See the Impact of Climate Change blog for documentation of a “Society and History” teacher, in a Tasmanian high school, giving her students homework which involves, inter alia, donating to a Canadian environmental organisation.
I thought I saw a badger fight
a brawny, fierce baboon;
their teeth were bright in silver light
reflected from the moon.
The cunning badger hassled well,
the ape’s defeat was near;
the ground was ruddied by his blood,
it whimpered now in fear.
The badger ceased its frenzied strikes,
and struck a pose instead:
“The Climate-Gate Enquiry’s great,
you’ll now concede,” it said.
I rubbed red eyes in wild surmise,
the truth now clear to me:
two drunken warmist loons I saw,
debating with a tree.
(Originally posted at Bishop Hill’s site.)
Educit obstetrix, educat nutrix, instituit paedagogus, docet magister.*
These days, unfortunately, teachers neither teach nor instruct; they propagandise. Alfred, my son, has written a review of his high school’s Society and History class on “the impact of climate change”.
* “The midwife delivers, the wet-nurse nourishes, the tutor instructs, the master teaches.” (Varro, ap. Nonius Marcellus, 447, 33.)
According to its advertisements on television, if you insure with Aussie Insurance, the noble, generous company will give your beneficiaries up to a million dollars “if you were to die.” What, there’s a possibility that some of us might not die?
Dum spiro spero.
Should HRH the Prince of Wales become King, I warrant that he’d opt not to be known as Charles III—he’d want to avoid being compared with either Charles I or II, and Prince Charles Stuart, Bonnie Prince Charlie or the Young Pretender, is already considered by some to have been Charles III. Instead, I reckon, he’d prefer to be known as George VII. George VI (Albert Frederick Arthur George) provides a recent precedent. Consider also Robert III of Scotland (whose original name was John): by assuming the name Robert, instead of John II or III, he avoided acknowledging or disputing that John Balliol had been king.