11 December 2009

Big Education & Howard Zinn


A kind Providence has just bestowed a wonderful gift upon me . . . 

“[Big Education] will take on the education establishment, from the educational reformers to the teacher’s unions to tenure to the rampant political correctness and multiculturalism. With Big Education, my goal is to explain to parents why their son or daughter came home from their freshman year at college for Thanksgiving and refuses to eat turkey because the holiday is colonialist and patriarchal in history, and why they’re suddenly shoving Howard Zinn’s People’s History down their throat. God help those $50K-a-year-tuition paying parents come Christmastime.”

8 comments:

Corey said...

Oh great just what we need, some other guy telling us how to teach just because he went to college and had been out there in the "real" world.

How is this guys website going to be any different than Zinn's book?

BTW, I do not subscribe to Zinn's philosophy or his version of history. I think he as some good points, but take as a whole...not so good.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Since the education establishment is, for the most part, a government controlled entity, Breitbart is simply fulfilling the role of the press as the Founders envisioned - watchdog. You sound defensive.

Is there something to hide?

Ken Noe said...

Richard:

Interesting that Breitbart took particular aim at those who would push Zinn, and denigrate the Pilgrims and Thanksgiving. Just the other day I was reading a blog post, on Thanksgiving no less, that attacked all of the Pilgrim Fathers except William Bradford as wacky socialists. A blogger who's always talking about Zinn too. Breitbart is clearly on to something. I hope he looks into that guy. ;-)

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Richard.

Ken

Corey meyer said...

No, nothing to hide, my classroom is an open door. You really have to be a teacher to understand. It always seems that there are so many people who want to tell you how to do your job from parents to the school board to Congress (ie: No Child Left Behind) and I for one really don't think the education system in this country needs another critic or good samaritan.

But on that note, this is America, he do whatever he wants and make comment however he wants...I just think it will be counterproductive.

Oh, and just in case things get hectic during the coming weeeks...

Merry Christmas...

Corey

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Nice to hear from you Ken. Yes, that evil subversive definitely needs "looking into!" ;o)

Not really an "attack" though, just a very profitable object lesson. They learned from their failures - too bad our government never seems to learn anything from past mistakes.

Best wishes to you and your family as well for a very Merry Christmas.

RGW

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Corey - we are in agreement about "no child left behind." A bureaucratic nightmare with a number of unintended (?)consequences of which I am sure you are very aware.

No doubt, teaching today is a challenging job. However, I would disagree with your blanket criticism of parents telling you "how to do your job". After all, they pay your salary and the children are theirs. Before we homeschooled our children, we spent countless hours doing homework with them, so many parents are very much involved in teaching and they are, in my opinion, the primary teachers of children.

A very Merry Christmas to you as well Corey.

RGW

Corey said...

Richard,

By all means, I am not criticizing all parents. The fact that you did hours of homework with your kids is one of the reasons they are doing well. What I meant by that statement was that when kids fail, many parents will blame the teacher. I always tell my students that I do not give out grades...they get them the old fashioned way...they Earn them!!

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Corey - we are in agreement there.