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I knew something needed to change when I said something about Aristotle and one of my students, whose identity I would like to protect, replied, “Who is Aristotle?” I had successfully failed college Philosophy, so I at least knew that Aristotle was a Philosopher. Still, the question deflated me. Maybe I should worry about protecting MY identity?

In our little homeschool we had studied world history, including the Greeks, even through the elementary grades. We had used a pretty hands-on method to drive home (home being the memory) certain periods - mummified a chicken when we were studying Egypt... We had created World History binders, along the way, to showcase what we had “learned.”

My student, who couldn't remember Aristotle, had completed the lesson on The Greeks in her high school World History course. My oldest son and high school graduate had used this same course when he was at the high school level. He had made power point presentations for the lessons on the Greeks and the Romans. We all watched them together.

At one point, my student who shall remain nameless, had complained to me, “Mom, I can’t remember anything I’m learning in history” to which her big brother replied, “I didn’t learn anything using that course either." He went on to say, "I didn’t care about history until now (college) … history is a waste of time when you are not interested.”

We (mom and children) are either genetically predestined to apathy when it comes to history, or we have been cursed with terrible memories, or we are immature late bloomers... Maybe the apathy makes the brain nonabsorbent. I didn’t remember much about history, a truth which was evident every time I played “teacher” to any of my “students.” I always felt like I was learning the information for the first time, most of the time. The difference now – it kinda sticks. Well, the adhesive is weak, but I have the History Channel now to cure it.

Maybe I’m like my oldest. I didn’t feel like history was important – nothing about American history, world history, or Texas history found a welcoming spot in my memory - until college. We both had Dr. Hardin for history at Victoria College. It was either that we had finally matured and developed a type of empathy for those who came before us or Hardin had made history a personal matter. He did make me feel like I was a part of the story - living in the future's history. (That last set of words kinda confused me too.) Historical figures were presented as being so human - so easy to relate to - that they were almost touchable - character flaws and oozing wounds that wouldn't heal... (I would only touch that with a roll of paper towels and a bottle of peroxide.)

Come on!  It means,

I am probably the only student in the history of The Victoria College to miss the question on the Texas History final about the “come and take it" flag. In my defense, it’s not that I hadn’t driven through Gonzalez a million times in my life, it’s that to me, a true or false question … makes me think too much. “Come and get it” means the same to me as “Come and take it.” So, TRUE because "Come and get it" is giving the same message, "I dare you."

Give me my A!!!

P.S. I added "part one" in the title of this post because I had planned on writing about how I am supplementing our world history course, thanks to the question. It does include some on Aristotle. But, when I tried to write about that, I went off on this. That's what usually happens.