Please Note: This is not an Echo Chamber. These resources are for research, inspiration and thought. Inclusion does not imply agreement.

Resources

A few simple, but important guidelines for providing a healthy home environment for your child. From SPIRAL ARTS (Larry & Victoria Temple).
It’s typically between the ages of nine and twelve that our cute, cuddly little children, once so willing to climb into our laps and share their secrets, suddenly want little or nothing to do with us. Pre-adolescents are not the same people they were just a year or two ago. They have changed—...
This compilation tells the story of Chicano history from before the European conquest of North America through colonization and into the present day. The book describes the Southwest as "Occupied America"—a term that Arizona conservatives often view as unjust and disparaging.
Actor Edward James...
In the spiral of the nautilus shell, the veins of a leaf, the bonds of atoms--everywhere he looks, Schneider finds geometrical patterns. Such patterns have long attracted the attention of probing minds, including Pythagoras, Plato, the Psalmist, Demetrius, Plotinus, Liebniz and Einstein. The author...
In the spiral of the nautilus shell, the veins of a leaf, the bonds of atoms--everywhere he looks, Schneider finds geometrical patterns. Such patterns have long attracted the attention of probing minds, including Pythagoras, Plato, the Psalmist, Demetrius, Plotinus, Liebniz and Einstein. The author...
In the spiral of the nautilus shell, the veins of a leaf, the bonds of atoms--everywhere he looks, Schneider finds geometrical patterns. Such patterns have long attracted the attention of probing minds, including Pythagoras, Plato, the Psalmist, Demetrius, Plotinus, Liebniz and Einstein. The author...
A Mathematician's Lament (also known as Lockhart's Lament) is a short book on the pedagogics and philosophy of mathematics by Paul Lockhart, a research mathematician and math teacher.
Often characterized by the overly-opinionated chattering classes as a "strongly worded opinion piece," it argues...
Since its original landmark publication in 1980, A People’s History of the United States has been chronicling American history from the point of view of the extraordinary people who created these United States rather than the ordinary politicians who typically seek to take the credit.
Known for its...
David Hume was a Scottish philosopher, historian, economist, and essayist, who is best known for his system of radical philosophical empiricism, skepticism, and naturalism.
The Greek word skepsis means investigation. By calling themselves skeptics, the ancient skeptics thus describe themselves as investigators. They also call themselves ‘those who suspend’, thereby signaling that their investigations lead them to suspension of judgment. They do not put...
To understand how all living organisms are related, they can be arranged into different groups. The more features that a group of animals share, the more specific that group is. Each type of animal is given a unique scientific name. This enables everyone in the world to communicate clearly knowing...
This book offers a spiritually-based sociology that goes beyond the parameters of a traditional treatise on economics. The term spiritual refers here to the eternal essence of the human being, of nature, and of the cosmos. It does not necessarily refer to any particular religious belief...
Avesta provide the complete text of the extant Avesta, the most ancient scriptures of Zoroastrianism, as well as many Pahlavi scriptures. It also includes information about the Avestan language, and other useful information for students of Zoroastrian religion. Most of the texts in these archives...
The staff at Batteries Plus provided honest, authoritative old-time advice and several creative ideas in my efforts to put together a set of off-the-grid solar lighting projects for our class camping expeditions.
Batteries Plus repairs broken Apple devices, including iPads, iPhones and iPods, most...
The ideal of critical thinking is a central one in Russell's philosophy, though this is not yet generally recognized in the literature on critical thinking. For Russell, the ideal is embedded in the fabric of philosophy, science, liberalism and rationality, and this paper reconstructs Russell's...
Explains the binary number system, which is helpful in fully understanding the more commonly used decimal number system. The site includes good explanations,
many examples, and practice problems.
Buddhism, we are often told, was a reaction against vedic Brahmanism. Vedic Brahmanism is the religion that finds expression in the Veda, an immense corpus of texts. Vedic Brahmanism, we are made to understand, is much older than Buddhism and was indeed the dominant religion in northern India,...
The Center celebrates religious and national festivals, holds religious, cultural and social classes in English and Farsi, arranged talks by scholars, holds music concerts and painting exhibitions, and publishes a quarterly bulletin with articles on religions, history, culture, news, and calendar....
The Hibernia School attracted the attention of the [UNESCO] Institute by the exemplary way in which three major components of the curriculum, i.e. artistic, practical and academic education, are articulated. From the very first grade up to grade 13 these three major areas are given almost equal...
Charmian Kittredge was the woman that became Jack London’s “mate woman” and life partner. She was born November 27, 1871 in Wilmington, CA, a suburb of Los Angeles.   Her mother, Daisy Wiley Kittredge, died when she was 6 years old and she was raised by her Aunt Netta and Uncle Roscoe Eames in...
This well-regarded study of the Chicano movement serves as a companion to the 1996 PBS documentary of the same name.
This lyrical and enchanting CD contains 21 songs for children of all ages. It begins with a lively wake-up song to start the day. Followed by joyful songs geared toward energizing young children.
With its stunning natural beauty and unique cultural history, China Camp State Park is an irreplaceable resource not only for Marin County, but also for all Californians and citizens everywhere. We are Friends of China Camp, a group of volunteers who have been operating the park since July of 2012...
An ever-growing collection of our favorite songs.
Author: A C Grayling
The tumultuous 17th century Enlightenment created the modern mind. What were the radical forces that shaped this intellectual world view we still share? And how is this under threat today?

