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Dunce cap trivia

Origin of the dunce cap? 13th century. Interesting where the ridicule comes into play and what the hats were originally intended for.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunce_cap

Shame it doesn't say as much about party hats. Who thought they were a good idea?

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batchfile
Jun. 12th, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC)
spoken like a man who sounds as if he's recently been forced to wear a party hat against his will...

:D
kaolinfire
Jun. 12th, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC)
:hehe: Recently enough, now that you mention it (Christmas?). A paper crown, actually, the origin of which I think is easier to understand.

I'm not sure what brought it to mind just now. Oh, I was reading a story. :heh:

But seriously, why/where? :)
indomitability
Jun. 12th, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... I bet my dunce-cap-loving coworker doesn't know all that.

(Well, he doesn't make kids wear the dunce cap anymore, but he does have the dunce desk that kids have to sit at, and the dunce cap sits on the dunce desk.)
kaolinfire
Jun. 12th, 2007 11:06 pm (UTC)
He comes first to mind when the topic of dunce caps comes up. :)
indomitability
Jun. 12th, 2007 11:07 pm (UTC)
You've been spending waaaay too much time reading my work stories. :-D
eikomorikawa
Jun. 13th, 2007 02:34 am (UTC)
My second grade teacher thought detention was better than the dunce cap deal. My crime was daydreaming from boredom. Fortunately, my grade school let me take English and math classes two years ahead of my grade once I hit fifth grade. Not too many 1960s kids got to take algebra in grade school (I was one of two), but back then it was allowed; now it never is.

I wasn't a Doogie Howser, but nowadays, it seems that nobody in a public school system is allowed to advance at their own learning pace. (end rant)
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