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June 6, 2008 / howardmestas


Today we were on the SEPTA Subway again, only this time it was not as confusing as Father’s Day at an FLDS compound.  With precision and alacrity our forces were soon stationed at the National Constitution Center where cutting edge pedagogical training would soon commence.  Everyone was excited to see and hear Carol Berkin again and she did not disappoint!!!

As expected we were treated to an educational experience that was as entertaining as it was informative.  Today her topic was about the myths surrounding the Constitution, and its creators, a topic where she certainly is an expert.  Her focus was not on the traditional tales of the convention, but on the admirable qualities of the founders, including their moments of doubt and their fragile level of confidence; traits not usually associated with these reputable men.  According to Berkin they were obsessed with the dangers of power, to the extent they were actually fearful of themselves…that really is a commendable quality.  As for the men themselves, she alluded that there were only about 7 of them in attendance that could really be labeled as “Brilliant,” with Alexander Hamilton and Gouverneur Morris leading the list.  She said that most were just of average intelligence, but with the education and worldly experience needed to engage the challenges before them.

After Berkin, we were guided on a tour of the fabulous facility while simultaneously competing with the decibel level of thousands of bothersome juveniles also in attendance.  There were many amazing interpretive exhibits covering every category of great accomplishment in American history, all made possible by such a powerful, yet flexible Constitution.  It was especially gratifying to walk through the statuary hall to mix and mingle with the extraordinarily detailed lifelike figures of the founders.  From the looks of it, George Washington was a real bad ass with an intimidating physical presence.  It’s easier to see how he was such a great leader when you stand right next to him, or below him based on his size.  If they had just put he and King George III together in a cage for just a few minutes, this whole revolution thing could have been decided a whole lot quicker, with a lot less cost and the least amount of turbulence!  Once again this was another great day in Philadelphia.




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  1. Kelli / Jun 8 2008 2:41 am

    Great blog on Berkin. I was disappointed with only one thing – we didn’t get more of her in the afternoon. I love hearing the stories of the people, the real people, and what their experience would have been like. Mrs. Berkin did that expertly and you nicely described our class time with her.

  2. history591fifteen / Jun 7 2008 12:56 am

    I agree with you that Carol did not disappoint! I was so excited to see her again after last summer, and could have spent the whole day listening to her- however, I did enjoy the rest of the museum.

  3. history591three / Jun 6 2008 11:25 pm

    I thought the life size sculptures were fascinating – George was a tall dude!

  4. stacirodosevich / Jun 6 2008 8:53 pm

    Wow, Howard! Your writing is quite sophisticated. Let me guess, you teach high school? I really enjoyed reading your blog. You put a great amount of insight into your writing. Thank you!

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