My Thought About Common Core

There is great concern in some quarters about a government educational program called Common Core.  If I understand it, a 7th grade science class in Vermont would have the same lesson plan as a 7th grade science class would have in North Dakota and Arkansas.

In the hands of  a unfriendly power, foreign or domestic, that could be disastrous.  Plus having the hands of the Federal government one again into our lives frightens some people.

“Give education back to a local school board”, is the cry.   That sounds nice, and I think of a grandfather of mine who was a JP and served on the local school board in Excelsior Ark.  Not highly educated, but he had a lot of common sense, and valued education.

That sounds nice for the early 1900s.  But today, do you want school boards in small and large towns across the country, who think the earth is only 6,000 years old, who don’t believe dinosaurs existed because they are not mentioned in the Bible, and that climate change is a hoax determining what future generations learn in public schools?

If you think that statement is overboard come with me to a county I have worked with for over 30 years.  I did extensive research for a book and have completed several genealogical projects for them at no charge.  Those dear people are still grieving because the South did not win the Civil War.  (Notice, I didn’t say they lost). In the good old days, everybody had a place and knew to stay in it. None of this Women’ lib stuff and race mixing.

I understand the opposition to Yankee schoolteachers coming south after “the War”, as we call it down here. They might tell their students that all men are created equal.

Do we really want school boards in any county in the United States, that will just perpetuate ideas from the 19th century  local prejudices and misinformation?

What kind of future do those students have in the 21st century?

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Man’s Search for the Invisible God

Man’s Search for the Invisible God

Genre: Religion
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Year: 2016
ASIN: 1530528453
ISBN: 1530528453
Man's Search for the Invisible God explores the possibility as to whether or not there are connecting threads of belief between the major religions of the world. This book is a fresh look at some long-held erroneous beliefs.
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Cemeteries: A Treasure Trove of Information

Yes, it has been a while since I have posted on Arkansas History With A Twist.

But my life took an unexpected twist on July 2nd when I had a stroke.  My brain dis-connected with the fingers on my left hand-made typing impossible.  That function hasn’t been completely restored but is much improved.

The names and dates on tombstones are important but so much more can be learned or provide a subject for research.  The settlers who came into Arkansas buried their loved ones in the way they buried family “back home.  If the top of a the grave is out-lined in small rocks/pebbles,  it is a sure sign the family was from the Appalachia region of the U.S.  A great-uncle of mine had a small wooden house built over his grave.  I already knew my family was from northern Georgia.  When I was at Clarksville, Georgia I visited the city cemetery there, and every grave had he small wooden house on top of each grave.  I was distressed that my great uncle’s wooden house had been removed.  I complained and was told removing it made mowing the grass easier.  I am sure it did but they had also destroyed part of a cultural landscape.

18wheelerMy favorite cemetery is at Knoxville, Arkansas. It contains some of the most unusual grave markings I have seen.  Two graves were marked with simple field stone and the name/dates were spelled out with colored marbles , Next to those was flat granite maker with a professional engraving of an 18-wheeler. The deceased obviously was an over-the-road truck driver.

The grave of a teen-aged boy, who was killed in a motorcycle accident, had the drum sticks he had use playing in the school band fanned out on top his grave.

The marker that has the inscription “She did the best with what she had” has always fascinated me.  Was that the pet saying of the woman who was buried there, or was it a comment on the woman herself?

Apparently, you can get anything as a headstone. When we were at the cemetery after my sister died, they had a marker  with an Arkansas Razorback on it.


Does anyone in your family have an unusual headstone or have you seen one in cemeteries you have gone to?

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