Monday, May 25, 2015

Adventure Games in World History - Making History Exciting and Relevant

Dinner Talk Question: How do you make history exciting and relevant?
Recently a teacher called in to a radio talk show and informed us that history was being removed from school curricula. It seems that history is being sacrificed for political agenda. I thought, how sad. Now our kids are going to be more detached than ever from their heritage. But then, years ago, when I was in school (and I am a grandmother), the history books were boring anyway. Moreover, they were loaded with falsehoods. It is past time that we parents and grandparents reclaim our rightful role as conveyers of our heritage and values to our children, and not just the young ones. Young adults have also been deprived of facts about the epic heroes in our heritage. Most of the great epic heroes were taught privately or at home, anyway. And some very great brains were kicked out of school.

Voices from the Past Teach Us Today
So we have before us the splendid adventure of exploring with our families the vast treasure trove of fascinating forgotten epic stories in our rich American heritage. The heroes and villains, as well as the events put into motion by the choices of these individuals, are as thrilling as any popular fantasy of today. In fact, when you learn how much these voices from the past can influence your future, all the pulp fiction will be languishing in the dustbin.
Where to begin? First of all, we'll start collecting banned books. That's already starting to sound exciting. What kinds of books are banned by the State Religions (atheism and Islam)?
1) The Bible, the Book of Mormon, and any other forms of Judeo-Christian scripture.
2) Accurate biographies of the Founding Fathers, because those men were (ahem) religious.
3) Any classic literature that teaches the values we cherish
These and many others did not make it past the cutting room floor of moral relativism in government schools. Let's create an ongoing book list of the fascinating forgotten epic stories.
Epic Heroes in Training
So, Parents, as teachers of the rising generation, how do you make history relevant? As exciting as these stories are, if we don't learn how to apply them to our day, then we can't be the epic heroes we need to be, and rescue our sacred and endangered heritage. We've got to think!
Here is our strategy. Truth will be our headlight, so we can see to lead the train of rising generations down the right tracks into a future of peace and liberty. In the vast treasury of epic stories that comprise history, select and examine meaningful events or "moments" in ancient, early American, and modern times. You will see patterns emerge.
Yes, history does repeat itself, because human choices, good and bad, have consequences. Find the heroes (who promote liberty), and the villains (who destroy freedom). Compare the consequences of choices by individuals from each era, then do an analysis based on the causes and effects of the events given. Don't underestimate the imagination and intelligence of young adults to connect the dots. They love a challenge and a puzzle. This is great practice in problem-solving, and builds effective leaders. Hang on, here we go!
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