There could be more about the role of minorities in US History.
Frederick, Md (KM) There’s expected to be a lot of discussion among Frederick County School Board members on how history is taught in the classroom That’s according to Board of Education President Brad Young, who was a guest recently on WFMD’s “Success Happens.”
He says it could mean more teaching about African-Americans and other minorities, and their roles in US History. “The part of that is also learning other struggles and minorities as they’ve come up in this country. The struggles of the LGBTQ community and a number of other folks. They are a part of our society and that should be a part of history, a part of it We should learn about a lot things,” he says.
But this does not mean glossing over some of the more unpleasant stories from the nation’s past. “You don’t need to erase history. One of the things that we’ve learned is that if you ignore history, you’re bound to repeat it,” he says. “Certainly, we want to make sure that history is part of the curriculums that we have.”
But he acknowledges that not everything about the past can be taught due to time limitations. “We need to always go back and look the curriculum that we have and making sure that we’re putting enough of the right history in there,” Young says. “It’s clear we don’t have time to teach all history. So we got to make sure that we prioritize and teach history that is relevant and is important to our students.”
He says he would like to see more local history taught in public schools, such as where the name “Frederick” came from, and the story of Barbara Fritchie.
No time was given on when the Board of Education might begin discussing the teaching of history in schools.
By Kevin McManus