I feel that education is more than just a regurgitation of historical events. Education also includes teaching investigation and analysis of any subject. We often times use the phrase “critical thinking” to embody this concept.
Here’s a reminder as to why instilling “critical thinking” as part of the educational process is everyone’s responsibility.
Michele Bachmann, a congresswoman who sought the Republican party’s nomination for the presidency of the United States last election has been caught on camera lying about the history of our nation. Bachmann is often times the subject of jokes and satirical political commentary but I wouldn’t dare joke about this. In the following clip Anderson Cooper, from the CNN news program AC360, addresses comments from Michele Bachmann that were captured on video.
AC360 – Michele Bachmann Flunking History
Black History month is coming up. Though I feel that education of our children is everyone’s responsibilty, it is especially important to that black Americans teach their children about the sacrifices and hardships that their ancestors suffered in order to provide a brighter future. If our education is left up to the “establishment” we may all sound like Michele Bachmann someday.
I’m aware that not everyone is familiar with exactly who Michele Bachmann is or why what she has to say should be considered important. I found a summary on Bachmann at Bloomberg.com. I feel that it is appropriate to share some of it:
Michele Bachmann is a three-term congresswoman elected to the House from a district that includes some suburbs north and east of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Bachmann is the founder of the Tea Party Caucus, which has pushed for federal spending cuts beyond what her party’s leaders
have accepted in compromises with Democrats.
She entered the presidential primary in June and finished first in the Aug. 13 Ames Straw Poll in Iowa.
Prior to serving in the U.S. Congress, Michele was elected to the Minnesota State Senate in 2000 where she advocated for the Taxpayers Bill of Rights. Before that, she spent five years as a federal tax litigation attorney, working on both civil and criminal cases. Bachmann grew up in the Midwest and met her husband, Marcus, while they were working on the 1976 presidential campaign of Jimmy Carter.
She received her J.D. at the O.W. Coburn School of Law at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa and an L.L.M. in Tax Law at the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
She has been married for more than thirty years and lives in Stillwater, where she and her husband own a small business mental health care practice that employs nearly 50 people. Bachmann has five children. In addition, the Bachmann family has cared for 23 foster children. You can read more of that summary on Bachmann here.
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