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Should 1st graders be required to know about the Code of Hammurabi? (Common Core)
Engageny.org ^ | July 31, 2013 | Me

Posted on 07/31/2013 9:31:04 AM PDT by Kip Russell

I'll be the first to criticize public education for not being challenging enough and simply passing kids on to the next grade without teaching them anything...but is this too much for first graders?

Here's a partial list of what 6 year olds will allegedly be able to do after completing this lesson plan:

2. Explain the importance of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers and the use of canals to support farming and the development of the city of Babylon

4. Identify cuneiform as the system of writing used in Mesopotamia

6. Explain the significance of the Code of Hammurabi

9. Explain the significance of gods/goddesses, ziggurats, temples, and priests in Mesopotamia;

12. Describe how a civilization evolves and changes over time

21. Identify Hatshepsut as a pharaoh of ancient Egypt and explain her significance as pharaoh

26. Define monotheism as the belief in one God

34. Explain that, according to an important story in the Torah, Moses received the Ten Commandments from God and that the Ten Commandments are rules that tell people how to behave or live their lives

41. Identify that Christians believe Jesus to be the Messiah and the son of God

47. Identify the Qur’an as the holy book of Islam, containing laws for daily living and many stories that appear in Jewish and Christian holy books


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KEYWORDS: 1stgraders; atheist; christ; commoncore; education; god; hammurabi; jesus; melchizedek; originalintent
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I don't have a lot of contact with children, but I used to be one...I'm imagining a scene that goes something like this:

"Timmy, what was the impact of the Code of Hammurabi in Mesopotamian society?"

(deer in the headlights look) "Um...I like ice cream!"

1 posted on 07/31/2013 9:31:04 AM PDT by Kip Russell
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To: Kip Russell

I think we learned about that in fourth or fifth grade. Not opposed to that so long as they aren’t dropping George Washington and the Constitution to make time for it (which, I’m sure they are)


2 posted on 07/31/2013 9:32:06 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Kip Russell

That has got to be the most stupid thing I have heard of since Shelia Jackson Lee was suggested for Secretary of Homeland Security.


3 posted on 07/31/2013 9:34:35 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Inside every liberal and WOD defender is a totalitarian screaming to get out.)
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To: Kip Russell

4 posted on 07/31/2013 9:35:30 AM PDT by BCW (Book - http://babylonscovertwar.com/index.html)
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To: Kip Russell

Why would first graders need to know about anything in the middle east at that point of their lives. Knowledge of the judo-Christian history and influence should have already been conveyed to them in simple form in Sunday school. What the heck is wrong with teaching them about something closer to home and more important to them, like American history!? Sheesh.


5 posted on 07/31/2013 9:38:40 AM PDT by Afterguard (Liberals will let you do anything you want, as long as it's mandatory.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Yeah I too learned about it later on in grade school. The code was the first written down series of laws. I remember the nuns teaching it in parochial school I went to grades 1-8. Then 9&10 in a catholic HS with Marist Brothers. They tought us all about history both world and US. and how to be a patriotic American. Pretty good education all the way around.


6 posted on 07/31/2013 9:43:38 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Kip Russell

It depends on how this is being presented. First grade is the time for memorization of facts so that the student has pegs upon which to hang future knowledge. In our home school, children as young as 4 memorize the timeline of history, focusing on the major events included above.


7 posted on 07/31/2013 9:44:25 AM PDT by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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To: Kip Russell

47, really?

Welcome to FR. Mad Mo’s lies are not well-tolerated here.


8 posted on 07/31/2013 9:47:25 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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BTW, I’ll take the Holy Bible and nothing else, if I didn’t make that abundantly clear.


9 posted on 07/31/2013 9:48:30 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: Kip Russell

Nothing was taken from the Koran coloring book and used in the Bible or Torah, those books were written FIRST.


10 posted on 07/31/2013 9:48:49 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Reddy

Sixth grade here. Too complex and too foreign for first-graders. Most of them are very concrete thinkers at that age and anything they say about how a civilization evolves will be mere parroting.


11 posted on 07/31/2013 9:49:45 AM PDT by heartwood
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To: Kip Russell

This is ridiculous, most of the kids still can barely write their names and a lot still wet the bed.
I do not beleive these are real questions.


