Susan Stepp Honest Advice for Teachers
My husband and I made a summer trek to New York state to visit our daughter’s
family. The drive is twenty hours so although we enjoy each other’s company, by North Carolina our conversation had deteriorated into counting how many Walmart trucks we’d passed and speculating the size of the sombrero that sits atop the “South of the Border” tower. That’s when I knew it was time for an audio book.
The book was 1776 by David McCullough. My lack of recall in relation to early American history is no reflection on my teachers but a result of my adolescent priorities consisting of cheerleading and lip gloss. So as I listened it was like sitting in history class again but actually enjoying myself. It’s a fascinating account of how we won our independence and who the players really were. I was astonished to learn that the men who fought were primarily farmers, vagabonds and just about anyone who could shoot a gun or carry a pitchfork. Half the time many were drunk and others walked away at will. An exceptional leader, George Washington knew what he was working with but managed to strategize and inspire just enough to pull it off.
There were stories of amazing courage and commitment. I found myself deeply touched by the sacrifices made by this ragtag group of ordinary citizens and a sense of pride in who actually won our freedom. Not trained, military specialists but plain old people like you and me.
No telling how many Walmart trucks we missed while enjoying McCullough’s book. It was just that good!