Mark Collins – “Der Untergang des Abendlandes”, US Education Section

I suspect matters are not much better, if at all, in the Canada that is supposedly back–a tweet:

AKA The Decline of the West.

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds


2 thoughts on “Mark Collins – “Der Untergang des Abendlandes”, US Education Section”

  1. A friend who teaches high school history in England responds:

    “I feel exactly the same about the lack of knowledge of UK history amongst school kids and younger adults here. Here’s a good question “At what age do we learn most of our history?” I have the horrible feeling that people today learn more history after their school years than they do when they’re in school. They may learn a lot of low-level historical methodology but hard facts are left to one side because they have to be learnt and thus tested. Simple, regular, weekly tests hardly exist anymore. I could go on to explain that this is because of class sizes, mixed ability classes, the perceived need for inclusion and the avoidance of ‘making’ someone fail in any circumstances. The discussion is immense so I won’t bore you with details but at least you have the bare bones.”

    Sure sounds a lot like Canada too.

    Mark Collins

  2. Unterganging more broadly, a must-read:

    ‘John Robson: Dion vs. Putin ends predictably

    Have you ever seen a man shoot down modern jet fighters with his tongue? Or his ego? I ask because of the bizarre spectacle of our foreign affairs minister calling for the grounding of Syria’s air force in the apparent conviction that he had just done something useful rather than pathetic and fatuous.

    It happened at a meeting of the International Syria Support Group, speaking of pathetic and fatuous. After Vladimir Putin humiliated Barack Obama by granting him a Syrian ceasefire, then having Syrian and Russian planes unleash even greater carnage, Stéphane Dion and other masters of rhetorical futility like John Kerry gathered in New York to insist that, instead of flying around killing people, we are supporting with emptily resonant words, Syrian dictator Bashar Assad’s air force should stand down so we could help his enemies and enforce “future ceasefires.”

    It is one of those occasions when I wish I could convince myself a man was being stupid on purpose. If so, he might stop on purpose, or be saying one thing in public and doing or at least thinking another in private. But I see no evidence that it is so…

    The only rational explanation is that they [including President Obama and PM Trudeau] genuinely don’t grasp that force is the trump suit in geopolitics, or get Hilaire Belloc’s couplet, “Pale Ebenezer thought it wrong to fight, But Roaring Bill (who killed him) thought it right.”

    Frederick the Great said diplomacy without force is like music without instruments. Yet politicians such as Dion and Kerry consider themselves Mozarts of multilateralism, whose enchanting melodies can bend foreign despots to our will and reform their souls so they stop wanting to kill people with weapons they deliberately acquired for that purpose while we deliberately didn’t because we were convinced weapons are obsolete and icky…’

    Quite. Quite. Quite.

    Mark Collins

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