Do you know at least what a third grader is required to know, according to the Virginia Standards of Learning?
Grade Three: History and Geography
3.2 The student will study the early West African empire of Mali by describing its oral tradition (storytelling), government (kings), and economic development (trade).
Darn, I spent so much time learning about the foundations of western civilization, the history of our country, the founding fathers of our nation, and the qualtities and attributes of the state where I lived that I suppose I missed this critical part of a well rounded elementary school education. I am multi-culturally deficient, and must go now and pay homage by reading about Kwame Nkrumah in order to remedy what is clearly a stunning lack of the fundamentals of american citizenship.
The history and culture of Mali is a fundamental part of being a well-rounded american third grader. It’s news to me.
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