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 Category:  General Non-Fiction
  Posted: July 25, 2020      Views: 71

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I wrote a human interest column for three newspapers and front page feature stories for a monthly publication in Metro Atlanta for nearly 20 years. I currently free lance for a local magazine. I conducted workshops in schools and correctional facilit - more...

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We met at an afternoon tea. An air of integrity about her suggested she literally had it altogether. And I soon learned she did.

Through broken English she told me she was a high school literature teacher in Yugoslavia. I thought about how politicians are trying to toss certain classic novels out of our schools, so I asked what books she taught.

"Only the classics. Good, classic novels," she said. "Those in power don't pay much attention to literature teachers. They care only about history books, which are all lies. Every time someone new is in power, they write new lies. Everyone knows you can't believe history books, but in literature we learn about the human condition. Through good books we learn truths about people."

I thought about the revisionist history books those in power have placed in our schools. Books that leave out politically incorrect dead white men.

I know some social studies teachers who supplement the texts with their own lecture notes, but someday they'll all retire. And then all we'll have is politically correct lies. Just like in Yugoslavia.

But at least in Yugoslavia, they're not throwing out good classic literature. At least somewhere in this world there is hope for the truth.


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