You know what your problem is?

It’s that your kids aren’t learning squat about American history.  And the reason they aren’t is because their teachers are boring, incompetent ideologues who hate this country and all it stands for.

Luckily for you, Mike Huckabee is here to help.  He and the folks at his new Save Our History initiative have it all figured out:

When our company’s co-founders, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and Brad Saft, first got together, they had a mutual goal: to make learning history fun for kids.  As they discussed the challenges of getting kids interested in history, they discovered the problem is not the stories themselves (in fact, the stories are incredibly fascinating!)  Instead, the founders determined that the problem exists in how kids learn history.

It’s widely accepted that kids learn best through experience.  But, unfortunately, the only way kids are experiencing history today is by having it force-fed to them through dry text books, monotonous lectures and boring lessons.

See?  They’re not only thinking about history, but thinking about how kids learn.  If only professional educators had thought to do this, then we wouldn’t be in this fix.

On top of that, our children’s classes and learning materials are often filled with misrepresentations, including historical inaccuracies, personal biases and political correctness.

And if you didn’t know this already, then you clearly haven’t been spending enough time on the Internet.

With this knowledge, we set out to create the most experiential history product ever – one that would make it easy and fun for kids to understand American history, while remaining true to the facts and free from distorted messages that dilute the significance of our nation’s most important stories.

I know you’re probably sitting on the edge of your seat, grasping your computer’s keyboard with white knuckled-intensity as you wait for me to reveal what the “most experiential history product ever” entails.  Well, I won’t keep you in suspense any longer.  They’re going to send your kids cartoons to watch.

Educational cartoons designed specifically for kids!  Is that not revolutionary? What could be more experiential than sitting on your keister while watching a video?  I mean, if there’s one thing kids don’t get an opportunity to do enough these days, it’s sit around watching cartoons.

I was so awestruck at this revolutionary notion of taking the time to examine how kids learned and then applying the results that I decided to share it immediately. My mom actually trains teachers in a university’s education department, so I grabbed the phone and gave her a call.

“Mom,” I said, “you’d better brace yourself, because I’m about to blow your mind right the @#$% up.”

She told me to watch my language and explained that education programs actually require prospective teachers to take courses in pedagogy, learning styles, child development, and so on.  Then she asked me if I had any idea what time it was, and hung up.

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4 responses to “You know what your problem is?

  1. This made me laugh! Good stuff. My wife is a public school teacher, so this nonsense that gets thrown around about teachers who have no idea how kids “should” learn always irks me. People fall way too easily into the cop-out refrain of, “teachers are ignorant, incompetent and overpaid.” Anyone who says such things should be forced to spend a day in a classroom.
    Cartoons? Seriously?
    -Patrick

  2. I’m having a flashback to ‘Beavis and Butthead’ watching these Huckabee cartoons. The resemblance is uncanny: http://FunnyOrDie.com/m/y24

  3. Michael Lynch

    I know; they’re not even good-looking cartoons. I wonder who they got to do the animation?

    –ML

  4. I’m actually surprised that this one got past “The Huckster”. Doesn’t he know that FDR was a Democrat? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VP6jyGv6K2M&feature=player_embedded

    And these are only $9.95! Billy Mays would be so proud. http://learnourhistory.com/go.cfm?do=Video.ShowOffer

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