12 posted on 07/31/2013 9:50:52 AM PDT by svcw (Stand or die)
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To: Kip Russell

There’s no way this stuff should be in 1st grade. First graders need to learn something about what is expected of them here and now, that is, the virtues. And connected with this, things such as honesty in political leaders, honesty in their selection, voting mechanisms, etc., mostly expressed through stories about the persons of important and inspiring figures such as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

This is obviously directed at teachers and is an attempt to prepare Americans for the imposition of Islam, since even though the code of Hammurabi pre-dated Islam by many centuries and is actually rejected by Islamic law, the preponderance of references to the Middle East (with one modest mention of Judaism, which influenced our culture much more than did the Code of Hammurabi) and total neglect of Greece and Rome is clearly meant to blank out the West entirely.

When I was in school, we discussed the Egyptians and others around 4th or 5th grade, but in the context of what we already knew (which was the US and Greco-Roman culture, with the children individually knowing about Judeo-Christian culture through their religious instruction).

Fourth grade (in NYC) was devoted almost entirely to local state history, and I remember really liking it. We went on lots of field trips...

But the “Common Core” has nothing to do with reality and everything to do with indoctrination.


13 posted on 07/31/2013 9:52:37 AM PDT by livius
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To: Kip Russell

First graders will learn anything you’ll read to them or show them a video on. Egypt and Mesopotamia are cool. (In Sunday School, we call these subjects “Genesis” and “Exodus.”) I’d choose ancient history over environmentalist claptrap and “Anything’s a Family!” any day, if it was an either/or.


14 posted on 07/31/2013 9:54:28 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Ask me about the Weiner Wager. Support Free Republic!)
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To: Tax-chick

On the other hand, maybe that’s why my kids are so weird.


15 posted on 07/31/2013 9:55:58 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Ask me about the Weiner Wager. Support Free Republic!)
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To: GeronL

47. Identify the Qur’an as the holy book of Islam, containing laws for daily living and many stories that appear in the Nazi holy book, Mein Kampf.

There, fixed it.


16 posted on 07/31/2013 9:56:59 AM PDT by MikeSteelBe (Austrian Hitler was, as the Halfrican Hitler does.)
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To: MikeSteelBe

bump


17 posted on 07/31/2013 9:57:26 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Buckeye McFrog

They teach that the Bible is archaic and the Koran is holy. They teach that Christians are intolerant and that Islam is peaceful.

Teaching the Christian focuses on Crusades and witch burnings
Teaching Islam has them dress up and hear nice things about their culture

This is what they do in classes these days


18 posted on 07/31/2013 9:59:30 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: Kip Russell
Are you sure those are 1st grade core requirements?

Last year I taught 6th grade social students (focus on ancient civilizations) and they are questions I would expect them to answer on exams.

BTW our text book was excellent (Glencoe) There were entire chapters on the rise of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

19 posted on 07/31/2013 10:00:30 AM PDT by mware
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To: Kip Russell

This looks like middle school material.


20 posted on 07/31/2013 10:00:37 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: GeronL
I learned about Assyrians, the Fertile Crescent and Phoenecians in 7th grade Social Studies from Mr. Adorn.
21 posted on 07/31/2013 10:01:37 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: heartwood

Exactly. First grade is the Grammar Stage in classical learning, and rote memorization is what should be done during this stage. Like I said, first graders learning that the Code of Hammurabi exists as an important event in history is appropriate. Asking First graders to understand why it exists and to extrapolate the meaning behind the Code would be too abstract for them. That’s why I said it depends on how the information is presented :)


22 posted on 07/31/2013 10:05:39 AM PDT by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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To: Kip Russell
The Code of Hammurabi ... :What has our Heavenly Father, through His Son, Jesus Christ, told us?
23 posted on 07/31/2013 10:08:31 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Reddy
WRONG !
It's shoving ISLAM down our throats.
Anyone who does such, shall be punished!
24 posted on 07/31/2013 10:12:10 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Afterguard

There was no interest in teaching anything Jewish or Christian in public schools until it became cover for early teaching about “the Qur’an as the holy book of Islam, containing laws for daily living and many stories that appear in Jewish and Christian holy books.”


25 posted on 07/31/2013 10:12:21 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Kip Russell

Well, if the Ten Commandments are going to be taught, you may as well teach theirs source material.

Personally, I think reading, math, and science may be more helpful - but, hey, who am I to judge?


26 posted on 07/31/2013 10:14:38 AM PDT by In Another Time... (..In another place...)
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To: Kip Russell

This is one part of the Code which I remember well (from my 1st grade “Contractor’s Liability” class)

“If a builder build a house for a man and do not make its construction firm, and the house which he has built collapse and cause the death of the owner of the house, that builder shall be put to death”


27 posted on 07/31/2013 10:15:27 AM PDT by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: Kip Russell

It was all I could do to learn to read in first grade.


