In the spirit of refueling, I downloaded an app with Dutch news from different media. And right away an article in Elsevier caught my eye.
It’s about a Muslim school in the town of Zaandam, that sued four parents of former students for slander and libel. Continue reading
Posted in Media, Society
Tagged America, conspiracies, defamation, Europe, Fethullah Gulen, libel, lies, media, Netherlands, Opinion, slander, terrorist schools, terroristenschool, Trump, Zaandam
Like the Hot Mess Stephen Marche mentions below, this article feels like at least four separate articles all scrambled into one. But it’s worthwhile as an impression of America and its politics by a (Canadian) outsider.
How do you eat a salad? How do you cut your steak?
In Holland, I learned to eat with knife and fork, the European way. Holding your knife in your right hand, in a certain way, and your fork in your left hand, in a certain way. The cutting or folding of leaves happens just so and you keep your knife an fork in your hands the whole time you’re eating. Not just with salads, anything that isn’t finger food. Continue reading
Posted in Eating out, Emigration / Immigration, Food, Holland
Tagged America, culture, eating, etiquette, humor, immigrants, knife and fork, Opinion, table manners, The Netherlands
I wrote a short post about the angry goldfish and his demagoguery about illegal immigrants last week. Now that a few Islamic extremists have carried out some horrendous attacks in Paris, he has moved seemlessly to Syrian refugees and more: he wants to register all Muslims in this country and make them have some kind of identification as such. Continue reading
Posted in Government, High School, History, Society, US Politics, World War Two
Tagged America, attacks Paris, Donald Trump, education, Fascism, high school, history, Holocaust, illegal immigrants, Opinion, registration of Muslims, Syrian refugees, terrorism, World War Two
So yesterday’s post set the stage for James W. Loewen’s book Lies My Teacher Told Me. It was first published in 1995 and then updated in 2007. Loewen points out a lot of the same things I mentioned in yesterday’s post. In addition, he found that high school students generally rank history as the least relevant subject, even less relevant and interesting than algebra. (No offence, math teachers.) Continue reading
Posted in Books, Education, Government, High School, History, Slavery, Society, US Politics
Tagged America, American foreign policy, books, Civil Rights, Civil War, controversies in American history, high school, history education, history textbooks, Lies My Teacher Told Me, Opinion, pilgrims, politics, Slavery, society