This is an excerpt from my latest post over at American Presidents Blog. For the full posting click on over.
Georgia will be implementing new standards in social studies soon. One of the new standards requires students to name positive character traits of key historic figures and government leaders (honesty, patriotism, courage, trustworthiness).
While doing some research this week on Warren G. Harding I raised a question for myself. Can teachers, especially at the elementary level teach anything positive about Harding?
Hmmmm….let’s look at the facts.
Harding had at least two verified mistresses. He met with one in the Oval office and was alleged to have a child with her.
During Harding’s presidency he kept the White House stocked with bootleg whiskey even though Prohibition was in effect. Harding and his cronies spent a lot of time in the White House playing poker where he once gambled away the White House china.
Go on now....click on over. I'll be here when you get back.