Why Should We Teach Critical Thinking? It Just Gets In The Way Of The Propaganda by Dr. Michael Flanagan


Bad Ass Teachers blog has the article Why Should We Teach Critical Thinking? It Just Gets In The Way Of The Propaganda by Dr. Michael Flanagan. Sounded like a great tirade, but one think caught my eye.

Or referring to the bombing of Pearl Harbor as a “sneak attack” even though the Japanese had notified FDR and declared that there was a state of war between the U.S. and Japan.

Oh, my goodness, was the movie Tora! Tora! Tora! completely wrong that the Japanese didn’t warn our government until after the attack had already started?

Following the precepts of my <sarcasm>beloved</sarcasm> President Ronald Reagan, “trust, but verify”, I decided to check out the reference that showed that “the Japanese had notified FDR and declared that there was a state of war between the U.S. and Japan.”

The reference pointed to the Telegraph article Pearl Harbour memo shows US warned of Japanese attack. This looks promising. Certainly the headline seems to make the stated point by Michael Flanagan, but wait.

But Mr Shirley said: “Based on all my research, I believe that neither Roosevelt nor anybody in his government, the Navy or the War Department knew that the Japanese were going to attack Pearl Harbour. There was no conspiracy.

“This memo is further evidence that they believed the Japanese were contemplating a military action of some sort, but they were kind of in denial because they didn’t think anybody would be as audacious to move an army thousands of miles across the Pacific, stop to refuel, then move on to Hawaii to make a strike like this.”

Is this the lesson in critical thinking we are supposed to learn? If you have learned anything from this post, you will follow my references to verify my telling of this. If you do, I think you will find what Michael Flanagan said was even more blatantly wrong than my excerpts would indicate.

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