Things Students Taught Me: WWI and the Roaring Twenties

“Also racism came to a head with the development of the KKK.  They could now publicly hate everyone.”

“Industrialism helped US become more industrialized.” 

“The US entered WWI because of Communism.”

“WWI was caused because of the Holocaust.”


Q:  “What’s different about the ‘Roaring 20s?’ ”

  • “Henry Ford produced a car every 10 seconds by WWI.”
  • “People did social things again, enjoyed themseles more, and had more children”
  • “It was at this time that the oops began.”
  • “I believe the roaring 20s were said to be the best century.”
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  1. Anna

     /  October 29, 2007

    Oh, brain damage again…nooo!

  2. Madeleine

     /  October 29, 2007

    oh god.

  3. celogomama

     /  October 29, 2007

    The horrible thing is this proves 1) the student isn’t reading 2) the student isn’t listening 3) this is probably a lifelong cycle of ignorance on the student’s part

    Honestly, nothing could induce me to teach outside of my own walls. I’d have to hand over some of that awesome armour you make to such people and insist they let me take a whack at them.

  4. Anna

     /  October 29, 2007

    Now, now, look, don’t give him ideas!!!:-)

  5. Mike

     /  October 29, 2007




    Can you beat these guys? Like with a stick or a brick?

  6. Mike

     /  October 29, 2007

    Or maybe a flogging? Clap them in irons and do some historical re-enactment?

  7. Anna

     /  October 30, 2007

    There they are again, with them ideas…and I was doing SO well talking him out of a trial by combat series…:-)

  8. Actually, from a financial perspective, the “oops began” answer is not necessarily a bad answer, if they back it up with something about the widespread use of credit for market speculation.

    But otherwise I agree — please apply coup de grace to left eye with post-hole digger.

  9. Julie Skeesick

     /  November 7, 2007

    Russ – It’s Jules…. Joe told me about your post here shortly after I read him yet another masterpiece composed by a “future educator of America” (not if I can help it!!) (I adjunct @ UNCP)
    For your pleasure…. Or pain…. despair??…. “Being reliable means we understand what it means to be reliable and once that is understood we determine how important it is to us to be reliable.”




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