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The Scoop - Don't leave out parts of history
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I’m excited to see Warren Arts tackle a production of “Tuck Everlasting” because the story presents an intriguing question.

If you were given the opportunity to drink from a fountain that offers eternal life, would you do it?

We were split on that question here in the newsroom when we were discussing it yesterday. The question reminds me of an interview I did about a decade ago with a 102-year-old woman. The really neat part of the interview was I also talked to her 104-year-old sister.

The 104-year-old was much more lucid than her younger sister and I will always remember what she told me. Living so long was a curse, she said. She had outlived every one of her friends. She had outlived all of her children. Living such a long life was not an enjoyable experience.

The one positive I can see to living for more than a century is at least you’d have experienced a large chunk of American history for yourself. At the time of the interview, the 104-year-old had lived through roughly half of the existence of the United States. I wonder if she made detailed notes.

I haven’t paid much attention to all the hoopla surrounding Critical Race Theory, which has suddenly become a nationwide talking point. I’m one of the many people who has no doubt googled “What is Critical Race Theory” in an effort to find out what people are talking about.

My thoughts are this. Our schools should be doing their very best to teach history as accurately as possible. Parts of history should not be omitted.

History is not always glamorous. The fact the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan isn’t exactly a scrapbook moment for America, but World War II should still be taught in school.

Teach the historic facts, the best that those facts can be determined, and let the students decide the significance, the justification, and the humanity of it all. To purposefully ignore certain historical information because it is deemed offensive is simply a form of censorship and government overreach.

I’ve written many times about how government officials like to proclaim they are for less government with fewer regulations. Then they proceed to expand government and pass more regulations.

This Critical Race Theory narrative is a perfect example of that happening from all our Tennessee lawmakers who claim the government should not be interfering in our lives.

Passing a state policy that forbids certain issues from being taught in school seems like a wrongheaded approach. I don’t care if we’re talking about Critical Race Theory or the Wright Brothers taking flight at Kitty Hawk, the government doesn’t need to be in the business of banning subjects from the classroom.

If we could live forever like the characters in “Tuck Everlasting” it would lessen the need to study history. But since that story is just a fairy tale, it would be best if we stuck to teaching our children history as accurately as possible without purposely leaving parts out.

Standard editor James Clark can be reached at 473-2191.