did you know: history according to my students

I love hearing the conclusions drawn by my students about historical events, mostly because there is often an element of truth in their otherwise naive comments.  About once a week I set my desks up in a square for Socratic seminars.  Today was our seminar about the Middle Ages, and it provided some priceless historical narrative.  My favorite comments are below:

“We could never have another epidemic like the Black Death; we have lots of medicine and shit…stuff.”

“The Jews started the Crusades because they killed Jesus.”

“No one really won the Crusades because everyone still has a different religion today.”

“Feudalism began with Charlemagne, when he converted to Christianity.  Well, he became Roman Catholic, whatever they are.”

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