History disrespected

Scott became famous for freezing to death in Antartica.
Columbus made history thinking some island was India.
General Custer’s a national hero for not knowing when to run.
All these men are famous, but they’re also very dumb.

History is made by stupid people.
Clever people wouldn’t even try.
If you wanna place in the history books,
Then do something dumb before you die.

Nobility are famous for no reason.
Marie Antoinette enjoyed her cake.
She caused a Revolution when she would not share.
And her husband lost his head for that mistake.

The Hindenberg was a giant zeppelin.
Her makers made a minor oversight.
Before they filled it up with explosive gas
They should have fixed the no smoking light.

Ahhh!
History is made by stupid people.
Clever people wouldn’t even try.
If you wanna place in the history books,
Then do something dumb before you die.

Tally-Ho! Tally-Ho!
Our king and country’s honour we will save.
Tally-Ho! Tally-Ho!
We’re marching into history and the grave.

So, if your son or daughter seem too lazy,
Sitting there watching MAD T.V.
Just remember you should quite grateful
At least they’re not out making history.

Ahhh!
History is made by stupid people.
clever people wouldn’t even try.
If you wanna place in the history books,
Then do something dumb before you die.
Do something dumb before you die
Do something dumb before you die.

Now on that note from Arrogant Worms I wanted to talk about something I have noticed happening across Canada and in general.  The disrespect of the Humanities and History specifically at University.

When I say I am going to university, whether it is now or ten years ago, I am always asked the same thing.  “Oh what are you taking.”

“History.”

“Oh, what are you going to do with that.”

It is incredibly hard not take that personally.  Of course there are plenty of things I can do with that but to go even further the Universities themselves have become blah towards history.  Since 1999 my University has added:

1.)  A computer science slash general purpose building

2.) A neural science building

3.) A library

4.) Kineseology building (what used to be called PE building)

5.) A rebuilt Humanities building handed to the Education department

6.) Water Management building (finished this fall)

7.) Management and Health Sciences building (2009)

8.) A new atheletics field

The Social sciences and the Humanities are being slowly shuffled to the forty year old concrete nightmare down the coulee.  As a History major I wonder what is becoming of our department.  I see this across Canada, few now have US history departments (or even a professor or two) they certainly do not focus on it at a higher graduate level, which is why I am going to Montana.

To me this about research.  Science research or being a school for business brings in bucks in Canada, atheletics are no where near as important as they are in the US so I think this has led to a willingness for Universities to concentrate only “money” programs.  Famous historians apparently just do not cut it.  You want to get the big bucks, get a heart surgeon.

It is such a depressing site to see my professor brag about finally having a window.  yikes.   

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