He Did Not Know Joseph



The weeping and gnashing of teeth over the demise of the study of History continues. But in a completely unrelated story, the younger generations aren’t just not reading, they lack critical reading skills.

Now… on the one hand, this is hyperbole. The same complaint was made of my generation (Baby Boomers), my wife’s (GenX)*. At the same time, I cannot really argue with the folks on the front lines, who say that it’s all true and that kids entering college today are basically illiterate.

The question is simply this: is the reason people aren’t learning or even studying history because they can’t (or won’t read?


*Before you get all crazy, I was born in 63, she was born in 67. I am a “Tail End Boomer,” while she is a first of the Gen Xers. There’s no weird robbing the cradle here, although when I graduated she was in the 7th grade…

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Posted on May 13, 2019, in 360 Show and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I’m not sure if one man’s experience demonstrates anything, but I went all the way through high school and college, thinking I was (at best) ambivalent about history. It took a visit with my father to Gettysburg, to light the spark. Since that time, I can’t get enough.

    I know young people who like to read. Frankly, I think the Union/Government education monopoly is doing a shitty job teaching what matters.

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