“History, like love, is so apt to surround her heroes with an atmosphere of imaginary brightness.”
—James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans
At this point, I guess I really shouldn't be shocked that a person holding high government office, like Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, would be capable of such casually ignorant racism. That he would direct it at Rep. Colleen Hanabusa while she was questioning him about funding for the preservation of the history of Japanese American internment during World War II—and do it with a smirky smile (see the video)—has me banging my head against my desk in frustration.
"Human nature will not change. In any future great national trial, compared with the men of this, we shall have as weak and as strong, as silly and as wise, as bad and as good. Let us, therefore, study the incidents in this as philosophy to learn wisdom from and none of them as wrongs to be avenged."
“The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.”
—Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without A Country
Planning out my French Revolution unit for World History.
Silence isn't just minding your own business.
The future citizens that are our students must be given a "toolbox" of literacy techniques and taught when and how to apply them so that they can translate the 24-hour flood of information that they are exposed to into meaningful, actionable data and assert a greater level of control over their lives and society.