Iskra Posted June 24, 2012 Share Posted June 24, 2012 So, I'm toying with the idea of teaching American History next year, in addition to SOTW year 1 with my 2nd grader (frankly, I just can't wait 3 years to get to American History, and I'm anxious to learn more about it since I'm not from the US and haven't ever studies US history in details.) I had been looking at different American History curricula and had trouble deciding, but then I run into a bunch of threads on this forum talking about some history curricula being untruthful, or providential etc, and now I'm even more confused and concerned and have even more trouble deciding. So first, can someone please explain to me exactly what does the term "providential history" mean and then how it applies to history books. Secondly, from the little bit of information here and there that I've gleaned on threads discussing this, it sounds to me like it is not so much that modern history books are being written in this way, but mostly that old ones (which are superior to modern ones in other ways: quality of narrative, ability to capture and retain the attention of young audiences etc) have this problem, and not so much as intentional deception, but rather more as a reflection on the prevalent opinions/views on history at the time that those books were written. In other words who is to say that a 100 years from now people that read history books written today will not find them equally objectionable for completely different reasons that we are now oblivious to because it is just how we view and understand the world and history at this point in time? Please forgive my ignorance if I am misrepresenting the issue, because again I'm not even 100% what providential history means, but I'm hoping someone responding to this thread will help me understand. So please suggest to me American History programs for a 2nd grader with lots of wonderful literature both fiction and non-fiction to go with it, lots of pictures etc. As far as the spine is concerned, I think I will like 2 of them. One from a secular perspective and one from the providential perspective so that they'll balance each other out and both perspectives will be presented (btw, are there other perspectives besides these two?) Also, for anything controversial in any book I want a warning and also if possible an explanation of what is controversial about it and a suggestion as to how to discuss it with the student, but I definitely do not want to censor out racist and other types of inappropriate content as long as it was considered appropriate at the time when the book was written. I just simply want the help to be able to discuss it with my kid and explain to him why it is wrong, but why it wasn't considered wrong back than. Last but not least, I definitely want a warning if I'm going to be dealing with "Americans are better than everyone else" in a book, and not just what book it is in, but what chapter or page, because I don't read everything with my kids. There is quite a bit that they read on their own without me and I don't want issues like that to go unaddressed and unexplained. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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