Posted by Norm, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Feb 20, 2008 at 3:59 pm
An amazing number of enlightened intellectuals are enraged if you present facts that run counter to their agenda - even if they support it from a different platform! They can get real pissy with you if you agree for the wrong reason!(?)
Posted by Paul, a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood, on Feb 27, 2008 at 10:19 pm
Obviously Kellie Pickler is doing just fine without knowing where Budapest is. I bet she cannot even recite the state capitals, that beloved device of my teachers who were too lazy and/or too unintelligent to educate.
Too many educational critics have themselves not learned a fundamental truth: life is not a game of trivial pursuit. Knowing how to learn what one needs to know is far more useful than accumulating a brainful of random unrelated facts.
Posted by Paul, a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood, on Feb 28, 2008 at 4:47 pm
We haven't had to imagine that since 2001.
I agree, a president should possess a detailed knowledge of history and geography. It's part of the job. But it's been many, many years since anybody asked me about the capitals of North and South Dakota, or Illinois, or Oregon.
Pop quiz: Quick, do you pronounce the capital of Lousiana as "New Orleens" or "New Orleyannes"?