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Future Present

June 3, 2008

Something about the current zeitgeist reminds me of the 1960s, but I may be the only one.

We just started a summer project at the Indiana Humanities Council to ascertain what, and how, our high schoolers are learning about the second half of the twentieth century. One of the participating teachers said that she had once assigned, as an oral history project, interviewing people about their memories of JFK’s assassination. Some of the students said they didn’t know anyone old enough.

Well, it seems to me that a lot more happened in The Sixties (that is, the decade from 1963 to 1975) than in most other eras of America’s history. It was a time of extraordinary happenings. The good news is that our young people are eager to learn about those events, which is fortunate because they’re now living through revolutionary times, just as some of us did back then.

To that extent, it would appear that Faulkner was correct about the past. It’s not.

This entry was posted by: Nancy
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