Sunday, June 05, 2005

No Child Left Behind.

"I would make the argument that America is safer when Democrats are in the White House, than when Republicans are in the White House," Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said in a speech to Democratic supporters.

He's sort of got a point. As long as you don't count World War I, World War II, Korea or Vietnam. But other than that....

"Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it." At least that's what George Santayana once said. Or words to that effect, anyway. But now we have "No Child Left Behind," and no one has to repeat history. It's a damn shame.



Blogger Jack said...

But then, Santayana also said: "History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren't there."

Sunday, June 05, 2005 7:22:00 PM  
Anonymous fsg said...

what's up Wang? commenting on your own posts? Didn't really get the connection between the beginning and end of this post, perhaps you could explain?

Sunday, June 05, 2005 10:28:00 PM  
Blogger Jack said...

It's sort of a pun,or something.

Mr. Dean's statement suggests a serious lack of knowledge of history. And by that I mean that, with the exception of the current unpleasantness, Democrats have gotten us into every major war of the last hundred years.

Mr. Santayana said that those who don't learn history are doomed to repeat it. Repeating history could mean that the past repeats itself, or that one is required to repeat a history course.

But the "no child left behind" concept frowns on children being left behind--e.g., being required to repeat a history course. Which is a recipe for raising a generation of dolts (like that's not something we've been working hard at since the 60s).

And wrapping it all up, there's a subservisive implied suggestion tht if we weren't raising out children to be dolts, politicians wouldn't dare say stupid things like Mr. Dean said. Because everyone would instantly recognize how stupid it is.

And, although passing kids who don't learn the material is hardly new, I tossed in the "no child left behind" bit to emphasize that idiocy knows no partisan lines.

Sunday, June 05, 2005 10:52:00 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Santayana sounds like a barrel of laughs.

And, FSG, perhaps the No Child Left Behind Reference creates a pun on "repeat history" as in "repeat history class"?

Sunday, June 05, 2005 10:54:00 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Oops, Wang, our comments overlapped. But, hey I got the pun thing. Good for me.

Sunday, June 05, 2005 10:56:00 PM  
Anonymous FSG said...

I got the pun, I was just trying to get the point. Thanks.

Sunday, June 05, 2005 11:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Thumbalina said...

Wanger, it's about time that you updated your website. Good job, notwithstanding the rambling.

Monday, June 06, 2005 6:37:00 PM  

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