The Spirit of the Montesquieu

Portrait of Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de la Brede et de Montesquieu Teacher: “Which Enlightenment thinker had the greatest impact on the U. S. Constitution?” Billy: “Locke and that whole natural rights thing.” Teacher: “Good answer, Billy, but not quite right.  Locke influenced the Declaration of Independence.” Maria: “Rousseau and the Social Contract?” Teacher: “Again, a good answer but there’s a better one.” The class looks at […] Continue reading →

Digging for History

Recently a 4,300 year old, golden hair tress was discovered at an archeological dig in England. Only a handful of these rare objects have been uncovered in the British Isles. The awesome twist about this find…it was found by four boys ages seven to ten who were Digging for History! Two sets of brothers, Joseph […] Continue reading →

First Day of School: Mr. D’s Class talks History

history class 1 Scene: Hundreds of students wander around campus. Some move tentatively and clueless (freshmen). Others have a confident step (sophomores). The rest strut around like they own the school (juniors, seniors, and administrators-LOL). The teachers are a mixed clan–a few happy as hell (probably close to retirement), some smiling fools (new teachers and hung-ho types), a dozen […] Continue reading →

Big Apologies

wpid-Photo-20140817081627.jpg I apologize to my loyal readers and new viewers for the absence of material last week. I really am a full time teacher and the new school year began last week. My intention was to write two longer posts and a couple short ones. That did not happen. I am teaching two new classes in […] Continue reading →

A Question of Federalism: A History of Education in America

About Education in America Enumerated Powers, Implied Powers, & Federalism The powers listed in the various Articles of the United States Constitution are “enumerated” powers because they are clearly and explicitly written, if not so clearly defined. “Implied” powers are those derived from enumerated powers based on the “elastic clause” of the Constitution, which states that Congress has the power […] Continue reading →

A History of Hamas

hamas 1 Life through the Lens of History often looks at the history behind current events. An area of continuous conflict in the world is the Gaza Strip, a region along the southern coast of Israel near the border with Egypt. Hamas, a nationalist and terrorist organization supports Palestinian independence, including along the Gaza Strip. So who […] Continue reading →

What Students Aren’t Taught About Woodrow Wilson

wilson 1 High school students in America learn that Woodrow Wilson had many progressive legislative victories such as the Federal Reserve Act, Fair Trade Commission Act, Clayton Antitrust Act, the Fourteen Points, and others. Unfortunately, what’s always left out is Wilson’s role in transforming the nature of government and the Constitution.   President as Policy-Maker Woodrow Wilson […] Continue reading →