Tuesday, July 18, 2006



It's currently 91 (feels like 96 w/humidity, and hasn't hit the day's high yet ... yesterday was 98). I am dreading the electric bill -- and I keep the thermostat set to 73.

In other news, the legislators and governor of the state of Florida are now officially dumber than a bag of rocks. The fact that many people in this country think they have a good idea just proves that there are some seriously badly educated people in this country. If you know me, you know where I lay the blame for that one ... let's just say it's not unrelated to the fact that there has been a push by certain factions to privilege holders of education degrees over discipline degrees and that well-qualified teachers of history have a hard time getting jobs unless they can coach ...

But anyway, via one of the list servs I'm on...

Quote: "American history shall be viewed as factual, not as
constructed, shall be viewed as knowable, teachable and testable, and
shall be defined as the creation of a new nation based largely on the
universal principles stated in the Declaration of Independence."

More at History News Network at http://hnn.us/blogs/comments/26616.html

LA Times at http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-zimmerman7jun07,0,5940045.story?coll=la-news-comment-opinions

The Bill itself is at

Thanks to Paul Halsall at The English Eclectic, who pointed this out on the list serv.


Rebecca said...

I saw this quote in an article today and thought you might find it interesting.

"There are some men of letters who do not model themselves on the present, but study the past in order to criticize the present age," declared the Chinese emperor Qin Huang-di in the third century B.C. "They confuse and excite the people.... Those who use the past to criticize the present should be put to death together with their relatives." The emperor, hoping that posterity would date the beginning of history with himself, also decreed that all the books in China should be burned, along with all the Confucian scholars who might have memorized them.

The author continues:

But Qin had a fatal flaw (and it's why history doesn't start with his Year Zero): Even he couldn't resist keeping just one copy of every book in China.

The full article may be found here .

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