Monthly Archives: January 2017

Cultural Literacy – 1492

My definition – in 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. In that year, Columbus “discovered” the Americas when he landed in the Caribbean (Dominican Republic?), setting of a period of genocide and slavery. Real definition – Columbus landed in the … Continue reading

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Cultural Literacy

Several months ago, I started reading Cultural Literacy by E. D. Hirsch.  This was originally published in 1988.  The main purpose of the book was to create a list of common things that every educated person should be familiar with. … Continue reading

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2017: Engage

Perhaps it’s a trend that is on its way out, but I like the idea of choosing a word of the year.  This is the first time that I’ve done this.  I played around with a bunch of different words, … Continue reading

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Cultural Literacy: 1776

My definition – the year the Declaration of Independence was written and the beginning of the Revolutionary War. The government, as we now know it, was formed much later.  Real definition – the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The … Continue reading

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Cultural Literacy: 1066

My definition – signing of the Magna Carta? Real definition – Battle of Hastings.  Occurred after Edward the Confessor died without an heir. Harold Goodwinson was crowned, but had to fight off several foes.  While his armies were recovering, William, … Continue reading

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