Witch hunt : At what age do you think children should learn about the ugliness in history?

October 28, 2015

It seems to me everytime I find myself teaching history, the more I am telling my child how ugly the world can be. This is depressing. First it started out with the definition of slaves, then it was the story about America was stolen from native americans and now I am wanting to tell them about all the witch hunts in europe and in OUR country. You know the strong women  like herbalist, midwives and property owners that were burned alive for intimidating men. I stopped myself from explaining this story to my chilren because It occurred to me, possibly she was too young to hear about these things. Maybe I would be planting seeds of hurt, fear and anger in her subconscious. On the other hand, I want my children to trust that I will always tell them the truth. I want to educate my children. But my oldest is only 6. When is a good age to begin teaching your child about all the horrible ways we have hurt each other in history? What’s your opinion?

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