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Old 14 April 2018, 04:55 AM
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You have a point, ganz. Too often the approach to teaching history in this country is the teacher hands the students bundles of tree branches. Since the students never see the whole tree, never mind the forest, it makes it darn near impossible to understand how all the various memes that inform a culture and influence things for better and for worst.

It would also be interesting to introduce such psychological concepts as Cognitive Dissonance to help better understand how Thomas Jefferson could preach life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, while denying it to the slaves he owned. By all accounts, even Jefferson recognized the divide between his beliefs and his slave-owning. He struggled with the issue for all his life, but never resolved it and it might be interesting to try to look through his eyes and figure out why he may have chosen not to.
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