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Watching History from the Classroom

By Camaron Abundes   
NewsWest 9

ODESSA- The inauguration of President Barack Obama will no doubt be historic, but one Odessa mother is afraid her daughter won't see it. Sharon McCugh told NewsWest 9 she was shocked to learn her daughter's fourth grade class at Cameron Elementary won't be watching the coverage.

"I don't think of myself as extraordinarily patriotic or sentimental, but this is a very large historical event," said McCugh.

McCugh learned that her daughter's class will take a practice TAKS test on Tuesday. E.C.I.S.D. spokesperson Mike Adkins says it is up to individual teachers and principals to decide to tune in.

"It really does become a balancing act for teachers in those subject areas," he said.

Adkins says some schools like Bonham Junior High School will be watching, still McCugh wants more students to take part in the event.

"I just took it for granted that my child would be fed her daily dose of current events in history," McCugh said.

McCugh says she remembers President Reagan's inauguration.

"I do remember exactly where I was," she said she was in her school auditorium.

She hopes her daughter will remember the ceremony of the 44th President of the United States of America, not just because of what Mr. Obama accomplished but what so many civil rights activists sacrificed.

"It's pretty hard to imagine African Americans couldn't vote or drink from the same water fountains as white people, or go to the same schools, or stay on the same side of the bus. It's really cool that only after a few decades how things have changed," Student Casey McCugh, said.

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