Eigth Grade Social Studies – A Lesson in the Absurd

I felt compelled to write about recent events regarding my sons educational experience. He has begun the eighth grade and one of the first subjects that he has had questions about is that of social studies, but more directly were questions about the information he is being taught in contrast to what he has been exposed to in the past five years as a result of living and going to school in the pacific northwest in a Tlingit environment. As I too have first hand knowledge of living and working within the Pacific Northwest cultures, I attempted to make sense of the educational materials and explain to my son how we are going to get through this intentional deception and misdirection from the truth of the matter. Note that this material is not specific to the school he is attending. It is in every curriculum.

So I began to read what he is learning and immediately realized that I will have my work cut out for me if he is going to get a balanced educational experience and at the same time pass the required testing. The first obstacle was discussing the theoretical and contradictory land bridge theory across the Bering Strait. For what ever reason the invaders have developed theories that they deem important in an effort to provide an explanation for the existence of human populations on the previously unknown continents. In my experiences and acquaintances within Alaska, the lower 48, and all the way to the tip of South America, the indigenous peoples know and describe their presence within the continents much differently than what is being perpetrated into the minds of the unsuspecting.

Secondly, after reading just a couple of extremely generalized paragraphs devoted to the Native inhabitants of the Americas, based on a ridiculous made up story, the material quickly transitioned to the explorational endeavors and history of the invaders. There is no real attempt to study the land and the people in the land. Those studies are apparently unimportant. What apparently is of importance is the total elimination of the historical fact and a crafty redirection into details of the lives of the explorers, their governmental and economic systems that motivated them, and the religious beliefs, or lack thereof, that was used to justify their behavior and actions.

At this very same time I had been exploring a “new to me” audio book that is in the public domain by Edson L. Whitney titled “Four American Indians”. It has been recorded into an audio format and is available at https://librivox.org . It is an excellent resource that appears to be very accurate in detail and the historical record. It collaborates to a reference written by Alvin M. Josephy, Jr. “ 500 Nations, An Illustrated History of the North American Indians”. I am currently using these two materials along with our personal experiences, and knowledge gained from knowing and being a part of several Native cultures in Alaska and the Nations in the lower 48 States to teach my child about social studies.

I have reviewed the educational materials that are available for Columbus, De Soto, and Cortez. That true history is rife with crimes against humanity in the extreme. At this time, I have chosen to avoid any study on these people. I do not want add undue anxiety and additional conflicting information into the mix until it is the proper time. So for now I will allow the deception and flowery myths to prevail in the educational experience and concurrently teach on the Native People of the Americas, their contributions to the human experience, and how they interacted, cooperated, and eventually resisted the so called “civilized” cultures.

Remarks of Kevin Gover, Assistant Secretary-Bureau of Indian Affairs September 8, 2000

Lessons:

  1. The myth, uncivilized, uncultured groups of savage peoples just out of the cave-man era living in the New World.
  2. The reality of the grace, acceptance, and empathy extended to the newcomers to the new world.
  3. The treatment, the deception, the resistance, and in many histories the extermination of a free people, in the name of progress.
  4. An examination of the invading cultures, their true motivations and actions.
  5. Shedding one yoke for another, the American Revolution and the Great Law of Peace.
  6. The lie, building a new nation based on Gods Commandments, human rights, freedom and equality: but in reality based on twisted ideology, unjust and immoral laws, theft, murder and genocide, UN-equality, poverty and class warfare.

Women’s Health

The term Women’s Health is a very broad statement. It could mean almost anything and the list could be exhaustive but a few examples would include: mental, spiritual, diet, weight, disease, sex, relationship, marriage, physical, parental rights, and some might even try to argue fashion. A gamut of topics could and do fall under this heading. The term is very much like another term that is a favorite of government and that is “Essential Government Functions”. These two phrases are so vague, the only function they truly have is to confuse the recipient. And when people are confused they can easily be manipulated into participating in something that do not fully understand.

So, if you have a room full of lets say 200 people, and in that room there is a speaker presenting on the topic of “Women’s Health”, every person in that room will have a different definition, experience, expectation, and interpretation of the phrase and reason for being in the room.

In that context, I believe that, speakers, organizations, journalists, politicians, or anyone for that matter that is in the public eye demanding attention to their cause and that is using the term “Women’s Health” to define their argument is in fact intentionally misleading their followers and the people they are trying to persuade. If you are not careful to identify exactly what the message is, you are susceptible to being consumed by false teachings. You eventually will be in the crowd that is jumping off the cliff to your death simply because that is what the crowd is doing.

Lets begin with Women’s Health and Exposure within our Environment. I am not writing about the air, the allergens in the air, or the impurity in the drinking water. I am speaking to the immediate surroundings that we as human beings find ourselves exposed to everyday. The people we associate with, the noise, the traffic, the cell phones, the television, the cable TV, the radio, the internet. We as humans are being bombarded in every waking moment with a sales pitch of one sort or another. There are a multitude of people trying to influence you into a specific way of thinking. We have become so very accustomed to this exposure that we have become numb to it, and this constant bombardment is now accepted as the norm. But it is not normal.

How are they trying to accomplish their goal?

Instead of using the term “they”, I will refer to the exposure as“salesperson”. The salesperson is attempting to take complex subjects and boil it all down to a phrase, a soundbite, or a compilation of phrases, very much like the hook in a popular song. The salesperson is spending vast amounts of financial resources to entertain and manipulate you into buying a product, drug, service, idea, and or philosophy, that you did not know you needed and that typically goes against your better judgment. In addition, there are a million talking heads out there in main stream media and the alternative media hyping up bits and pieces of information and turning it into a story to promote their own agenda and in the process the salesperson is telling you what to think and how to think. Realize that just because an individual has a PHD. Dr., Honorable, RN, or Journalist designation in front of their name does not mean they can be trusted or that they even care about you as a person. In contrast however, there are people, organizations, and institutions out there in this exposure that truly have a passion for sharing positive uplifting information and direction that they believe to be valuable and very useful and they honestly want to share with you to help you and your family.

So, what can I do to help myself, my family, and my baby? First, we have to identify that we are all being exposed. Second, ask yourself is all this exposure good for me? Am I learning something of substance that has merit. Is this exposure going to help me form a proper decision. Are there intended or unintended consequences lurking in that information, guidance, product or service. Do I have all the facts? Is this information positive and uplifting, does it fill my need in a way that balances with my spiritual beliefs, my physical condition, the well being of my baby, the baby’s father, the needs of my family, extended family, and or proposed family. Does my family have exposure to the proper information, or are they reacting in misinformation and emotion? Will the proposed information or solution benefit all my considerations in the long term, or is this a short term fix.

Third, Do I need to turn on more filters to eliminate the negative or unnecessary exposure? Are these sources of exposure actually helping me or is it an agenda?

On any given day, can you tune into a television or radio show and all its associated commercial advertisement and witness an honest conversation or promotion for TRUE Women’s Health in context to a specific type? I CAN NOT.

There are thousands of Women’s Health facilities and pregnancy help facilities like “The Free Women’s Health Clinic” available but you would never know it unless you specifically searched on the internet, already have a specific connection to a facility based on geographical location, shared a link or a tweet, have a referral from a friend, colleague, pastor, doctor, mentor, family member, or by word of mouth.

I would like to conclude this commentary with this. Lets help one another turn on the filters to limit the exposure in the quest for truth and honest guidance. Avoid the general terminology traps such as “Women’s Health”. If we continue to speak in these terms , than we must expand the conversation to include every Man, Woman and Child in that discussion for we are all affected in the blessing of a new born or the death there of.

Stephen Simmons