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What are we being taught?

Charlie Hahn
Malia Welch gives a thumbs up because she was given the opportunity to learn these things in middle school, while Jaden Larsen gives a thumbs down because she did not.

   There are several topics that are frowned upon being discussed in certain schools, but withholding certain information can set back a student’s education far beyond the point of return. For example, topics like the Holocaust, evolution, sex, and race are things some parochial schools may stray from teaching about.

   Now, it is understandable that these events are sensitive, but how are we to learn about the history of our country and our ancestors if we aren’t told about it in school?

   “I didn’t know anything about the Holocaust until this year,” said Veyronica Myers, a sophomore who went to private school until this year.

   Some public school students may have learned about these events in middle school, and continued learning about them in high school. However, many private schools only briefly address these subjects, often to avoid controversy. 

   But this is not the way it should be.

   “I learned a lot about the Holocaust, Pearl Harbor, and evolution in middle school,” said Trevor Hahn, a student who went to Belvidere Middle School.

   So are private school students expected to learn about these things on their own time? Or are private schools telling their students that these events are simply unimportant by not teaching about them?

   “I wish we would have learned about this kind of stuff in middle school,” said Myers. “So that I could be more prepared for high school. And, it would be nice to understand our country’s history.”

   “Shielding” students from these topics is not good for them. It deprives them of knowledge they should have. There are people graduating and moving out into the world who don’t know about these things, simply because they were never taught.

   “I feel bad for the people who never learned about the wars and stuff,” said Derek Little, senior. “I’m glad I had the opportunity to.”

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