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Old December 7th, 2016, 10:34 PM   #11

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I make sure I tell the students about these differences. It kind of blows some of their minds. I try to fix the stuff that screwed ME up in school.
If they don't know it theselves by the time they are students it's kind of late telling them. You don't teach the teenages how to write and read... or do you?
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Old December 7th, 2016, 10:43 PM   #12

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I was bothered by a book that stated Napoleon invaded the Soviet Union, and the capital was Moscow.
Yes, St. Petersburg was an almost impenetrable wetland/marsh.
I do better when I pursue history as a hobby rather than an academic course.
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Old December 7th, 2016, 11:01 PM   #13

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On April 15, 2013, two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring over 250. It quickly emerged that the suspects were both from Chechnya, a troubled province in the Russian Federation famous for its wars, terrorists, and dictator-like leader. Understandably angry, thousands of Americans took to Twitter to vent their rage . . . against the completely unrelated nation of the Czech Republic.
This idiocy wasn’t just limited to people on social media. CNN and a former CIA analyst publicly named the Czech Republic as the country responsible for the bombings. Things got so out of hand that the Czech ambassador to the US had to make a public plea to Americans to stop blaming his country for the tragedy.
What kind of education do you have in the US I wonder? I kind of feel frightened to know there are such dumbs working in the CIA.
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Old December 8th, 2016, 06:53 AM   #14

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What kind of education do you have in the US I wonder? I kind of feel frightened to know there are such dumbs working in the CIA.
Like the time immigration officials at Liberty Airport in New Jersey detained two spinsters who claimed to be Librarians on the basis that they had British passports, not ones from Libraria.
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Old December 8th, 2016, 07:17 AM   #15

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They should have brandished their library cards as proof!
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Old December 8th, 2016, 08:13 AM   #16

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Like the time immigration officials at Liberty Airport in New Jersey detained two spinsters who claimed to be Librarians on the basis that they had British passports, not ones from Libraria.
Hummm, I suppose that is a joke that a person that doesn’t have English as it’s native tongue has some difficulty to understand… on the other hand… maybe not… and the ones with extreme language difficulties were the authorities in the New Jersey airport.
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Old December 11th, 2016, 09:49 PM   #17
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Stop being such a nit, teacher. There are many more important issues in world history and using the modern names for the area makes it easier for the students to understand the events.

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Stop being such a nit, teacher. There are many more important issues in world history and using the modern names for the area makes it easier for the students to understand the events.
There are bigger fishes to stream (I just twist the idiom with a different culinary style) in this case.
Understanding of previous geopolitical situation will be necessary at some point, but it is not always the priority.
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Use the aftermath of WW1 as a yardstick. New nations were formed and old empires fell.
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Old December 20th, 2016, 05:59 AM   #20

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What kind of education do you have in the US I wonder? I kind of feel frightened to know there are such dumbs working in the CIA.
We have a good joke about that here, another Slovene member here told it before.

The mighty Slovene Airforce attacks the US capital, drops a few bombs etc. Then the HQ waits what will happen in return. The first few hours pass and nothing. A day passes. Nothing. Another day. Nothing. Then someone had the idea to phone Washington if they even noticed. Someone in the White House picks up the phone as says "god almighty, there's still someone alive in Slovakia?!"
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