Category Archives: history

History is turned on its head

Today is the 100th anniversary of the opening of Birth of A Nation, at Clunes Auditorium in Los Angeles. The first feature length film ever produced (three hours and ten minutes), this film was the technical and acting tour de … Continue reading

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Eric Foner makes my Bucket List yet again!

It was the last day of 8th grade today. Next week is graduation rehearsal and graduation, but today was the last day of classes. All my students’ papers have been graded and handed back, accomplished after some very late nights and … Continue reading

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Trench Warfare

My middle school classroom is set up with big tables which makes a great space for projects and group work. When there’s a test, however, the students are often on top of each other. Most of my students would never … Continue reading

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Seeking solace and connection and adventure

Eratosthenes (276 bce-194 bce), a Greek mathematician, geographer, astronomer, poet, and chief librarian at the Library of Alexandria calculated that 3,198 years ago to this very day, the sack of Troy occurred. Yes, 3,198 years ago, with the Trojan War … Continue reading

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Pale Blue Dot

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Beware the Ides of March

Every year at my school, on the Ides of March, one or another administrator is assassinated. This year two were offed. One at mid-morning break, the dean of students,  and the high school principal at lunch. The assassination is announced … Continue reading

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Problem – Olney – Pullman = No problem

In our Pullman debates today (our attempt to resolve the labor issues in the Pullman Strike of 1894), KM, who was playing Governor John Peter Altgeld, reduced it all down to a mathematical equation—Attorney General Richard Olney and George Pullman … Continue reading

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