A thought I’ve kicked around for a while is a series of short stories, written for new readers (1st through 3rd grade level or so), specifically aimed at boys, who are not well served in most modern schools (what do you MEAN “no running in the halls?” It should be mandatory. They are kids!). Inspired by my own son’s complaints that all the books offered at school are “boring,” but an endless appetite for stories about war and battles, I thought that maybe the solution is to teach history by writing age-appropriate war-stories. Get them hooked on reading and history by meeting them where they are.
I think that a cleaned up, simplified, historically accurate battle story, with appropriate virtues and lessons taught, would be a good thing to have. Fighting is a fact of history; putting it in context is invaluable. I thought starting with Marathon or Salamis would be good. In fact, most ancient battles could be used. Modern battles? Maybe not so much, but I could be wrong.
Anyone out there have thoughts on the topic?