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 weaves insights from these thinkers and many others into a richly illustrated tapestry of reflections. Once initiated into the ancient mysteries, the reader discovers possibly profound meaning--not merely pragmatic utility--in squares, triangles, and other universal shapes.

Not every pattern identified in the book seems mathematically meaningful, but who knows? Why not keep and open mind and explore the possibilities. No mathematical expertise is needed to appreciate this book. That is both its weakness and appeal.

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.

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.

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 emphasis, with the result that, at the end of their time at school, every pupil is potentially qualified to enter either university or skilled technical employment.

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.

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 America while filming for Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom television series. Many of the photos are unique and not found in other collections. More than 600 animal species are represented, including mammals, reptiles, birds, insects and aquatic animals.

"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 reading public was astonished that Goethe had given more than passing attention to science, a completely alien field for him. But Goethe had not only ventured into the plant realm, he had offered a sweeping theory about nature itself.

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 provides some of the missing history.

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 than obvious shared traits, raising questions about how creatures accomplish this task.

By Andrea Anderson, May 1, 2014, Scientific American

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, this approach is one-sided and urgently calls for a counterbalancing movement toward nature.

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 making its victims more “accountable.”) But let’s put aside metaphors and even opinions for a moment so that we can review some indisputable facts on the subject.

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 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 that the story would be considered sacrilegious. Twain's publisher and other friends also discouraged him from publishing it. According to one account, his illustrator Dan Beard asked him if he would publish it anyway, and Twain replied,

"No, I have told the whole truth in that,
and only dead men can tell the truth in this world.
It can be published after I am dead."

Mindful of public reaction, he considered that he had a family to support and did not want to be labeled a lunatic or fanatic by the actual lunatics and fanatics. "The War Prayer" was finally published in the 1923 anthology Europe and Elsewhere.

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 misconceptions about Waldorf education. The goal is to provide a straightforward presentation of the facts.