In the next few weeks, students of all ages will be returning to school.

Will it be education taught in the classroom or by “television” ? The debate is on and it seems the answer is “both ways” ... and the other problem is  how to protect the students and teachers from getting the virus. 

During the early 1940’s I was attending Lincoln High School in Cleveland. It had more students of various nationalities than any school in Cleveland so LHS was chosen to have “experimental classes.” In the ninth and 10th grades, we had one two-hour class per week in English, French or German, World or U.S. History, Biology, Mechanical Drawing, Printing, Carpentry, Molding, Typing and Music.  In the 11th and 12th grades, we chose whatever we wanted for full-time studies. 

In our American history class, our teacher was Mr. Baumgartner; he was also the author of the book we were using.  During the Civil War, we learned about the freed black slaves that had joined the Union army (roughly 179,000 black men — 10% of the Union Army — served as soldiers in the Army and another 19,000 served in the Navy.

Nearly 40,000 black soldiers died over the course of the war — 30,000 of infection or disease.)  Note: The black men did not receive equal pay or benefits given to others.

We are now experiencing demonstrations, police/military action, teargas, fires, destruction of various buildings, businesses, etc. There have also been statues destroyed and the possibility of changing the names of  military bases, buildings,etc., are being discussed.  If we do this, how do we remember history? Today in some schools history is no longer being taught. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” —Santana.

In approximately two months, we will have elections for President and other political offices. Have you remembered the past, the present and thought about the future? Your vote counts! 

Saad Assad

Ashtabula

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