|Paul Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress (1678).|
N.B.: Noah Webster did not include an "e"
in the word "country" when he published
The Vermont Department of Education's History & Social Studies Standards has a standard that asks students to "show understanding of past, present, and future time by...explaining why certain key events remain the historic consciousness [sic, a preposition is needed prior to the preceding three words (i.e., "in")] and others do not (e.g., the role of the Pilgrims in 1628)." Aside from the flawed prose, it is clear that the people responsible for promulgating these "standards" don't know that the date that remains in people's consciousness is 1620, not 1628! If I give them the benefit of the doubt, they have offered us a date that does not remain in the public consciousness as an attempt at humor.
Let me offer a re-write: show understanding of past, present, and future time by...explaining why certain key events remain in the historic consciousness (e.g., the role of the Pilgrims in 1620) and others do not (e.g., the role of Ned Ludd and the Luddites in 1779 and 1811-16, respectively)."
This may seem like a nit-picky post, but these standards are intended to be reviewed and implemented by every History & Social Studies teacher at a public school in Vermont. More scrutiny is needed.