Tuesday, February 26, 2008


A study is out today that displays the steep decline in the historical awareness of young people. I give you a sampling of some of the results;

Among those students surveyed:

43% knew the Civil War was fought between 1850 and 1900.

52% could identify the theme of 1984.

51% knew that the controversy surrounding Sen. Joseph McCarthy focused on communism

While students were much better concerning pop culture and topical issues, the stark reality is that they do not know history. It is said that those who do not understand history are bound to repeat it. Be that as it may, there are other grave concerns that this study raises. The foremost, in my opinion is that students are open to revisionist history. Due to their lack of historical understanding they become much more susceptible to believing those who would come along and seek to change it, like the mad man in Iran. You may want to believe that it could never happen in our country, that young people will always know the truth of the Holocaust. And I am sure those who lived in the days following the Civil War would never have imagined that young people would not be able to identify the time frame of the war.

I have said for some time that a great mission field is the public school system, and I believe that churches ought to consider supporting people in those arenas. Particular to that field I would advocate History as a worthy subject to teach. What could be better than a true child of God teaching history? Which that teacher will know is truly His Story!

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pastor tom