Historic Preservation

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In a recent national report, the history curriculum in Mississippi's K-12 schools earned the grade of 'F'.

A group of historians and educators met at MSU Meridian Wednesday to address that issue and find a solution.

"History is being taught fairly accurately in schools, but it is not emphasized enough," said Mitchell. "It is not an important part of the No Child Left Behind legislation."

Another problem is that some students just don't understand history. One solution to help make the subject more tangible to these students is a type of oral history, presented by the men and women who were there.

"Making up a list of veterans, veterans of WWII, veterans of the Korean conflict and so forth, that would be available to teachers for visits in the classroom," Mitchell said.

But this presents problems of its own, those men and women are getting older.

To preserve their memories and their impressions, they will be interviewed on camera, so that classrooms of the future will understand the emotions of the past.

"It's my opinion that the most valuable contribution that these men can make is from their personal experiences from their lives," said Mitchell. "The things they lived first hand."