When I was a kid growing up, I thought I might want to enter the priesthood. I really liked the Church and studying and I thought it might be a peaceful life. Well, I've gotten a good dose of being sequestered in a monastery the past few days and I face another three days. I've been reading Advanced Placement US history essays and frankly I'm worn out. The good news is I've learned a lot of history and I've put a lot of perspective on my knowledge. It's kind of like the theory that the only way to truly learn a language is to immerse yourself in it. Well that's what's happening here.
I've always been confident in my knowledge of history. Here I'm surrounded by history savants. I'm learning from other high school teachers, college teachers and many who have PhDs. If you love history, this is the place to be. The problem is that it is mentally draining. We read essays about 6 1/2 hours a day. I've read in the neighborhood of about 400+ essays in the past four days. We have three more days to go.
On top of the reading they bring in speakers and have seminars. I heard a prominent historian speak last night. I was excited to hear him speak on the New Deal. The speech portion was excellent, however the question portion turned into a lovefest for Obama supporters. If turns out the professor saw fit to make a favorable comparison of Obama to FDR. That thrilled all the leftie Obamaphiles in the audience to no end. To me that is certainly a case of "Damning with faint praise," but the One's people loved it. He did make one startling admission, the New Deal didn't end the Great Depression. That sent shivers down the spine of all the Dems in the room. He followed that up with "Well, that's not news." I think he should let the left in on that little tidbit of news, because that's been gospel for the Dems for many years.
At least something good came out of the speech. I'm going to sign off for now so I can study for grading the essays tomorrow. A monk's work is never done. I now retreat into my cell to contemplate the study of our history. For now I'll humbly refer to myself as Herodotus.