A quick flyover of the Altadena Community Garden

A quick flyover of the Altadena Community Garden.

Rhetorical Devices used in the Amanda Gorman poem “The Hill We Climb”

Amanda Gorman poem “The Hill We Climb” Amanda Gorman followed President Biden’s inaugural address to deliver “The Hill We Climb,” echoing many of Biden’s platform planks in dense rhetoric. At 23, Gorman is the youngest inaugural poet ever.  PBS made a lesson plan out of it. Read the entire transcript of Gorman’s words and “The […]

The Ben and Laura Jig

Performed by Ben Hockman

A Psalm of Life — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A Psalm of Life Tell me not, in mournful numbers, Life is but an empty dream!— For the soul is dead that slumbers, And things are not what they seem. Life is real! Life is earnest! And the grave is not its goal; Dust thou art, to dust returnest, Was not spoken of the soul. […]

Pangur Bán — An eighth century monk and his cat

Translated from the Irish by Robin Flower: ‘The scholar and His Cat, Pangur Bán’ I and Pangur Ban my cat, ‘Tis a like task we are at: Hunting mice is his delight, Hunting words I sit all night. Better far than praise of men ‘Tis to sit with book and pen; Pangur bears me no […]

Cranky Old Man poem

When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value. Later, when the nurses were going through his meager possessions, They found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made […]

New free online seminar: Rhetoric, the art of persuasive language.

Seminar to start in January 2012 Rhetoric — the art of persuasive language, both written and spoken. Topics may vary but emphasis will be upon vindicating and validating the unaffiliated, out-of-the-loop scholar and organization. Projects will include papers, lectures and debates and selected products will be published. The theme: Academics should be judged by their […]

Ken Robinson on Changing Education Paradigms

This is a delightful presentation by Sir Ken Robinson on what schools are and what they should be.    

Certificates from online courses at MIT

This NY Times article presents the next step in MIT’s online offerings: The certificate. This is wonderfull! this is what the modern uncollegian needs. No doubt there will be opposition for other institutions but it’s an idea whose time has come and who can argue with MIT? MIT Open Courseware has been providing free online […]

Collaborative learning outside the classroom — an excerpt from a lecture by Stephen Fry

Fry speaks on learning outside the classroom with fellow students in a collaborative homeschooling (or dormschooling) environment.