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Sunday, August 25, 2002

where there's a will there's a george

patio pundit reports that george will "is not happy about the nea's ideas about what to teach about 9-11." then he goes on to quote mr. will:

"the nea says the lessons to be learned from the terrorist attacks are: 'appreciating and getting along with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures, the importance of anger management and global awareness.' let's see. some seriously angry people murder almost 3,000 people in america and americans need to work on managing their anger? and on getting along with others? did little mohamed atta's report card in third grade say he 'plays well with others'?"

patio pundit ends with a "must read" endorsement of mr. will's essay.

sigh. ok, although i posted this on patio pundit's comments section, i'll do it here:

but of course, the nea is not saying that at all. i suppose i should address these comments to mr. will, instead of patio pundit, but since he brought it up:

those remarks are found on one of hundreds of pages linked to on one of the nea's pages, clearly labeled "outside links." also, on the bottom of the nea page, is a disclaimer, that clearly states: "please note: links to organizations and indidvuals (sic) that have a political perspective do not necessarily represent the position of the nea on any issues discussed. these links are presented as background and to assist you in researching the topic cited."

as well as the fact, that at the bottom of the page that contains those remarks (by some guy named brian lippencott) is another disclaimer, by the university that mr. lippencott worked for, saying essentially the same thing, ie, the opinions are mr. lippicott's and not the university's.

moreover, the original washington times story from whence this whole nonsense came, attributes all the lesson plans to mr. lippencott, ignoring, apparently the input of the other organizations giving lesson plans for the nea, such as the red cross, walk for america, the smithsonian institute, etc etc etc.

mr. will's essay might be a must read, but it's also a must take with a grain of salt.

he's better when he writes about baseball.


posted by skippy at 6:12 PM |

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