Still Upsetting

I blogged a couple posts back about a student who was talking to his mother (stationed in Iraq) on his cell phone, had that phone call disconnected by a teacher, and then was expelled because he didn’t take to that very well.

There’s more here.

His suspension was shortened from ten days to two. Officials claim that he was suspended for swearing at the teacher who grabbed his cellphone and disconnected the phone call. Kevin says he didn’t swear. Officials say the teacher did not know it was his mother on the phone. However, according to the first article, the teacher told him that he could not use a cell phone during school hours, and Kevin told her, “It’s my mother, and I’m not about to hang up on my mom.” At that point, the teacher grabbed the phone from him and disconnected the phone call, and Kevin raised his voice, and either did, or did not, swear, depending on who is telling the story.

I’m on Kevin’s side. Obviously.

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Words to Make a Mother Proud

This afternoon the First Year Boy requested a souvenir from the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.

He chose a copy of the Declaration of Independence. He proudly showed it to me and said, “I love the Declaration of Independence. I love it so much that I want somebody to read it to me at bedtime every night.”

We love it, too.

If you haven’t read it lately, maybe you should. Perhaps bedtime is the right time. Give it a read.

Words like these stir the blood:

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…

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For the Common Place Book

My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions, but in the fewness of my
wants. –J. Brotherton

Beauty tip of the month: For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. –
Audrey Hepburn

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Reasons Why Americans Should Learn History

And not just “American” History.

Following are some stories, information, and events every scholar should know. Read the list over and see if you can guess what they all hve in common:

1. The story of the Iliad, in particular, the trial scene from the shield of Achilles

2. Roman praetorians and their function in society

3. Julian

4. Justinian and the Corpus Juris

5. King John and the Magna Carta

6. The Chancellor publishing the first Statute of Westminister

7. Lord Coke and King James

8. Chief Justice Marshall and Justice Story.

What do they all have in common? They are all depicted in bronze relief panels on the doors of the Supreme Court building in Washington, DC. Their story is our story.

The panels on the 6.5 ton doors illustrate great moments in the history of the law. That history is our history, because we are a society based upon the Rule of Law.

Incidently, when John Marshall delivered the court’s verdict in Marbury vs. Madison, that was the first time an act of Congress was declared unconstitutional. Equuschick blogged about it previously here, and looked into researching it at the Library of Congress yesterday. We are having a wonderful time, my dears, wish you were here.

The Supreme Court Building

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We watched “National Treasure” last night… it was enjoyable.

I’ve given myself until May 15 to finish “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.” I’m 80 pages into it. I guess I’d better get busy. If the DHM and the Equuschick didn’t have so many interesting books I’m sure it would be easier.

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