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Steam Engines<br />A series of lessons <br />by David C<br />Dec 2010<br />
Part 1:<br /> Dismantling the myth<br />
You know, education’s a funny old business…<br />
We all send our kids off to school to get an education<br />
We all send our kids off to school to get an education <br />and we hope that at school they will learn about how the worl...
We all send our kids off to school to get an education <br />and we hope that at school they will learn about how the worl...
We all send our kids off to school to get an education <br />and we hope that at school they will learn about how the worl...
We all send our kids off to school to get an education <br />and we hope that at school they will learn about how the worl...
But the further we get from events in history the more we water them down.<br />
But the further we get from events in history the more we water them down….<br />…so that after a while, all we have left ...
I mean, here’s an example:<br />Here’s a conversation between Mickey and Goofy in a comic I found recently.<br />
Goofy’s telling Mickey about how he won first prize in a quiz show and he doesn’t really know how he did it.<br />
When Mickey asks him how that happened, we discover that the question they asked Goofy was “Who invented the steam engine?...
Goofy doesn’t know, so he says “What!?”<br />
Goofy doesn’t know, so he says “What!?”<br />… and the guy says “Congratulations! You’ve won first prize!”<br />
Well, that joke’s only funny if you know that the inventor of the steam engine is <br />James Watt.<br />
Well, that joke’s only funny if you know that the inventor of the steam engine is <br />James Watt.<br />Well, so what?<br />
The point is, sometimes we reduce history down to the point that it isn’t even true anymore.<br />Well, so what?<br />
The point is, sometimes we reduce history down to the point that it isn’t even true anymore.<br />Yes, James Watt built st...
The point is, sometimes we reduce history down to the point that it isn’t even true anymore.<br />Yes, James Watt built st...
The point is, sometimes we reduce history down to the point that it isn’t even true anymore.<br />Yes, James Watt built st...
James Watt was a very good engineer and a very shrewd businessman, and he became fabulously wealthy building a whole lot o...
James Watt was a very good engineer and a very shrewd businessman, and he became fabulously wealthy building a whole lot o...
James Watt was a very good engineer and a very shrewd businessman, and he became fabulously wealthy building a whole lot o...
The funny thing is….<br />… that towards the end of his career, one of his staff showed him a drawing of a machine that lo...
... and James Watt – the man world famous as the inventor of the steam engine – said no because he thought it would be too...
If you want to learn more, I’ve made a whole lot of lessons about this subject. <br />
If you want to learn more, I’ve made a whole lot of lessons about this subject. <br />Search them down and find out what r...
If you want to learn more, I’ve made a whole lot of lessons about this subject. <br />Search them down and find out what r...
If you want to learn more, I’ve made a whole lot of lessons about this subject. <br />Search them down and find out what r...
History is about people.<br />
History is about people.<br />It’s about overcoming problems.<br />
History is about people.<br />It’s about overcoming problems.<br />It’s about getting rich<br />
History is about people.<br />It’s about overcoming problems.<br />It’s about getting rich, and sometimes failing.<br />
History is about people.<br />It’s about overcoming problems.<br />It’s about getting rich, and sometimes failing.<br />It...
History is about people.<br />It’s about overcoming problems.<br />It’s about getting rich, and sometimes failing.<br />It...
History is about people.<br />It’s about overcoming problems.<br />It’s about getting rich, and sometimes failing.<br />It...
