Thursday, July 27, 2006

A History Lesson on Peace Movements

Thomas Sowell,

One of the many failings of our educational system is that it sends out into the world people who cannot tell rhetoric from reality. They have learned no systematic way to analyze ideas, derive their implications and test those implications against hard facts.

"Peace" movements are among those who take advantage of this widespread inability to see beyond rhetoric to realities. Few people even seem interested in the actual track record of so-called "peace" movements -- that is, whether such movements actually produce peace or war.

Read the whole thing.

Speaking of history, we just received our history/literature curriculum, Tapestry of Grace Year One (Unit One) in the mail. They made many improvements in the latest version. My daughters are already pouring over their reading lists. I never had world history. In fact, I've never had a complete history course. My high school history teacher died in the first month of school. We had a series of substitutes the rest of the year. So, going through history with my children is just as much an education for me as for them.

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