My daughter’s 8th-grade History and Geography teacher is teaching Ancient Civilizations this year. She gives some cool homework assignments.
Recently, R had to write three journal entries from the point of view of Emperor Wu, of the Han Dynasty. Each entry had to be six or seven sentences long and they had to include three innovations. Continue reading
Posted in History
Tagged America, American, Amerika, Amerikaans, Burgeroorlog, Civil War, education, geschiedenis, history, onderwijs, opinie, opinion, slavernij, slavery, United States
I have always respected most religious beliefs. Sure, I put my foot in my mouth occasionally, but I have no problem with religion in itself. I can see how there’s a human need for spirituality of one kind or another, and that some of us have a bigger need for it than others. However, there’s supposed to be a separation between church and state in this country, and when that idea is so blatantly trampled, when religion interferes with science, education, politics and human rights to the degree it does here, then the respect is clearly not mutual, and I don’t feel as obligated to be religiously correct. Continue reading
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Tagged America, creationism, education, gays, global warming, homoseksualiteit, homosexuals, House Science Committee, Netherlands, onderwijs, opinion, religion, science, statistics, United States
Another question I got from my funk post was: What do European kids learn about American history. Well, I can only talk about what I learned, but feel free to add to it in the comments, Dutch readers.
I had History several times a week, from seventh through eleventh grade, and from Mesopotamia to the Vietnam War, more or less. I seem to remember that we started learning about America in tenth grade, and it would have continued through eleventh grade, whenever America came up in relation to a certain period. This would have been around 1977-1978. I’ll just describe what I remember; trying to be systematic after all those years wouldn’t work.
Let’s have a look.
Posted in Education, Emigration / Immigration, High School, History, Holland, Politics, World War Two
Tagged America, American history, Amerikaans, culture, Dutch, education, emigration, history, immigration, Netherlands, onderwijs
This is the thirteenth and last (for now) post in a series about American high school students’ impressions on a presentation about the Netherlands in World War Two. Click here for the introduction to said presentation.
Any member of the resistance who was captured, was interrogated/tortured first to get names of more resistance members, and then shot. Sometimes in the dunes on the coast, sometimes in the street, as a deterrent.
Photo: Joh. van Bueren
Posted in High School, World War Two
Tagged education, Hannie Schaft, Headwaters School, history, Khabele School, movies, nazi war criminals, Netherlands, onderwijs, oorlogsmisdadigers, Simon Wiesenthal Center, The Assault, The Girl With the Red Hair, World War Two, WWII
This is the tenth post in a series about American high school students’ impressions on a presentation about the Netherlands in World War Two. Click here for the introduction to said presentation.
Posted in Education, Holland, World War Two
Tagged bevrijding, collaborators, education, Headwaters School, history, Khabele School, moffenmeiden, Netherlands, NSBers, onderwijs, shaving heads, sniper in Amsterdam, tweede wereldoorlog, World War Two, WWII