17 April 2017

On My Nightstand


I started reading this new biography of Lee (written by the former rector of R.E. Lee Memorial Church in Lexington, VA) Saturday evening. Though I've read multiple biographies of Lee (including Freeman's), I must say the first few pages of this one have been quite interesting and informative. I've also been surprised by a few things. From what I've read thus far, the book will not be a favorite of the moral reformer class of historians. I'll have more to say about that when I post a review once I've finished reading the book.

6 comments:

Ralph Steel said...

Just love it when non-education types bust on teaching and teachers. You would make a great school board member.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Ralph! I've missed you. "Non-education types"? 2 things. First of all, what are you talking about? I didn't mention anything about teachers in this post. Secondly, my wife and I homeschooled 4 of our 6 children, founded and led a 4H group, mentored young people, coached basketball and help teach our grandchildren. So we're very much "education types." I think you're confused. Nonetheless, thank you for taking the time to comment.

Anonymous said...

Dang. Other than for throwaway fiction (which I rarely read), I HATE paperback books. That, alone, will keep me from buying it. Stupid, I know........

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Anon - Yes, I'm not a fan of PB either but the realities of economy . . . sigh.

Ralph Steel said...

Moral reformer historian types...we all know who you are talking about and they are teachers and/or professors.

Being a homeschooler does not make one an educator. Where did you get your degree in education? When were you licensed or certified by your state?

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Ralph, you are so 1970's.

"Moral reformer historian types...we all know who you are talking about and they are teachers and/or professors."

Ralph, let's give credit where credit is due. "Moral reformer" was coined by a highly respected and CREDENTIALED history professor: Gordon S. Wood. So you actually just blew up your own point. Congratulations.


"Being a homeschooler does not make one an educator. Where did you get your degree in education? When were you licensed or certified by your state?"

Surely you can't be serious? Are you more interested in young people acquiring knowledge or more concerned with state and teacher union control? You should put the well-being of young people over your own failed interests and emphasis on "credentials." I'm interested in results, not control. That approach in in the best interest of the child. Your approach is in the best interest of the teachers' unions.

Why wouldn't you support an option that has shown, year after year, superior results in the education of children? What is your primary goal, results or control? Homeschooled students average 15-30 points higher that public school students on standardized tests. So much for your credentials.

https://www.nheri.org/research/research-facts-on-homeschooling.html