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English 15 A A quick note… Hello. We were going to talk about education and alternative schooling today. Alas... the plague is upon me… Instead, read “America Skips School: Why We Talk So Much About Education and Do So Little,” by Benjamin R. Barber and respond to it. Questions are found at the end . Answer each of the questions thoughtfully and as a professional student and place them in the “Skipping School” dropbox on ANGEL by, let’s say, the next time we meet, the 26 th of November. And don’t forget to get started on Paper 5. I’ll be around via email over Thanksgiving break for and questions. Also, for fun, bring up during dinner how the Pilgrims killed off the Native Americans who helped them survive the winter! It will make for fun and zesty dinner conversation and your parents will ask you, “Where did you get this kind of liberal nonsense?” and you can say, “From my English teacher and those dang books, such as… Lies My Teacher Told Me, by James W. Loewen.” When they ask who the heck is that and what does he know, say, “He got his PhD in Sociology at Harvard and has been a a Professor of Sociology for 20 years at places like the University of Vermont, Tougaloo College, and the Catholic University of America.” Exerpts from his seminal book: “The Thanksgiving myth is that the Pilgrims settled the United States in 1620. They had  to fight off indians repeatedly… Few Americans know that one-third of the United States,  from San Francisco to Arkansas to Natchez to Florida, has been Spanish longer than it has  been "American," and that Hispanic Americans lived here before the first ancestor of the  Daughters of the American Revolution ever left England" (77). “British and French fisherman, landing in Massachusetts for fresh water and supplies in  1617, brought the plague to the American indians. "Within three years the plague wiped  out between 90 percent and 96 percent of the inhabitants of coastal New England...  Unable to cope with so many corpses, the survivors abandoned their villages" (81).  “What the Pilgrims found were settled farms, with the crops already planted and  growing, deserted by Indians fleeing the plague. The Pilgrims "found it easy to infer that  God was on their side. John Winthrop, governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, called  the plague "Miraculous"" (81).   "These epidemcs probably constituted the most important geopolitical event of the early  seventeenth century. Their net result was that the British, for their first fifty years in New  England, would face no real Indian challenge" (81).  “The plagues "continued west, racing in advance of the line of culture contact... Disease  played the same crucial role in Mexico and Peru as it did in Massachusetts... When the  Spanish marched into Tenochtitlan [now Mexico City], there were so many bodies [dead  from the plague] that they had to walk on them" (82-3).  1
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 "..the population of the Americas [was] one hundred million in 1492.. Europe had only 
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