Sleep Now…Pay Later

I will admit it. While I was in middle and high school, I thought history classes were the most boring thing God ever created. I passed the classes with A’s (because I couldn’t bring home anything less than that on my report card), but I definitely slept through a good chunk of those classes. The history classes I stayed awake for were filled with recall, read alouds, and were torturous as I sat through them.books march 19 2013

At the time, it was not obvious to me that I simply had teachers who left me uninspired. Their lessons lacked that “Je ne sais quoi” and influenced my lack of interest in history. At that time, I thought I really didn’t need to know much about history.

Now, as an adult, I long to know more about history. I wish I had picked the minds of my teachers a little more. And so…because I slept then…I have paid for it now. It is evident in this huge stack of books I have ordered within the past few months as my curiosity about the civil rights movement, the history of my state, and an understanding of global conflicts grows stronger.

I think this stack of books should definitely last me until the Christmas holidays, if I stick to a strict reading regime.

Want to know what I ordered? Just click on the Reading Queue tab.

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5 thoughts on “Sleep Now…Pay Later

  1. Isn’t you dilemma the natural progression of things? I recently emailed an old college professor to A) apologize that I didn’t give it 100% in his class and B) give me a second chance to pick his brains about statistics (another exciting subject when we are young!!). Keep learning.

    • Yes, I agree it is the natural progression we go through during our younger years. But the fact that I LOVED all my classes except for my history classes boggles me. At least I developed a love of reading and can always go back and educate myself.

  2. Better late than never Jackie, you live in one of the most infamous hotbeds of the civil rights era, and if you can bridge a gap for students to appreciate this and the work that still needs to be done, that would be a blessing. they must become active citizens, understanding that there are still too many still trying to take our voting rights away-as an example!

    • Yes, Ms. Foss. You couldn’t have said it better. Just this week, I attended two panel discussions at Tougaloo College led by the Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement. For the past month, I have been reading a book about the Civil Rights Struggle in Mississippi and I couldn’t believe that the program was led by the very people the book was about- those who protested, were arrested, who were initial members of MS chapters of NAACP, SNCC, and CORE. The only thing about the events that saddened me was the lack of young people that were in attendance. We definitely have to figure out a way to bridge the gap and get our youth more involved.

  3. I too want to learn more history, now that I’m an adult. I feel that everytime I learn about conflicts and war from both sides, the more I understand why the world is the way it is today. History from a global perspective is like turning the lights on at a party and seeing the people and the environment for what it really is. I believe for many, its too sobering and not a good sight. For me, complete history is naked and beautiful.

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