I’ve always been a big fan of history, but I’m beginning to think I don’t have much company.
A 2015 survey commissioned by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni found that nearly 60 percent of college graduates did not know how the U.S. Constitution is ratified. The same percentage wrongly called Thomas Jefferson the father of the Constitution. (It’s James Madison.) And nearly 40 percent did not know that Congress has the power to declare war.
If children are to grow up knowing American history – and the many ways God has blessed our nation – then it’s up the parents. My wife and I have incorporated several learning methods to do this in my home, including kid-friendly books and visits to historical sites, but we’ve also discovered several TV and audio theater programs that have boosted our children’s knowledge of U.S. history – and whetted their appetite to learn more.
Here are my six favorites:
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