Interesting article in the BBC News Magazine about how Japanese school classes never seem to quite get around to teaching about WWII: What Japanese history lessons leave out By Mariko Oi, BBC News, Tokyo http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21226068 But, in my experience, every country has its blind spots. In the U.S., they used to teach in schools that the Civil War was caused by a combination of regional differences like the struggle over tariffs. Slavery was a secondary issue, despite the fact that it was the major divisive issue from the before the Declaration of Independence right through until the end of the Civil War, and, it was the central issue of the war. Instead, things like Daniel Boone and the Wilderness Road, the building of the Erie Canal, the railroads, telegraph, and the rest of industrialization were much more emphasized. I could go on for a long time about what they didn't teach us way back when about Native Americans, but, my point is this: in every country, there are large parts of history that are suppressed during the teaching of history from elementary school through high school, presumably because many people feel, like Nobukatsu Fujioka in the article, that to teach schoolchildren about the Rape of Nanjing is "masochistic". So, my question to the forum participants is, what didn't they teach you in school? And, why do most/all countries teach history this way?