A Shrewdness of Apes

An Okie teacher banished to the Midwest. "Education is not the filling a bucket but the lighting of a fire."-- William Butler Yeats

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Constitution Day

This is a picture of a rock formation I called "The Scream" from my vacation this summer. I have now subtitled it, "Oh No! Another Unfunded Mandate! AAAAIIIIEEEE!!!"

Well, a lot people seem to have their thongs in a twist over Constitution Day. Vanderbilt University apparently assigned the question of whether it was constitutional to force universities to observe Constitution Day (Read about it here and here). Hee Hee! Amusing.

I say, have some irreverent fun with it, since the begininng of the year giddiness has now given way to the occasional pangs of the ol' familiar weltschmerz. Just start off your presentation next year with this:

"Once upon a time, children, there was a man who liked to keep a copy of the Constitution in his shirt pocket, near his heart... right under his white sheet when he was going out to nightride with the Klan, possibly so he could explain to his victims how the Constitution didn't apply to THEM. This man later became a senator, repented his youthful racist ways, but he still likes to force people to do things, like most senators do. So he decided that American schoolchildren were woefully ignorant about the Constitution-- of course that might just be because, due to No Child Left Behind, which this man also sponsored, we spend all our time and money emphasizing writing and mathematics, which are tested, while classes that build citizenship become the red-headed step-children of the school day, because they aren't tested. This senator decided to make the lazy good-for-nothings in America's public schools teach the Constitution on one day each year, since obviously if students don't know something, it's because teachers haven't taught it. And thus was born Constitution Day."

Have fun now.

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3 Comments:

At 9/21/05, 7:56 PM, Blogger Fred said...

LOL - blame it on the teachers, dontcha know...

Senator Byrd. I think soo much less of people in West Virginia becasue they keep sending him to Washington.

 
At 9/22/05, 10:08 PM, Blogger Polski3 said...

Byrd is one of the kings of the old pork barrel.

When I taught the Constitution, many students were much more interested in the Amendments, especially the one's with revelence to their lives (First, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth) than the dull Articles that simply outline the organization of our national government.

My regret is that our national government seems to have forgotten about the Tenth Amendment.

 
At 9/24/05, 2:11 AM, Blogger EdWonk said...

Senator Byrd. Wasn't he the one who was in the KKK? We've all had our youthful indiscretions, but Byrd was no ordinary "joiner," he was management.

 

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