Thursday, February 28, 2008

Women's Suffrage and American Education

Is women's suffrage a problem in our day? Do we still need to raise awareness of this issue?

There are a number of videos circulating wherein some naughty young men are asking women, and also some men in one video, to sign a petition to end women's suffrage. The point of this hilarious exercise is to show the appalling state of civic and historical education in our schools and universities.

My favorite is this one because the interviewers are especially impish, and they just keep me laughing. But the original is said to be the one featuring Will Albino, a Salesianum Catholic School student whom we see pictured above, soliciting names from the girls at Padua Academy.

Of course, this is all really old news--two years old at this point--but it's still funny and it's still sad because civics education is no better now than it was then. Even this private school has been blighted. I would trace the source of this problem to liberal domination of the school system, union domination of the teaching profession, and clueless parents. I haven't time to expand. I will only say that before we had our first child, Mrs Innes and I thought out our approach to the discipline and education of our children, all of whom we are resolved to keep as far away from conventional educators as possible.

There are efforts to remedy this situation, however. The most noteworthy recent effort is the National Civic Literacy Report issued by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

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