To All, I know that all of us, at one time or another, express concern about what and how history is taught in our public schools nowdays. Well, just recently, I was contacted by my grandson's 8th grade teacher who asked if I would be interested in giving a Civil War presentation to her students, to supplement her own history program on the war. I agreed and asked her what I could present to support her program. She sent me the following list of "learning targets" that she would be teaching the 8th graders during this unit of instruction. They are: -Deep look into the life of Abe Lincoln - personal life, political life, war hero. -Strengths and weaknesses of the Union and the Confederacy. -Deep look into the life of Jefferson Davis & analyzing the Confederate Constitution. -Analyzing war songs of the North and South. -The Battle of Bull Run. -The South's plan to defeat the North. -The North's plan to defeat the South. -The Emancipation Proclamation/Antietam - Motives and timing, and the lasting impact. -The life of a soldier. -African American contributions. -War hospitals. -Problems each side faced at home. -The fall of Vicksburg and the Union victory at Gettysburg. -The Gettysburg Address. -Lincoln's reelection and the end of the civil war. Frankly, I was QUITE amazed at all the items and subjects this teacher is going to cover (or attempt to cover) during this "unit." I don't know about your own past experience in history class during your time in school, but I know for a fact that I had nothing like this during my time in 8th grade, or in all of my time in high school! Gives me great hope for the future and a VERY deep appreciation of ALL teachers in our public schools, as I know how hard it is to just teach in today's world. Thanks to each and every one of you who do so. Your courage and determination are indeed, truely awesome. Sincerely, Unionblue. PS, I will be giving my presentation on Monday, May 9, starting at 8 AM, to five classes of 230 8th graders in the school auditorium. Wish me luck!