Music video as history lesson: Tim Alden Grant's "Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration" with lead singer Thomas Jefferson.
"Perhaps Western society is not *totally* doomed, after all, writes Moe Lane in gratitude for soomopublishing's "bloody effing brilliant" (Caleb Howe's twitter take) history-lesson video on YouTube, "Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration," featuring the Founding Fathers in an "80’s Hair Band moment":
We still produce stuff like this. Although I'm not sure which one was John Adams. AND JOHN ADAMS HAD BETTER HAVE BEEN IN THE VIDEO.
"When people who love politics, pop culture and filmmaking are asked to humanize the sentiment of the founders in writing the declaration, we sometimes get carried away," write the creators:
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A must view. Rousing music, sublime production values and compelling performances blend 18th- and 21st-century perspectives into the perfect historically-aware antidote to the "ideas" of clueless North Carolina education "leaders" who are proposing to revamp the state's 11th-grade curriculum by skipping the Revolution and Civil War and covering U.S. history "only from 1877 onward":
"We are certainly not trying to go away from American history," Rebecca Garland, the chief academic officer for North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, told Fox News. "What we are trying to do is figure out a way to teach it where students are connected to it, where they see the big idea, where they are able to make connections and draw relationships between parts of our history and the present day."
You want connections? Listen to someone who's actually studied history, Ms chief academic officer:
"The answer isn't to throw out fundamental portions of U.S. history," said Mike Belter, a U.S. history teacher and social studies director. "This is not preparing our kids to have a deep historical perspective that can be used to analyze modern events for themselves."
As the late Librarian of Congress Daniel Boorstin put it:
Trying to plan for the future without a sense of the past is like trying to plant cut flowers.
Update: "One would expect it to almost come across as campy," writes Dan Riehl with a link (Thanks!):
Yet, it doesn't, somehow - except for the truly cynical, perhaps. And I'm pretty damned cynical, just not where some things are concerned, perhaps.
Damned but not truly cynical. It works for us.
Update II: Instalanche! Thank you, Professor.
Update III: "I can imagine a few of the middle school teachers I know using this with their kids as they teach the 8th grade US History course," writes Texas social studies teacher Greg of Rhymes with Right, with a link (Thanks!):
And let me be among the voices encouraging my fellow educators to check out Soomo Publishing for more resources -- some ready to use, some still in development.
Social networking is the business of America?
Update IV: Fellow Tea Partier and blogger Amy Kane sees Scott Brown's victory as a "tipping point." Thank you for the link, good friend!
Update V: "I think the early history is the most fun," writes Joanne Jacobs with a link:
Of course, we had less history when I was in school.
The good old days.
Update VI: "Too bad the rest of history hasn't been covered the same way," writes Maetenloch at Ace of Spades HQ, with a link. First time. Lotsa visitors. Thanks!