28 posted on 07/31/2013 10:20:53 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Yosemitest

Wrong.

Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Ignoring Islam will not make it go away.


29 posted on 07/31/2013 10:21:50 AM PDT by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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To: Kip Russell

funny how we all whine about how little kids learn in school, yet every time changes are proposed to rectify this, we whine all the louder. no wonder schools are all F-up.


30 posted on 07/31/2013 10:23:06 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: mware

I know it’s a very Freeper thing not to actually check the link to source, but if you click through I think you will find this is indeed from a first grade module as developed by the state of NY in keeping with the common core.


31 posted on 07/31/2013 10:23:55 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Kip Russell

My daughter is between 1st and 2nd grade and *is home-schooled* and can probably answer the MAJORITY of those questions.


32 posted on 07/31/2013 10:23:59 AM PDT by bolobaby
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To: Kip Russell

2. Explain the importance of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers and the use of canals to support farming and the development of the city of Babylon

4. Identify cuneiform as the system of writing used in Mesopotamia

6. Explain the significance of the Code of Hammurabi

9. Explain the significance of gods/goddesses, ziggurats, temples, and priests in Mesopotamia;

12. Describe how a civilization evolves and changes over time

21. Identify Hatshepsut as a pharaoh of ancient Egypt and explain her significance as pharaoh

I think I was absent that day? :-)


33 posted on 07/31/2013 10:25:11 AM PDT by FreedomGuru (Oil is organic.)
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To: Reddy
WRONG!
Not at the first grade level.
Teach it at the 8th grade level or higher, when they know just how EVIL Islam and Muslims are!
NEVER expose First Graders to such EVIL as ISLAM !
34 posted on 07/31/2013 10:26:34 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest

Wow. Actually, the Code of Hammurabi *is* historically significant and has NOTHING to do with Islam.

Maybe *you* need some history lessons.

(Hint: Just because something came out of the Middle East, doesn’t mean it has to do with Islam.)


35 posted on 07/31/2013 10:26:46 AM PDT by bolobaby
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To: mware
Are you sure those are 1st grade core requirements?

That's what is says...in fact, these are from only one section of 10 1st grade subjects. Here are other selected concepts that the students are supposed to master:

Domain 1: Fables and Stories
2. Identify character, plot, and setting as basic story elements
5. Identify characteristics of fables: short, moral, personification

Domain 2: The Human Body
2. Identify the skeletal, muscular, digestive, circulatory, and nervous systems
9. Identify Edward Jenner as the man who developed the first vaccine

Domain 3: Different Lands, Similar Stories
10. Use narrative language to describe (orally or in writing) characters, setting, things, events, actions, a scene, or facts from a fiction read-aloud
17. Plan and/or draft and edit an informative/explanatory text that presents information from a nonfiction/informational read-aloud that includes mention of a topic, some facts about the topic, and some sense of closure

Domain 5: Early American Civilizations
1. Explain that a shift occurred from hunting and gathering to farming among early peoples; compare and contrast hunter-gatherer societies and Mayan society
10. Identify the Aztec capital as Tenochtitlan; identify that Machu Picchu is an Incan city

Domain 6: Astronomy
16. Identify the four phases of the moon—new, crescent, half, full
23. Classify Pluto as a dwarf planet

Domain 7: The History of the Earth
5. Identify the layers of the earth: crust, mantle, and core (outer and inner)
13. Describe how heat, pressure, and time cause the formation of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks

Domain 8: Animals and Habitats
5. Explain how Arctic animals have adapted to the Arctic tundra and Arctic Ocean habitats
24. Explain why and how habitat destruction can cause extinction

Domain 9: Fairy Tales
4. Identify common characteristics of fairy tales, such as “once upon a time” beginnings, royal characters, elements of fantasy, problems and solutions, and happy endings
17. Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure

Domain 10: A New Nation: American Independence
4. Describe how the thirteen colonies in America evolved from dependence on Great Britain to independence as a nation
20. Describe the roles of African Americans, Native Americans, and women during the evolution from thirteen colonies in America to independence as a nation

36 posted on 07/31/2013 10:26:56 AM PDT by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: 9YearLurker

I am sure it is. It’s just that I find it amazing that those questions would be asked of 1st graders.


