"Teachers" was "Students under the age of twenty-five"
- To all who responded to my post:
"Students under the age of twenty-five"
was "Do You have this to deal with in Canada"
on this Yahoo Group and to my personal email inbox
In 1967 while living in Chatham Ontario I was asked to help with
the "Battle of The Thames" which was the city's Canadian Centennial
In a few years the "Fair at the Forks" became a yearly event.
(Possibly Mr. Dickerson can help me with the dates)
The Chatham event is now "Heritage Days' which is not the same event.
I worked on the first "Fair at the Forks" event and that is when I
started to attend schools in the Chatham area and offered a
'Soldiers of the War of 1812" presentation.
I dressed the students in USA and Crown uniforms and explained all
the parts of the soldier's kit.
We also discussed the Battle of The Thames which happened only a few
miles from Chatham.
I was told by a few of the teachers that the War of 1812 was touched
on but since the curriculum was very full it was impossible to cover
the War Of 1812 in detail.
The City of Chatham was also involved in the Underground Railroad,
Uncle Tom's Cabin, the John Brown Convention, that led to the raid on
Harper's Ferry, World War 2 German Prisoner of War Camp and other
historical events, thus the War of 1812 was only one of many
historical events that happened in or near the City of Chatham.
I had a band that played every week at a local pub. My piano player
was an executive of the Kent County Board of Education. I asked him
why the War of 1812 was not premier in the history course in Kent
County. He gave me the same answer as many of the teachers
had . . . . that the course covered too many things to go into the
War of 1812 in detail.
Many teachers 'DO' teach more on the War of 1812 than myself, my son
or the students I visited with the a 'Soldiers of the War of 1812"
But on the whole, the majority of teachers (in Kent County) did not
focus on the War of 1812. (My original statement)
I was also told at that time, by many teachers, that they had spent
the period before my visit to their class teaching the War of 1812 so
the students were aware of what I was about to say.
My accounts are correct for the time I lived in Chatham and my facts
are correct thus my BOLD STATEMENTS
(as one email,that was sent to me reads )
I moved from Chatham in 2000. Up to that time the War of 1812 was
one of many subjects touched on by teachers of the Kent County Board
of Education but was not studied in detail.
The board has since been amalgamated with other counties and I do not
know what the History Course consists of. The annual event known as
the "Fair at the Forks" DID make the area more aware of the War of
1812. As Mr. Dickerson has verified by his attending a class in 2007.
If you are a teacher who delves into the War of 1812 with your
students . . .
Good, hats off to you and huzzah to you! . . .
I do however stand by my statement,
that in my dealings with the schools in Chatham, Ontario Canada
"Not all teachers are as passionate about 1812 as some"
Thus the battle which raged on October 2, 1813 in the fields of Mark
Dickerson's farm (Battle of the Thames [Moraviantown])or the War of
1812 in general was not taught in detail as a rule to the students of
the Kent County Board of Education . . . save by a few passionate
Larry Lozon (L2)
PS: I did not answer any emails that were not signed and some
proclaimed teachers should use spell check before bitching me out!
And now back to "Aging Re-enactors" of which I am one . . .