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Bring Back the Dunce Cap

July 27, 2016 5 Comments

class clown

class clown

ain't too proud to wear it

ain’t too proud to wear it

I think the time is right to bring back the tradition of wearing the dunce cap.  John Duns Scotus ( yes, exactly like SCOTUS) created the dunce cap as an educational tool. He was born in Scotland in 1266, so he might well have been hanging out with my ancestors, perhaps even influencing their upbringing.  Both of my parents have Scottish ancestry.  The Subtle Doctor, as Scotus was known, was a famous philosopher, teaching in Oxford, Cambridge, and Paris before his fall from  grace.

It seems the doctor was stabbed to death for his school of thinking.  His students used their pens to kill him because he was trying to “make them think”.  Now we have to ask ourselves which one of these “schools of thought” was crazier than the other, and also is the pen mightier than the sword.

For modern use I think we just make corrupt officials who are caught breaking the law to fashion their own caps out of construction paper. They all need to sent to sit in the corner for public humiliation until they repent of their stupidity.  Do you think this could work, gentle reader?

Scotus

Scotus

 

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