Letter: We don't need statues or monuments to teach history

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In a July 12 letter , Leo F.J. Wilking wrote, "...Fargo's schoolchildren should be taught a history that recognizes that even flawed individuals can and should be celebrated for a life that included greatness."

Wilking is another person concerned that the memory of Woodrow Wilson will evaporate if his name is removed from a building.

Teaching kids is a tremendous idea. I hope the school board looks into it. Luckily, humans have recorded history in books. Reading a book or many books will inform a child or an adult more about Woodrow Wilson than any brick structure.

Truthful history is also available on 8-track, cassette, CD, and in various serial publications. Museums are also excellent and there are documentaries on nearly every historical topic.

If a person really wanted to go nuts, Yale University offers free classroom lectures that go pretty deep. If one has a short attention span, Crash Course presents condensed videos on YouTube.


The internet is teeming with information, but you need to possess the instincts to sort out the false narratives, like the many sources whose express purpose is to put a thick layer of polish on the Confederacy. More people, including Donald Trump, should take the opportunity to discover the whole story.

History can be discovered in thousands of places, Mr. Wilking.

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