January 17, 2016 By Joseph P. Farrell

While we're talking about Common Core, and the ever-present American "textbook" that never contains any primary texts(and, given the penchant of today's "edgykayshunal" establishment for scholarly half-measures and laziness like the MLA or AP style manuals, seldom contain any real footnotes either), consider the following, shared by many readers here. And note also the modern Amairikuhn teacher, who exemplifies the trend of American "culture," in that she cannot make or emphasize a point, without using vulgarity, barbarity, and tossing the "f-bomb". She has no vocabulary herself; she's a phylogenetically impaired product of the system she excoriates(did I say that? Yes I did). Of course, to cut her some slack, if I had to deal with the endless stream of "fads" coming out of the departments of Edgykayshun and the Doctors thereof, I'd probably be reduced to similar verbal frustrations:

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/c8tZGl1SVs0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Of course, if you want to hit them where they live, start using real texts, primary texts. Use the texts of Hamilton, Riemann and Ricci for higher mathematical instruction, the texts of Shakespeare and Wilde and Dumas and Goethe for literature, the texts of Mendel and Darwin and Dobzhansky for biology, the texts of Plato and Porphyry and Aquinas and Kant for philosophy. They're available, and students will learn so much more by exposure to the primary sources and histories of the disciplines, than they can from any textbook published by any company.

Just a thought...