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  •  I love this diary (35+ / 0-)

    I've never heard of the Loco-Focos before.

    This is an interesting proposal, Unitary Moonbat.  

    I know that we have to do something. Our way is not working.  And of course! We're not unique! There are examples from history, lessons from history, proposals from history.  I find that to be comforting (most of the time, assuming that it worked out well in at least some of the examples).

    Being a person who spent most of my education in the sciences, and then decades keeping up with things in a technology career -- and in college, in order to get an engineering degree in  the four-year program, it didn't leave much room for electives.  So I missed a lot of history.  And I mean a LOT.  I'm more interested in it now than ever before in my life.  It's like a treasure trove and I keep discovering more and more. The internet is an amazing thing, text, audio and video.  I learn a lot from people like you.  I'm also enjoying the Untold History of the U.S. series.  A lot.

    By the way, two of my kids are into history in a major way. One of them just became a convert this year, and it is the result of his first year of high school history teacher.  He was convinced that he wanted to be a physicist until he got into history as a result of this teacher.  Who knows? Music is a passion of his too, and I don't know what might change his course in the coming years, but history teachers have a big influence on students.   Yours are lucky to have you.

    Thanks again.

    "Justice is a commodity"

    by joanneleon on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 01:21:10 PM PDT

    •  History's weird that way (13+ / 0-)

      for a lot of people, it doesn't really "click" until a little later in life - usually around the late 20s/early 30s. It's not until that point that many folks start seeing how history plays out, that chickens come home to roost and all that.

      Fortunately for those of us who inflict it upon high school students, the truth is always stranger than fiction, which gives us a leg up as we're trying to make converts like your son. Hope he continues to enjoy his history classes, and that he finds a way to combine his two passions - the New York Philharmonic must have a person who maintains their archives, right?!

    •  Decades have passed but I still smile (4+ / 0-)

      now and then to Mr O'Dea wherever he is. And Mr. Sullivan. One taught me that everyone in history was exactly like we are. Real beings in time. They could be me. Washington walked right near where we were, where we walk every day.

      The other taught me "look at the quality of advisers; see the quality of leadership, and the reputation garnered."

      Just by how History is taught, by a good teacher, you can learn values and methods, along with history. Bless them!

      If Republicans said every 3rd person named "Smith" should hang, we'd bargain them to every 7th. Then we'll see apologia written praising this most pragmatic compromise. There's our losing formula.

      by Jim P on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 06:07:17 PM PDT

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