Cognitive skills predict academic performance, so schools that improve academic performance might also improve cognitive skills. To investigate the impact schools have on both academic performance and cognitive skills, we related standardized achievement test scores to measures of cognitive skills...
Creative Commons helps you share your knowledge and creativity with the world. They work to protect and contribute to the full potential of the Internet—universal access to research and education, full participation in culture—to drive a new era of development growth, and productivity.
CREDO HIGH SCHOOL IS A PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL that calls on the proven principles of Waldorf education to deliver a college-prep program that ad­vances critical thinking, creativity, responsibility and initiative in public school students.
Founded in 2011 to complete the K-8 education of­fered by...
The academic field of critical race theory challenges traditional ways of looking at race and racism. The field's theoreticians argue that supposedly neutral concepts and institutions, such as meritocracy and legal assumptions, mask systemic inequality and institutionalized racism...
The ideas underlying the Norse Myths are a major theme of fourth grade.  During our Norse Myths block, I will be retelling tales from this book. This year's class play will also be based on these tales.
The Caldecott medal-winning d'Aulaires captivates with this beautifully illustrated introduction...
K.D. greatly enriched our Ancient India block by transforming the room with her extensive collection of authentic Indian cloths and artistic pieces.
She also came in every day for three weeks to lead our class through the ancient discipline of Yoga, telling ancient legends of the Avatars as well as...
Author: David Zinn
David Zinn has been creating original artwork in and around Ann Arbor since 1987, serving all manner of commercial clients from small shops to major municipalities while simultaneously sneaking “pointless” art into the world at large. His professional commissions have included theatrical posters,...
More than just a cookbook, Decolonize Your Diet redefines what is meant by “traditional” Mexican food by reaching back through hundreds of years of history to reclaim heritage crops as a source of protection from modern diseases of development. Authors Luz Calvo and Catriona Rueda Esquibel are life...
This chart, from Independent Schools, a magazine of the National Association of Independent Schools, is a helpful guide in understanding the differences between traditional and constructivist/progressive education.
Education and Its Discontents: Teaching, the Humanities, and the Importance of a Liberal Education in the Age of Mass Information, by Mark Moss, is an exploration of how the traditional educational environment, particularly in the post-secondary world, is changing as a consequence of the...
Essays is the title given to a collection of 107 essays written by Michel de Montaigne that was first published in 1580. Montaigne essentially invented the literary form of essay, a short subjective treatment of a given topic, of which the book contains a large number. Essai is French for "trial"...
Spinoza holds that everything that exists is part of nature, and everything in nature follows the same basic laws. In this perspective, human beings are part of nature, and hence they can be explained and understood in the same way as everything else in nature.
This aspect of Spinoza’s philosophy...
This book is a collection of talks Ajahn Chah gave to the monastic communities in Thailand. They are exhortations given to the communities of bhikkhus, or Buddhist monks, at his own monastery, Wat Ba Pong, and some of its branches. These talks are not intended to, and indeed cannot, serve as an...
Weill is the Wall Street hustler who led the successful lobbying that reversed the Glass-Steagall law, which long had been a barrier between investment and commercial banks. That 1999 reversal permitted the merger of Travelers and Citibank, thereby creating Citigroup as the largest of the “too big...
In 2005 Friends of the Petaluma River was formed to connect the community with the wonders of the Petaluma Watershed. While much of their work is focused on conservation and education surrounding this sensitive habitat, they also believe that celebration plays a large role in the mission. Through...
This site contains over 1300 digitized wildlife slides from a collection donated to Colorado State University Libraries by Warren and Genevieve (Genny) Garst. The slides were photographed over a period of 25 years as the Garsts traveled to Asia, Europe, Australia, Africa, North America and South...
Dedication: Because he has given me permission to tell my story; because he has read that story and knows I try to speak the truth; because I believe that he is fair-minded and will cause my people to receive justice in the future; and because he is chief of a great people, I...

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