Great Moments in Education History

Well worth a read and I got a few giggles along the way.

A 21st Century Cynic

I thought I’d share a few interesting facts about the history of public education in America.  Caution: only some of these events actually happened.  

October 12, 1492: the first “illegal immigrant,” Christopher Columbus, lands on Plymouth Rock.  No, that’s not right.  Regardless of where he landed, he pretty much ruined everything.  This is a great moment in education history because enlightened educators continue to use the annual commemoration of Columbus’s “discovery” to instill in schoolchildren a central tenet of the modern educator’s preferred worldview: white guilt.

December 21, 1620: more illegal immigrants, the Pilgrims, land on Plymouth Rock and, by doing so, ruined everything that was not already ruined by Columbus.  They did, however, believe in education.  In fact, America’s tradition of public education reaches back to those uptight New England Protestants who believed that everyone should be able to read the Bible.  Of course a lot has changed since then…except the…

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