END<br />dtcoulson@gmail.com<br />
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  1. 1. Steam Engines<br />A series of lessons <br />by David C<br />Dec 2010<br />
  2. 2. Part 1:<br /> Dismantling the myth<br />
  3. 3. You know, education’s a funny old business…<br />
  4. 4. We all send our kids off to school to get an education<br />
  5. 5. We all send our kids off to school to get an education <br />and we hope that at school they will learn about how the world works <br />
  6. 6. We all send our kids off to school to get an education <br />and we hope that at school they will learn about how the world works; where machinery comes from<br />
  7. 7. We all send our kids off to school to get an education <br />and we hope that at school they will learn about how the world works; where machinery comes from, <br />who invented what<br />
  8. 8. We all send our kids off to school to get an education <br />and we hope that at school they will learn about how the world works; where machinery comes from, <br />who invented what <br />and where all of this technology is taking us.<br />
  9. 9. But the further we get from events in history the more we water them down.<br />
  10. 10. But the further we get from events in history the more we water them down….<br />…so that after a while, all we have left is the kind of stuff you find in a quiz shows. <br />
  11. 11. I mean, here’s an example:<br />Here’s a conversation between Mickey and Goofy in a comic I found recently.<br />
  12. 12. Goofy’s telling Mickey about how he won first prize in a quiz show and he doesn’t really know how he did it.<br />
  13. 13. When Mickey asks him how that happened, we discover that the question they asked Goofy was “Who invented the steam engine?”<br />
  14. 14. Goofy doesn’t know, so he says “What!?”<br />
  15. 15. Goofy doesn’t know, so he says “What!?”<br />… and the guy says “Congratulations! You’ve won first prize!”<br />
  16. 16. Well, that joke’s only funny if you know that the inventor of the steam engine is <br />James Watt.<br />
  17. 17. Well, that joke’s only funny if you know that the inventor of the steam engine is <br />James Watt.<br />Well, so what?<br />
  18. 18. The point is, sometimes we reduce history down to the point that it isn’t even true anymore.<br />Well, so what?<br />
  19. 19. The point is, sometimes we reduce history down to the point that it isn’t even true anymore.<br />Yes, James Watt built steam engines….<br />
  20. 20. The point is, sometimes we reduce history down to the point that it isn’t even true anymore.<br />Yes, James Watt built steam engines….<br />…. But that thing down there isn’t a steam engine.<br />
  21. 21. The point is, sometimes we reduce history down to the point that it isn’t even true anymore.<br />Yes, James Watt built steam engines….<br />This is a steam engine<br />
  22. 22. James Watt was a very good engineer and a very shrewd businessman, and he became fabulously wealthy building a whole lot of these things.<br />This is a steam engine<br />
  23. 23. James Watt was a very good engineer and a very shrewd businessman, and he became fabulously wealthy building a whole lot of these things.<br />But he never built anything to go down a railway line.<br />
  24. 24. James Watt was a very good engineer and a very shrewd businessman, and he became fabulously wealthy building a whole lot of these things.<br />But he never built anything to go down a railway line.<br />The funny thing is….<br />
  25. 25. The funny thing is….<br />… that towards the end of his career, one of his staff showed him a drawing of a machine that looked a little like this and said “Why don’t we build one of these?”<br />
  26. 26. ... and James Watt – the man world famous as the inventor of the steam engine – said no because he thought it would be too dangerous.<br />
  27. 27. If you want to learn more, I’ve made a whole lot of lessons about this subject. <br />
  28. 28. If you want to learn more, I’ve made a whole lot of lessons about this subject. <br />Search them down and find out what really happened. <br />
  29. 29. If you want to learn more, I’ve made a whole lot of lessons about this subject. <br />Search them down and find out what really happened. <br />… because it seems to me that when we put the details back into history, it becomes more interesting and more meaningful<br />
  30. 30. If you want to learn more, I’ve made a whole lot of lessons about this subject. <br />Search them down and find out what really happened. <br />… because it seems to me that when we put the details back into history, it becomes more interesting and more meaningful, as well as more truthful.<br />
  31. 31. History is about people.<br />
  32. 32. History is about people.<br />It’s about overcoming problems.<br />
  33. 33. History is about people.<br />It’s about overcoming problems.<br />It’s about getting rich<br />
  34. 34. History is about people.<br />It’s about overcoming problems.<br />It’s about getting rich, and sometimes failing.<br />
  35. 35. History is about people.<br />It’s about overcoming problems.<br />It’s about getting rich, and sometimes failing.<br />It’s about being in the right place at the right time.<br />
  36. 36. History is about people.<br />It’s about overcoming problems.<br />It’s about getting rich, and sometimes failing.<br />It’s about being in the right place at the right time.<br />Sometimes it’s a damned mess.<br />
  37. 37. History is about people.<br />It’s about overcoming problems.<br />It’s about getting rich, and sometimes failing.<br />It’s about being in the right place at the right time.<br />Sometimes it’s a damned mess.<br />And it explains why we are <br />the way we are today.<br />
  38. 38. END<br />dtcoulson@gmail.com<br />

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