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Celebrating the 800th Birthday of the Rule of Law

Magna Carta signing
We will sell to no man, we will not deny or defer to any man either justice or right.—Magna Carta (final version, 1225)We celebrate the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta this week, and it somehow seems appropriate that this commemoration comes in the same week that annual National History Day finals is held at the University of Maryland at College Park.Read More »
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Spying for “A White Heron”

Whatever treasures were lost to her, woodlands and summer−time, remember! Bring your gifts and graces and tell your secrets to this lonely country child.—“A White Heron”June is the perfect month to discover “A White Heron” by Sarah Orne Jewett. Set in in rural Maine at the end of the nineteenth century, this short story, a seamless example of a local color narrative, is also a universal tale of female coming-of-age that transcends place and time.Read More »
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A Visit to The Whaleman’s Chapel from “Moby-Dick”

Interior of the Seamen's Bethel
What could be more full of meaning?—for the pulpit is ever this earth’s foremost part: all the rest comes in its rear; the pulpit leads the world …—Moby-DickRead More »
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Encouraging Visual Literacy: Tips and Tools from Internet@Schools

Screenshot of Mission US
If students aren’t taught the language of sound and images, shouldn’t they be considered as illiterate as if they left college without being able to read or write? —George Lucas, film directorRead More »
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Summer Reading for Teachers!

The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. He inspires self-trust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciples. A noble artist, he has visions of excellence and revelations of beauty, which he has neither impersonated in character, nor embodied in words. His life and teachings are but studies for yet nobler ideals.—Amos Bronson Alcott Orphic Sayings, 1841Read More »
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