did you end up teaching your students? AAR?

BNR


In the end, I let the students have a say on the issue. I made them do a research project on current events in the USA. Some students chose the AZ immigration issue, some chose the BP oil spill, healthcare, etc. It was a pretty successful assignment, keeping their minds occupied during the last days of school.
ByNameRequest  [Team Member]
6/22/2010 3:31:53 PM EST
That sounds like it ended up well. Hopefully you were able to get them to link these current events to things that have happened before.
Fatbert  [Team Member]
7/3/2010 6:22:09 PM EST
US involvement abroad from 1947 to 1990. Greece, Korea, Iran, Laos, the Congo, Vietnam, Cambodia, Angola, Latin America, etc.

Give both sides of the story. The left's narrative has dominated this part of history for too long.
futuremodal  [Member]
7/3/2010 8:29:26 PM EST
Progressivism as the antithesis of a Constitutional Republic.
gus  [Team Member]
7/3/2010 8:46:39 PM EST
It's not history so much as economics, but history proves, over and over again, that reducing taxation increases revenues every time it's tried (as a result of increased economic activity in the private sector), and increasing taxation reduces revenues (since higher taxes cause decreased economic activity in the private sector). It has been demonstrated repeatedly numerous times, from JFK to Ronald Reagan, as only two examples. Point out that government does not create any economic activity. This should be common knowledge to any high school senior. Apparently, a sizable portion of the populous can't grasp it.

Also, discuss the utter failure of pacifism in dealing with vicious enemies.

ETA: Or at least those would have been my recommendations had I been a tad more timely...
staringback05  [Team Member]
7/4/2010 5:43:59 PM EST
our intelligence services and the weight they have held in shaping cultures and events around the world...also the outcomes of their actions...see berlin wall, WMD iraq. 9/11, kenya..etc
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