Don’t get me wrong – Lincoln, Washington, Jackson, Hamilton, Roosevelt, and Jefferson are awesome. I am no expert on pedagogy, but I think high school students suffer for not having enough exposure to their letters and to their own practical and theoretical work on the development of the United States.
Kind of like how high school biology could benefit from de-emphasizing the pseudo-surgical exploration of frog spleens, a bottom-up approach toward understanding biodiversity, in service of a curriculum equipped to use evolution as a top-down framework for seeing how all life goes.
If America wants Americans to really dig America, they should consider placing our best and brightest in our wallets, piggy banks, stamps, and elsewhere. There’s a bigger picture to be understood than the frog spleen/presidents with whom we’ve always contented ourselves.* Below is a partial list of people I’d recommend.
* I know Benjamin Franklin wasn’t a president. Go write a history book, you fucking pedant.