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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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$ailing Into College



A mere twenty-four hours ago I had no clue – none – as to the question: “Who are Felicity Huffman or Lori Laughlin? I still don’t know anything about them, other than they are actresses (people who pretend to be other people) and both in big trouble for cheating to get their kids into “elite” colleges.

And why did they do this? Can we drop the b.s. about giving their kids the best chance in life? It’s all about themselves and the perception that they want you to have of them. Period.


The Past, The Present and the Future



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The final regular show of 2018…

It is still kind of bothering me. That article a couple of weeks back about why the number of History Majors is in such a critical decline. after a bit more reading on the matter, it is true that all of the Humanities are down, but none so much as History. I wonder if the reason is a two-fold confluence of cultural touchstones. First, there is the general discrediting of history. This is necessary to avoid Santayana’s Maxim. But second is we historians shooting ourselves in the foot. The lessons of history aren’t meant to be used as a cast iron pan with which to whack people over the head with our own brilliance.

Can we find a reasonable solution before it’s too late?

Our State Governor has asked for $1.1 Billion in new taxes. To save the Orcas.

On December 14, 1972, we did (corporately) something for the final time.


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