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I started the issue about Dith Pran being dead. Unfortunately, after I
wrote the message my service went down and I couldn't do an immediate
investigation. Thanks to Kimberly for finding what I have since discovered.
My memory was of Dr. Haing S. Ngor's murder. AND, my memory was of how
affected I felt as to hearing this - after all he had been through, to be
murdered in this country; a seemingly senseless murder.
Sydney Schanberg (the Sam Waterson character in the move) wrote a book
called The Death and Life of Dith Pran. Maybe that is what made me think he
In any case what is disturbing me now is, that I went to the History
department today (oops sorry, we don't teach history anymore - it's Social
Studies) to get some help with this and guess what? They didn't have a clue
as to what I was talking about. "I'm talking about genocide!, Pol Pot
(spelling?), man's inhumanity to man! - - they are all under 30 years old
and know very little, it seems, about our recent history. Then they
challenged ME to answer any question about art history they could come up
with. I said go ahead, I know my art history.
I'm venting because several things have happened recently with what I
perceive as a lack of knowledge content on the part of younger teachers and
what seems to be a consorted effort by my district to "attack" the older
teachers for their methods and requirements in the classroom. What is
happening? I teach photography and use lots of history with the photos I
show. The kids don't know when the Civil War was. ???? Forget WWII. ??? I'm
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