Unbroken (One of 2010’s Must-Reads) | Challies Dot Com

Unbroken (One of 2010’s Must-Reads) | Challies Dot Com.

The book which Tim Challies (“Informing the Reforming”) reviewed last year and called “easily one of the best books I read in 2010”, I have just finished reading. And I can add to the accolades for this book. It is truly one of the best human interest and history books I have ever read. The story of Louie Zamperini, one-time Olympic runner, WW II bombadier, and Japanese POW, is almost without belief. You will not be able to grasp fully the story of his survival and suffering. Until you get to the end – when you realize that God had his hand on this man long before he knew it. It is a brutally graphic story – not for children and not for the faint of heart, but it is a great read.

I have linked here to Challies’ better and more thorough review if you care to read more about the book. I highly recommend it.

The Weekend Interview With David McCullough: Don’t Know Much About History – WSJ.com

The Weekend Interview With David McCullough: Don’t Know Much About History – WSJ.com.

 

In this sad but hopeful interview author and historian David McCullough ( Truman, John Adams, Brave Companions, 1776, etc.) comments on the poor knowledge today’s students have of history and offers ways to remedy this. As one who enjoys history – and his books! – I found his enthusiasm for history at age 77 and his counsel to be worth noting here. Here’s a snippet from the interview; read the rest at the link above.

 

 

‘We’re raising young people who are, by and large, historically illiterate,” David McCullough tells me on a recent afternoon in a quiet meeting room at the Boston Public Library. Having lectured at more than 100 colleges and universities over the past 25 years, he says, “I know how much these young people—even at the most esteemed institutions of higher learning—don’t know.” Slowly, he shakes his head in dismay. “It’s shocking.”

He’s right. This week, the Department of Education released the 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress, which found that only 12% of high-school seniors have a firm grasp of our nation’s history. And consider: Just 2% of those students understand the significance of Brown v. Board of Education.

Mr. McCullough began worrying about the history gap some 20 years ago, when a college sophomore approached him after an appearance at “a very good university in the Midwest.” She thanked him for coming and admitted, “Until I heard your talk this morning, I never realized the original 13 colonies were all on the East Coast.” Remembering the incident, Mr. McCullough’s snow-white eyebrows curl in pain. “I thought, ‘What have we been doing so wrong that this obviously bright young woman could get this far and not know that?'”

Answer: We’ve been teaching history poorly. And Mr. McCullough wants us to amend our ways.