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commented on Nancy
13 days ago
I guess there would be logistical problems with completely implementing it, but just as a wild brainstorming thought I think there would be a benefit if we could teach history BACKWARDS – starting with current events first and getting to the pilgrims LAST. As a kid decades ago I could no more relate to Pilgrims than the Easter Bunny but if school had started by covering the details of events I had actually lived through (e.g. both of the Kennedy assassinations, the 1967 Detroit riots, Watergate) and then covered the events of the prior decades that preceded and led up to the more current events, it would have been more meaningful.
I had American History in both the 7th and 11th grades. In both cases we had to spend at least a whopping 30% of the year on slavery and the civil war and consequently never made it past 1898 in the textbook. Yes, that period was a big deal but the period of 1850-1870 does not consume 30% of the U.S. History timeline and it’s high time to cut it down to its rightful proportion of the curriculum so as to allow time for 20th century events to be covered as well.
commented on Arlo and Janis
2 months ago
The bubbles have dissipated and Arlo’s not there yet?
(Didactic opportunities should become a quotidian occurrence here as far as I’m concerned).
It makes me verily sanguine to see a flash of grandiloquence employed in a what would otherwise be merely a banal setting utterly devoid of polysyllabic palaver.
commented on Herman
3 months ago
Simple way to handle this setup. 1) Drink two gallons of water just before entering the restaurant. 2) Use the restroom (several times) over the course of a long, drawn-out leisurely buffet meal. If you do it right they might actually wind up owing you a credit!
commented on For Better or For Worse
4 months ago
Mom deserved every bit of what she got this time.
commented on The Buckets
5 months ago
Maybe Dad needs to pull out the flying BELT!
commented on Drabble
11 months ago
Where I go the problem isn’t usually the cashier. The problem is luddites who refuse to get credit or debit cards and insist on writing checks or, worse, paying with loose change and taking their sweet time to count out every penny from every crevice of a mothball-eaten purse. There should be at least three or four lines in every store where cash and check are FORBIDDEN and only swipeable plastic is accepted.
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