BCE (Before Common Era), BP (Before Present) and CE (Common Era) are the new neutral terms to replace the historical terms BC (Before Christ) and AD (Anno Domini).While it may be true that BCE and CE are commonly used terms in some circles, for those with any shred of intellectual or academic prowess they are a sheer absurdity.
A spokesman for the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority, responsible for developing the national curriculum from kindergarten to Year 12, said BCE and CE were to be introduced because this was an increasingly common standard for the representation of dates.
The little known term BP (Before Present) will be used when dealing with "very ancient history and archaeology, and allows for the teaching of more sophisticated understandings of representations of time".In anticipation of the curriculum change, textbooks for student teachers such as Teaching And Learning In Aboriginal Education, by Neil Harrison, were already using the term BP.
A spokesman for Education Minister Adrian Piccoli said yesterday the minister was not concerned about the changes, adding that BCE and CE were commonly used terms [more].
These liberal academics think themselves so intelligent, so wise, so tolerant and accepting, but in this way of thinking logic and reason has flown the coop.
New terms may indeed have been designated, but the reference point remains the same! What determines if something is Before the Common Era or within the Common Era? The birth of Jesus Christ! To create something new they simply throw a sheet over what ever knows remains at the center. Oh, the irony! Oh, the stupidity!
If they want to devise a new system of dating history that will not offend a small segment of society, then let them devise a truly new system of dating history.
If such a non-intellectual system takes hold of the United States of America, I, for one, will never adopt it, simply based on its lack of logic.