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Old December 30th, 2011, 02:10 AM   #1
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What event from last year will be in school textbooks?


A bit of a New Year's reflective teaser:

What event from last year will be in school textbooks in the imminent future and what lesson will be learnt from it?

I will go with: The disintegration of the Eurozone - ... lesson learnt? - how about not to get mortgages at ten times your salary!
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Old December 30th, 2011, 02:27 AM   #2

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I think that the so-called "Arab Spring" could make it into the school textbooks, as an example of when new communication technology first facilitated irrepressible public activism against governmental tyranny, which I suspect is the start of an increasing phenomenon.

The lesson learned is that, as new communication technology advances, it becomes ever harder for governments to oppress people, and ever easier for people at a grass roots level to organise demonstrations and opposition, with 2011 perhaps being a crucial tipping point. This has the potential to manifest itself in spontaneous protest even in western democracies whenever governments do unpopular things that they have no mandate for.

Imagine if the British Poll Tax of the late 80s were being introduced today, and consider how easily modern communication technology would facilitate spontaneous public protest and opposition. The potential for this kind of thing to become part of everyday politics throughout the world is very real.
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Old December 30th, 2011, 03:00 AM   #3

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Arab Spring, death of Gaddafi & OBL.

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What event from last year will be in school textbooks in the imminent future and what lesson will be learnt from it?

I will go with: The disintegration of the Eurozone - ... lesson learnt?
The Eurozone has not disintegrated. It still exists, albeit in very bad shape. You can start talking about the disintegration of the Eurozone when a few member states have withdrawn. To date, this has not happened.

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- how about not to get mortgages at ten times your salary!
Now you're talking about the US subprime mortgage crisis.
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Old December 30th, 2011, 03:02 AM   #4

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the death of Kim Jong-Il as a kick off for more cooperation between dprk and the world
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Old December 30th, 2011, 06:39 AM   #5

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Maybe its just me, but I've never had the luxury of teaching from a History book
that had the previous years events in it. Maybe English History books are different,
but it takes a little while to get them printed.
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Old December 30th, 2011, 07:29 AM   #6

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Hello,

The Arab Spring.

As for the Eurozone, it has not and will not collapse.
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Old December 30th, 2011, 08:31 AM   #7

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Arab Spring and Economic troubles - Thats 2011 for you, what else is more memorable than that?

Also the All Blacks won the World Cup finally :P
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Showing my bias again - the little factoid that a party (SNP) dedicated to the breakup of the United Kingdom won an overall majority - in a system designed to prevent such things - by merely providing four years of competent governance while acting as a minority government.
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Maybe its just me, but I've never had the luxury of teaching from a History book
that had the previous years events in it. Maybe English History books are different,
but it takes a little while to get them printed.
We stopped around the 1970's.
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Old December 30th, 2011, 05:06 PM   #10

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i'd say last year will be in the chapter called "worst presidents"..
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