There are also some excuses for not teaching history. We'll address six that are commonly used.
There's Not Enough Time
I Haven't Had Enough Content Training.
It Makes Me Uncomfortable.
It's Too Controversial.
There are More Important Subjects.
Look at the amount of training that goes into the college education of an elementary teacher. What percentage of the coursework is spent in the Social Studies, Civics, and History. One three-hour course is about it, and even then the class gets really caught up in methodology, and it doesn't cover content at all. There is a lot of talk about, "If they can't read, they can't learn any other subject," and "Kids today have to learn STEM to compete in the workplace," but what about citizenship, responsibility, and respect? Who is to say that reading is important if students have no purpose to their reading? Who's to say arithmetic is important if students cannot apply it in the real world? Who is to say that science is important if students can't trace scientific developments and see them in context?