Friday, November 29, 2002 :::
A NEW MOVIE about the virtues of classical education fails to live up to the standards it sets itself, according to Thomas Hibbs. "Emperor's Club focuses on the occasional, if dramatic, failure of the classical model of education to inculcate civic virtue; it never entertains the possibility of a real tension between education and the civic order itself. And yet the image of Socrates --put to death for practicing philosophy-- haunts the film. A large copy of Jacques Louis David's Death of Socrates hangs in front of Hundert's classroom and is on screen throughout most of the movie."
Wednesday, November 27, 2002 :::
WHAT GOVERNMENT CAN DO for your children. According to a British report, 200,000 seven year olds are not learning how to read properly because the Government's "national literacy strategy" is failing. Perhaps more disturbingly, another 50,000 kids cannot read properly because their teachers didn't know sufficient grammar to teach them well.
Monday, November 25, 2002 :::
ANTI-SEMITISM ON CAMPUS. Professor David Graham DuBois, stepson of W.E.B. DuBois, is visiting associate professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (a publicly funded institution). Prof. DuBois pens the following essay (link via Andrew Sullivan), in which he accuses the Mossad of having received news of 11 September prior to the events and having warned all Israeli citizens to stay away from the World Trade Center that day. Professor DuBois writes that "not one Israeli citizen has been listed among the victims". He might want to contact the family of the Israeli victims of 9/11: Haggai Sheffi, Shai Levinhar and Leon Lebor (all of whom were in the towers). Or of Danny Lewin and Alona Abraham (who died on the planes). Or the loved ones of the dozens of American Jews who perished, such as Lawrence Davidson, William Bernstein, Monica Goldstein, Mark Rosen and so on, and so forth.
Sunday, November 24, 2002 :::
THERE IS no "blogroll" here --that list of those blogs we like best-- not because your editors suffer from inconquerable solipsism, but entirely due to the failings of our host, Blogger.com. If any blogger expert out there would like to help us out, please email us at Giants and Dwarfs. In the meantime, if you're interested in education, the following blogs are exellent starting points: Joanne Jacobs, Critical Mass, Campus Nonsense, Education Weak, and Number 2 Pencil.
STOP THIS MAD BRUTE. "When I hear the word Iraq," says BBC correspondent John Sweeney, "I hear a tortured child screaming." For those who doubt, here is more evidence that the United States has a moral and political obligation to remove Saddam Hussein and return Iraq to the Iraqis. The weapons of mass destruction problem does impose a time constraint: Saddam must be dealt with before he has deterrent capability. But the obligation remains whether he has WMDs or not. As the deadline for war this year approaches, we must not allow the appeasers among our allies and at the United Nations to distract our attention from the goal. Remember the chilling words of Mr Sweeney. Remember the history of twentieth-century dictatorship. Sic semper tyrannis.
::: posted by our man in Cambridge, MA
at 11:57 AM
According to a British study, high school geography teachers are brainwashing their pupils with a politically correct "green agenda" insteaf of teaching them the basic facts of the subject. The green agenda is actively promoted by Britain's left-wing government. I can tell you from personal experience that this is common throughout Europe.