Thoreau ain't loaded in everyone's "American canon;" is he?
thus quoth: Writing on these matters from the standpoint of the history of the United States, there are two nodal points of British ideological fungus in the history of the northeastern U.S.A., which have gained special, world-wide relevance respecting the current issues referenced by the Cardinal's statement. The first, is the neo-Kantian mysticism kown as "Concord Transcendentalism," of such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau. The second is the spread of the so-called "American Pragmatism" of Harvard University's Professor William James. Just as the first, "Concord Transcendentalism," was an outcrop of the British Foreign Service's "Young America" subversion, the second reflected the British influences typified by Hermann Helmholtz and mid- Nineteenth-Century German neo-Kantianism. At bottom, in his work on the subject of psychology and in matters of religion, James was a runt of the American political litter, essentially a rabidly Tory throw- back to the early Eighteenth Century's satanic figure, Bernard Mandeville.[ 14 ] In all of James' work flowing into his general dogma of pragmatism, he was a follower of the modern Manicheanism of Mandeville, in the same sense that Charles Darwin professed his published work to be nothing other than his fraudulent imposition of the dogma of Thomas Malthus upon the reading of nature.[ 15 ]
thus: that was very erudite, and thank you for proving that "all unicorns are not white, not even one," vacuously.
the notion of teaching Cartesian products in kindergarten is of some interest, and you should contact Green Dot schools (if in L.A.) for the prospect of another charterschool milestone ... No Child left Behind, Come the Rapture!
seriously, that kind of idea is rather "mon general grand, Bourbaki" -esque, although you never know, til you've tried it out on some cohort of little ones. I did realize, a few years ago, that my 3rd-grade LAUSD induction into set-theory was a result of that group o'French folk, as with Dieuodonne's "death to the triangle!"
so, here is what I support, notably Fermat's reconstruction of the "euclidean" porisms, in the translation hereto of some "Geometric Fragments."