Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Scientific Management of Homemaking

The title of household engineer was not created as a way to make housework sound more technical. It was created because housework became more technical with the introduction of modern appliances in the 1920's.

A Pact to End War - The Kellogg-Briand Pact

In history circles there seems to be a fascination with wars. I realize that I am in the minority by not sharing this fascination with death and destruction. In fact, when I mentioned my lack of enthusiasm for war in class, one of my students asked me:

"What would we study if we didn't focus on wars?" 

The scary part, is that I see his point. So much of what we teach/learn in our curriculum is focused on conflict. We even define certain periods by the absence of war, like "the interwar years" between World War I and World War II. It's like those optical illusions where you see two different images.

Am I looking at the two faces or the candlestick?