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Growing up, I was indifferent to history. I didn't hate it, but it certainly wasn't my favorite or best subject, either. Even as a young adult, I kind of rolled my eyes at people who got really into genealogy. I preferred to live in the present.
Then I had children, and everything changed.
Seven years into my motherhood journey, I can't say that I'm a history buff by any sense of the word. But I am a passionate student of the past. I want my children to love history. I want them to be able to make connections. I don't care if they know what year Columbus crossed the ocean blue, but I do want them to know what chain of events were put into place by that trans-Atlantic crossing. I don't care if my kids can name the signers of the Declaration of Independence, but I want them to know what our founding fathers were risking when they stuck out their necks and made history back in 1776.
If I'm not taking responsibility for my children's history education, who will? Do I want my kids to know the real Jamestown story, or am I just going to pop in Pocahontas and hope they learn a little bit of truth? How many US citizens do you know who never learned about the internment of all the Japanese-Americans on the West Coast during World War Two? Or who learn about the Pilgrim's brave passage every Thanksgiving but never realize how the Mayflower's landing impacted hundreds of thousands of Native Americans? If we're not careful, our kids are going to learn a twisted version of history, nicely edited and spliced to ignore the unsavory aspects.
If I never had children of my own, I probably would have never fully understood the importance of history education. I hope to remain an avid student of the past for the rest of my life, and I hope that my new chapter book series for kids helps inspire a whole new generation of history enthusiasts. (See alanaterry.com/topaz to see how book sales are raising funds to help preserve history for years to come.)
Random Fact #17: All four of my paternal great-grandparents were born in Japan.