Saturday, April 26, 2008

Revisionist History

Seven loves to tell us about famous people throughout history. The problem is, he has no clue what he's talking about. He takes bits and pieces of what he's learned, puts his own spin on it, and then tells us how he thinks it all happened.

For example, here's what he taught us at the dinner table tonight. "Did you know that back when Martin Luther King, Jr. was alive there was another African American named Martin? This was after all the black slaves were freed, okay? So there was this other guy named Martin and he nailed a letter to the door of the church that told everybody that all they had to do was love Jesus and believe in Him and then they could all go to heaven and stuff because people thought you had to pay to get to heaven."

We tried to tell him about Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation and that MLK was actually named after Martin Luther (many years later). We told him that Martin Luther was white and lived in the 1500's and MLK was in the 1960's, but he liked his version of the story better.

Then when he was getting ready for bed he told us all about the Liberty Bell... "During Thomas Edison's time, you know, when he was signing the Proclamation of Independence, somebody shot the Liberty Bell and it cracked right down the middle and it's still there."

Anybody else worried about his social studies grade?

1 comment:

Midas said...

Hey, at least he's taking it in. He might be the next great historical fiction phenomenon. You know, he takes history and put his own spin into it. What a talent huh!?

That's one way to look at it. :)

it's Shoshana