“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
When the Spanish philosopher and essayist penned those memorable
words in 1905, he was actually adapting an older quote from the British statesman Edmund Burke, who had observed in the 18th Century that “those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.”
With apologies to both gentlemen, I would like to adapt the phrase
yet again for the 21st Century: “Those who don’t teach history all but
guarantee that it will be repeated.”
I feel moved to write those words this week as we mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Friday, Nov. 22.