Saturday, August 10, 2002

The Cold War is History-Yes, I know the Berlin Wall went down and the USSR bought the collective farm over a decade ago, but the 8th graders at Eileen's school now have the totality of the Cold War in their history books. The old saw is that if it's still political, it's not history. Now, the Cold War is largely a non-issue in our politics. The problems of intergrating East Germany and the breakup of the USSR are both history. These kids were in diapers when this all was going down. Eileen was thumbing though the core knowedge book just now; the Civil Rights movement was a second grade topic. Martin Luther King was assasinated when I was in second grade. Ah, yes, when I was your age, kiddies.... Yes, Mark, you did turn 41 on Monday.

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