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When It Rains

Of Course It Pours In my last post I mentioned the possibilities of using reenactors at historical sites as part of the mix of teaching history, and Amy told us her in comment that there may be some version of this in Second Life — the virtual world that has both adult and teen sections. [...]

When It Rains

Of Course It Pours In my last post I mentioned the possibilities of using reenactors at historical sites as part of the mix of teaching history, and Amy told us her in comment that there may be some version of this in Second Life — the virtual world that has both adult and teen sections. [...]

Presidents’ Day Musings

Valley Forge National Park http://www.nps.gov/vafo/ was our mini family trip this weekend. We were drawn by the advertised activities on Monday — George Washington was to be there, with Martha, kids could make hats, and eat a special GW birthday cake. But the highlight of the trip turned out to be on Sunday — a regular [...]

Presidents’ Day Musings

Valley Forge National Park http://www.nps.gov/vafo/ was our mini family trip this weekend. We were drawn by the advertised activities on Monday — George Washington was to be there, with Martha, kids could make hats, and eat a special GW birthday cake. But the highlight of the trip turned out to be on Sunday — a regular [...]

Dumber, Smarter, and the Whole Question of Context

I see by the New York Times, that there is a new round of books about how we Americans are "hostile to knowledge." http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/14/books/14dumb.html?_r=1&oref=slogin This, of course, relates directly to the questions of context brought up by Betsy and Chris in the recent thread on McCarthyism. If kids don’t know anything, are not bothered by that [...]

Dumber, Smarter, and the Whole Question of Context

I see by the New York Times, that there is a new round of books about how we Americans are "hostile to knowledge." http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/14/books/14dumb.html?_r=1&oref=slogin This, of course, relates directly to the questions of context brought up by Betsy and Chris in the recent thread on McCarthyism. If kids don’t know anything, are not bothered by that [...]

sorry, Marc. I did it again

sorry, Marc. I did it again

By Chance

Cultural Amnesia http://www.slate.com/id/2159088/ is a fascinating, annoying, engaging, intimidating, collection of essays by the Australian polymath Clive James. If you love nonfiction, if you like reading essays that range widely and read like a conversation with the most brilliant raconteur-professor who simultaneously puts you at your ease and takes you around the world, through several languages [...]

By Chance

Cultural Amnesia http://www.slate.com/id/2159088/ is a fascinating, annoying, engaging, intimidating, collection of essays by the Australian polymath Clive James. If you love nonfiction, if you like reading essays that range widely and read like a conversation with the most brilliant raconteur-professor who simultaneously puts you at your ease and takes you around the world, through several languages [...]