Don’t Know Much About History


I’d better start off by saying that I’ve got nothing against teachers. In fact, I come from a family chock full of them. Both of my grandmothers, my mother, four of my aunt, an uncle, several of my cousins, my father, my brother, and I were at one time or now are teachers at the K through grad school level.

Having said that, it’s no surprise to me that the education bureaucracy forgets the inconvenient lessons of history. The Washington Times has a piece up about Maryland elementary school kids being suspended for playing war or being otherwise armed with an extended index finger and cocked thumb.

[M]y son, who is in elementary school in Howard County was playing “war” with friends when a recess monitor warned them to stop shooting with their fingers “because guns are violent.”

The piece goes on to note how teaching a generation in Europe to “study war no more” set that continent up for the horrors of 1939 through 1945.

Now, I look forward to time when the world will be pacified, but it doesn’t seem to be here yet. In the meantime, we’re going to continue to need those rough men that Orwell wrote of who guard us while we sleep. Even if it could work, any sort of educational alchemy that tries to turn snips and snails and puppy dog tails into sugar and spice and everything nice is the sort of stupid idea that only a public school administrator could conceive.