Here will be the course outlines and requirements to be successful for each class. I will also place items that don’t fit the links in the blog-roll and share current events on occasion, perhaps even some poetry. Most importantly, this area is for you to interact with one another on educational questions and ask both your classmates and I about things you’re needing help with. We are all resources that can be tapped and utilized for helping each other understand our world more. ( I’m available before school along with most Friday mornings )
Course Syllabus Eastern Hemisphere, Course Syllabus American History, American History II High School, AP US HISTORY, AP US GOVERNMENT, AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, ECONOMICS and the PSYCHOLOGY Syllabus’ are posted on their Class Pages.
Economic collapse, adrift without maps, lost in a sea with no rudder,
Wall Street is jaded, the U.S. downgraded, financial reports make us shudder.
Believing the news, we soon will grow used to a new living standard — and poor
Some blame Obama for some of the drama, others the Tea Party more.
The one shining star, of the season so far, the only success — truth be told:
Standing out in the crowd, behind the dark cloud, a lining — not silver, but gold.
Historically gold has had a mystical hold on men and women alike:
Gold diggers and dust, gold rushes and busts, gold bullion, Goldfinger, gold strike.
From Glenn Beck to Midas, proponents do chide us, gold is the only sure bet.
Gaining value and bounce, nearly 2 grand per ounce, it’s now at its highest price yet.
But what is gold’s worth, once yanked from the earth? Is it really so useful and great?
Can it help to cure cancer, or provide any answer, for tragedy, bloodshed or hate?
Patrick R. Taylor, a prof and emailer, at Colorado’s School of Mines
Explains why gold matters, to the thin and fatcatters, in a few but well-chosen lines:
Gold comes, as a norm, in elemental form due to “resistance to oxidation.”
Its value is, therefore, based on rarity, sure, and “as a hedge against inflation.”
But Warren E. Buffett, who sits on his tuffet, making cool millions all day
In a Harvard address, quickly confessed, to him nothing golden can stay.
Gold’s “dug out of the ground. …Then we melt it down, dig another hole,” he said.
Then “bury it again,” pay guards to defend. A Martian “would be scratching [his] head.”
Yet in tumultuous times, in calamitous climes, we are desperate for something to hold.
With bonds being broken and stocks takin’ a pokin’, perhaps all that glistens is gold.
The poetry of the earth is never dead.
– John Keats
Husband the earth. Protect
her from greed and violence. Build
with dignity. Respect all her creatures. Honour her
natural laws and the universe which cradles her.
Above all, heartily worship the Source of All that is.
This world needs secret heroes! Be brave, speak the truth,
heal the sick, make peace. Be strong, serve patiently, love
generously, live simply. Enjoy fellowship, eat and drink modestly,
celebrate the festivals. Breathe deeply, sing and make music,
walk often, cycle and recycle. Be thrifty, prefer cashflow to
possession, give good measure. Let your work be your prayer.
Put on the whole armour of light! Unearth the beauty in
everything. Inhale the Spirit of Goodness. Kindle kindness,
especially toward yourself, embracing the sweet
silence of your own soul. Fear nothing. Accept
what you are and — while you have
breath — give thanks.
There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely
shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and
music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.
– Lord Byron
The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what
is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty
to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only
paradise we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need,
if only we had the eyes to see … No, wilderness is not a luxury
but a necessity of the human spirit, as vital to our lives
as water and good bread.
– Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
I don’t know. Sometimes it would stop raining long enough for the stars
to come out. Then it was nice … It’s like just before the sun goes to bed
down on the bay, those million sparkles on the water… Like that mountain
lake, it was so clear, Jenny, it looked like two skies, one on top of the other.
And then in the desert when the sun comes up, I couldn’t tell where heaven
started and the earth begun. It’s so beautiful … Jenny, I may not be a
smart man, but I know what love is.
– Forrest Gump
To reach a great height a person needs to have great depth.
In matters of style, swim with the current;
in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
– Thomas Jefferson
To me a lush carpet of pine needles or spongy grass is
more welcome than the most luxurious Persian rug.
– Helen Keller
Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons.
It is to grow in the open air, and to eat and sleep with the earth.
– Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass
Keep your eyes on the stars, keep your feet on the ground.
– Theodore Roosevelt
“Last, but by no means least, courage- moral courage, the courage of one’s convictions, the courage to see things through. The world is in a constant conspiracy against the brave. It’s the age-old struggle- the roar of the crowd on one side and the voice of your conscience on the other.”
The Last word on Standardized Tests
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