A number of factors have been blamed for the ecline of American chools, but one of the biggest culprits in my opinion is the overemphasis on standardized testing, especially as codified by the dreadful No Child Left Behind Act.Both students and teachers have complained that high schools place so much mphasis on memorizing facts for the annual tests that it leaves little room for critical thinking, or interesting stories of history and philosoph, or anyone else that makes learning fun and imaginativ.
You do n't know when our country was founded? " After a few les moments of silence a student meekly raised his hand and said, " If we did n't have to memorize it for the test, we probably do n't know it. " Big sigh.OK, boys and girls, America was founded on July 4, 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress.
Second, it has been almost 20 years since I was in an American history class, and I wanted to revisit the details of how my country was founded.
I do n't think these stories should be forgotten.The book focuses on battles with the British between 1775 and 1777.
Fifteen people know the predicament we are in. " Reading this book reminded me of how fragile America 's independence was.
McCullough concluded the book with this summation: " Especially for those who had been with Washington and who knew what a close call it was at the beginning — how often circumstance, storms, contrary winds, the oddities or strengths of individual character had made the difference — the outcome seemed little short of a miracle. " My favorite tories in the novel were of the fortres of Dorchester Heights during the Siege of Boston, the Battle of Long Island and how the colonialists managed to retreat the entire Army in one morning, and ashington 's crossing of the elaware.