Tuesday, April 3, 2012

General Lee

1st Grade Homework: Design a Stamp:

"Dad, what is a hero?" 7 year old 1st grader asks.

"Someone you think is awesome!" says Dad.

"Dad, why did General Robert E. Lee like slavery?"

"Not true Buddy, General Lee just loved Virginia more than he liked the Federal government telling him what to do about slavery in Virginia. He did not like slavery either and was asked by President Lincoln to lead the Northern military."

"Dad, whats the Federal government?"

"Washington DC, where President Obama lives and works, and Congress, and all the monuments and the IRS, and the Pentagon, and all those white buildings is the Federal government. Virginia has a state government in Richmond where it works."

Homework Result:

"My hero is... General Robert .e. lee. He tride to let state governments be abil to make thar own Dsishins."

"p.s that DiDent hapen. he lost."

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So we have a little bit of clarification required, but I wasn't expecting my sword wielding lover of cavaliers and all things joustable to be delving into the finer distinctions of the American Civil War at 7 years of age. So we learn...

Dad

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