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Curriculum

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...
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...
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...
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...
"DAS PUBLIKUM STUTZTE.” That was how Goethe described the reception of his Versuch die Metamorphose der Pflanzen zu erklären almost thirty years after its initial publication in 1790. How could a poet of such renown deviate from his way and devote so much time and energy to plants? The...
This book should probably have been called, "Lies In My Textbook", but although more accurate that's not as catchy. In any case, this book provides a detailed critique of twelve leading high school U.S. history textbooks. In addition to documenting the inaccuracies and omissions, Loewen...
Our knack for language helps us structure our thinking. Yet the ability to wax poetic about trinkets, tools or traits may not be necessary to think about them abstractly, as was once suspected. A growing body of evidence suggests nonhuman animals can group living and inanimate things based on less...
Many of us were introduced to biology—the science of life—by dissecting frogs, and we never learned about living frogs in nature. Modern biology has increasingly moved out of nature and into the laboratory, driven by a desire to find an underlying mechanistic basis of life. Despite all its success...
By Alfie Kohn
Standardized testing has swelled and mutated, like a creature in one of those old horror movies, to the point that it now threatens to swallow our schools whole. (Of course, on “The Late, Late Show,” no one ever insists that the monster is really doing us a favor by...
This document comprises a powerful message given by the Hau de no sau nee (or traditional Six nations council at Onondaga) also called the Iroquois Confederacy "to the Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland in September, 1977.
The Non-governmental...
"The War Prayer," a short story or prose poem by Mark Twain, is a scathing indictment of war, and particularly of blind patriotic and religious fervor as motivations for war. The piece was left unpublished by Mark Twain at his death in April 1910, largely due to pressure from his family, who feared...
There are many websites with information on Waldorf education. Usually they are for a specific school or an association of Waldorf schools. This site is different. It is intended to provide in-depth information about Waldorf education for parents and prospective parents, and to clear up...