37 posted on 07/31/2013 10:27:54 AM PDT by mware
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To: bolobaby
I'm not buying that bull$hit, either.
Where do you think Islam got its roots from.
IDIOTS !
38 posted on 07/31/2013 10:29:32 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Kip Russell

Some of those questions are damn fine ones, just not appropriate for 1st graders to answer.


39 posted on 07/31/2013 10:31:06 AM PDT by mware
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To: Yosemitest

Dude - get a clue. Hammurabi was 17th century BC, waaaaaaaay before the word Islam was even muttered.

We are talking Babylonian mythos - Giglamesh, Shamash, and Marduk. Allah wasn’t even a thought in anyone’s head.

You are only proving your vast ignorance by trying to equate Hammurabi to Islam.

Hey - you come from the United States, right? Mormonism came from the United States! Therefore, YOU must be a Mormon!!!

Or, you must believe in Native American gods!

See?


40 posted on 07/31/2013 10:31:52 AM PDT by bolobaby
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To: Reddy
Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

They repeat it anyway (actually, it echoes). I am increasingly cynical/skeptical/fatalistic with age. Civilizations bloom, mature and finally decline no matter what you do.

41 posted on 07/31/2013 10:32:15 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: Yosemitest

“Good afternoon, Mr. Yosemitest, this is CVS calling. We just wanted to inform you that your prescription is ready for pick-up.”


42 posted on 07/31/2013 10:33:23 AM PDT by bolobaby
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To: bolobaby
Maybe *YOU* need some history lessons.

If you want a detailed history of "Mohammed's History" (spelled variously; Mahomet, Muhammed, Mehmet, etc.) then watch William Federer explain it, from Jan. 25, 2012 at CC Chino Hills, CA.
It's a MUST WATCH for everyone,Christians, Athiests and even Muslims!

This Video exposes the "Hidden Truths" and "Goals" behind Radical Islamic Muslims! - (EVEN WORSE);
It's one hour, thirty-two minuites and 26 seconds long, but it's worth your time.
Watch and learn Mohammed's History - Exposing Islam's "Hidden Truths" - Of Radical Muslims.

Also read ISLAM--Religion of Peace?

Click here to view Books by WILLIAM FEDERER from Amazon.com.
43 posted on 07/31/2013 10:33:27 AM PDT by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: DuncanWaring

Seems to me that these lessons rely on “read-alouds”, so they don’t have to bother with having successfully taught reading.


44 posted on 07/31/2013 10:34:46 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Yosemitest

The creation of Islam exists as an event in history and there is no reason that it should not be presented as a part of history to even a 4 year old as they memorize a timeline of what has occurred on this earth since Creation so that they will have a peg upon which to hang further learning.


45 posted on 07/31/2013 10:36:21 AM PDT by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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To: Kip Russell

My first graders memorized these names and facts, but we didn’t go into too much detail, because they won’t remember it all. But if they can truly memorize the facts, they *will* remember them.

We loved talking about Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Code of Hammurabi, Israel, all of it. All the major civilizations in a timeline.

I don’t think these will be presented in the proper way to grammar school students with the emphasis on memory work.

So, it sounds like torture. When do they play?


46 posted on 07/31/2013 10:37:15 AM PDT by agrarianlady
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Back in the 50s-60s I also remember Hammurabi’s code being a part of the history-social studies content. We were taught how that code was the first written codified set of laws or rules and that along with the ten commandments and other common law practices over many centuries evolved into many of the laws and codes and even our Constitution that we live by today. Nothing wrong with it if it is taught in that manner. Now, I would doubt that Common Core presents it in that context.


47 posted on 07/31/2013 10:37:49 AM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: mware
Some of those questions are damn fine ones, just not appropriate for 1st graders to answer.

I agree completely...if this curriculum was for 4th to 6th graders, I'd think it was ambitious but admirable, overall.

But for 6 year olds?

"Johnny, please contrast the societies of Amerind hunter-gatherers and the Mayans, explaining how this made a difference in the day-to-day lives of their people".

"I hafta pee-pee".

48 posted on 07/31/2013 10:37:53 AM PDT by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: livius
When I was in school, we discussed the Egyptians and others around 4th or 5th grade

Y'all have much better memories than me. I can't remember a single lesson from all of elementary school now that I am close to 60 (however, that was true when I was close to 20, also). But I can remember details of dirt bike specifications from when I was 10 so it must be selective.

49 posted on 07/31/2013 10:38:00 AM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: steve86
I can't remember a single lesson from all of elementary school

Ah, but I bet you remember the ABC song.

50 posted on 07/31/2013 10:40:49 AM PDT by agrarianlady
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