Friday, March 19, 2010

Today in the Fourth Grade

Again, a discussion on how the Declaration of Independence's statement that "all men are created equal" was biased against women and was hypocritical since it didn't include all sorts of groups including people who didn't own property. No other position was presented including, of course, the point that in the English language--and especially so in the eighteenth century--the word "men" covered all humans. Or that precisely because this position was laid out already in principle the vote could be extended over time.

By the way, I'm quite conscious that this account covers one county in Maryland and in other places--notably Texas--there are quite different controversies and arguments (which I cannot judge since I don't have the textbooks to see what they say) that things have gone too far in the other direction. I'm just writing about what can be seen by me first-hand.

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