Sometimes I think about my students’ perspectives regarding history and while this isn’t the first time I’ve considered this, I just wanted to share that observation.
The strange part of teaching history is the differences in perception between me and my students. For instance, I am currently working on lecture notes & a slideshow about the 1980s – a time I well remember since I graduated in 1984 and can certainly relate to, and my perception of it is as if it were yesterday in a sense. However, for my students this happened 30 years ago – in the distant past for them. To give myself some perspective that would be similar to when I was in high school in the early ’80s and a teacher talking about what life was like in the early ’50s, pretty much right after WW2.
And then I think of all the changes between the ’50s and the ’80s and then consider all the changes between the ’80s and the ’10s.
Wolfgang von Goethe, Johann. Die Wahlverwandtschaften. Berlin: J.G. Cottaische Buchhandlung. 1809. Buch 2., Kap 5.
BACKGROUND IMAGE: “Freedom.” Luc du Leeuw. Verbrade Brug, Vlaams Brabant, Belgium. December 7, 2007. Accessed on October 24, 2013. http://bit.ly/16wGcKZ
AUTHOR IMAGE: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe im 80. Lebensjahr. Joseph Karl Stieler. 1828. Oil on canvas. 30.7 × 25.1 in. Neue Pinakothek. Accessed on October 24, 2013. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Goethe_%28Stieler_1828%29.jpg
QUOTE FONT: DS Wallau, http://www.ffonts.net/Wallau-Deutsch-Bold.font
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«Un sot trouve toujours un plus sot qui l’admire.»
Boileau-Despréaux, Nicolas. The Art of Poetry. 1674. Canto I, l. 232
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“A fool always finds a greater fool to admire him.”
“And in all times a forward, Scribling Fop /Has found some greater Fool to cry him up.”