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For He’s a Jolly Good Scoundrel: On Sanford Weill

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...

10 Needs for a Healthy Childhood and Educational Experience

A few simple, but important guidelines for providing a healthy home environment for your child. From SPIRAL ARTS (Larry & Victoria Temple).

10 Tips for Parenting Your Pre-Teen

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—...

500 Years of Chicano History in Pictures

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...

A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe

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 C Grayling: Bad Education

A C Grayling: What I Believe

A Child’s Seasonal Treasury, by Betty Jones


A Mathematician's Lament, by Paul Lockhart

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...

A People's History of the United States

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...

All Year Round, by Ann Druitt


An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

David Hume was a Scottish philosopher, historian, economist, and essayist, who is best known for his system of radical philosophical empiricism, skepticism, and naturalism.

Ancient Skepticism

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...

Animal Classifications

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...

Associative Economics: Spiritiual Activity for the Common Good

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: Zoroastrian Archive

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...

Batteries Plus, Santa Rosa

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...

BBC: The Story of India

Bertrand Russell on Critical Thinking

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...

Binary Math

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 in the Shadow of Brahmanism, by Johannes Bronkhorst

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,...

Building Skills in Python

CA ELA/ ELD Framework, Chapter 5

California Zoroastrian Center

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....

Calls to Action: Noam Chomsky on the dangers of standardized testing

Case Study of the Hibernia School, Heme, Federal Republic of Germany

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 London

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...

Chicano! The History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement

This well-regarded study of the Chicano movement serves as a companion to the 1996 PBS documentary of the same name.

Chidren's Music by Tanya Boone-Alva

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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.

Children at Play, by Hiedi Bitz-Crecilius

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China Camp State Park

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...

Class of 2020 Music Book

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An ever-growing collection of our favorite songs.

Climate of the United States

Closing the Modern Mind

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, Student Achievement Tests, and Schools

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...

Color Grid 10x10

Confessions of a Bad Teacher

Creative Commons

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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

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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...

Critical Race Theory

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...

Crossword Puzzle Maker

D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths

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...

Dancing Mama K.D.

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...

David Zinn, Street Art and Illustration

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,...

Decolonize Your Diet

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...

Deep Education: Re-visioning Teaching and Learning for Today, by Paul Freedman

Differences Between Traditional and Progressive Education

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.

Drawing Horses Tutorial

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Education and Its Discontents

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...

Education Towards Freedom, by Rudolf Steiner