Quote of the Moment: Charles Darwin, noble monkey ancestors

March 13, 2007

Charles Darwin, image from Deviant Art; Artwork : www.davidrevoy.com

Charles Darwin, image from Deviant Art; Artwork : http://www.davidrevoy.com

For my own part I would as soon be descended from that heroic little monkey, who braved his dreaded enemy in order to save the life of his keeper, or from that old baboon, who, descending from the mountains, carried away in triumph his young comrade from a crowd of astonished dogs — as from a savage who delights to torture his enemies, offers up bloody sacrifices, practices infanticide without remorse, treats his wives like slaves, knows no decency, and is haunted by the grossest superstitions.

– Charles R. Darwin,
The Descent of Man,
1871, ch. 6

Teacher and student history resources, from the Feds

March 13, 2007

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE) is a great idea. Federal agencies are loaded with information useful to teachers and students, formerly available in print if one could find the appropriate phone number or get lucky with a mail sweepstakes. Now a lot of the information is compiled specifically for education, and the U.S. Department of Education has compiled a user-congenial site to help educators find the stuff.

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Under “U.S. History and Topics” you may find a good deal of support for most social studies disciplines. The Women’s History Month focus highlights two topics from the Library of Congress and two from the National Endowment for the Humanities.   Read the rest of this entry »

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