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Journal of No. 118

June 6th, 2008

Friday Foofarah @ 01:26 pm

Allegedly not so great on taste, but the packaging and icons have me won over. Who can resist demonic peppers that feast on the flesh of their vegetable kin?

I can't really see anything in this story but a failed omelette.

Today's American History lesson is the Kanawha County (WV) Textbook Controversy. More info available here (PDF):

On 16th May when the Textbook Selection Committee presented its adoption justification the School Board agreed to make a final decision on 27th June regarding the formal adoption of the books. The decision to consider adopting the books caused uproar in the community and in a nine month period between April 1974 and January 1975, mobs throwing rocks forced the County’s one hundred and twenty four public schools to close, demonstrators surrounded schools and blockaded school bus garages, two people were shot, schools were dynamited and firebombed and teachers were threatened. Coal miners went on strike in support of the protest, the Ku Klux Klan demonstrated in the streets of Charleston and a preacher and his followers discussed murdering families who wouldn’t join the school boycott.
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Date:June 6th, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
wow. Thanks for the textbook controversy info.

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Date:June 6th, 2008 10:12 pm (UTC)
I like omelets as much as the next fellow, but having cracked open a fertilized egg... its gross (and while technically probably eatable, I wouldn't)

The text book thing.... WOW!
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Date:June 7th, 2008 12:49 am (UTC)
Re: the book controversy, I especially like how the whole thing ended.

"In Fall 1975 the school board restored the full line of books that they had approved before to all county schools. However, most schools ignored the curriculum and returned to the textbooks they had used in the 1940s."

Ah, progress.

Journal of No. 118