something which he's not read nor seen. In a recent post, Kevin criticizes the book, Entangled in Freedom: A Civil War Novel, by novelist Kevin Weeks and website author, Ann DeWitt. Kevin's negative comments are quite amazing when one considers he's not read the book. (The book won't even be available until January 2011.):
"In the end, it is simply a reflection of their gullibility, lack of basic historical knowledge relating to the Civil War and an inability to properly interpret primary sources. On the other hand and as a teacher, I am disgusted when children are brought into the picture. They become the victims of the stupidity of others."
Now, could someone please explain to me how one makes such broad, negative comments about a book that he hasn't even read? Certainly, one could not draw any conclusions from the very brief description of the book:
"Entangled in Freedom, the first novel in this young adult fiction book series, takes a closer look at the life experiences of African-Americans in the Deep South during the War Between the States. Young adult readers follow main character Isaac Green through the dirt roads of Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia to Cumberland Gap where Isaac serves with the 42nd Regiment Georgia Volunteers C.S.A. Historical accounts are derived from 19th century official government records as well as real life family narratives of co-author, Ann DeWitt."
Kevin has made assumptions (nothing new), about something he hasn't read or seen, based on his own prejudices and perspectives regarding historical interpretation. He also makes assumptions, which he can't possibly know, about Ms. DeWitt's own family narratives:
"It’s unfortunate that Ms. DeWitt did not take proper care of her family’s narrative. Sometimes simply repeating family stories does not honor the memory of one’s ancestors, especially if those stories are inaccurate."
Who is Kevin to judge whether or not Ms. DeWitt has taken "proper care of her family’s narrative?" And how does he know whether or not "those stories are inaccurate?" And then there's this:
"On the other hand and as a teacher, I am disgusted when children are brought into the picture."
Let's assume, for the sake of illustration, that Kevin's concerns and criticisms are true. Does anyone think the book will be widely circulated in schools? I'm a little perplexed why Kevin seems so indignant about a book which has not yet even been published, and which is unlikely to be widely read in an educational setting, when he expressed so little concern over the radical leftist "social justice" movement which IS being taught in schools and which is endorsed by the Nation's two largest teacher's unions.
How about a little balance and perspective here?