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Why Sam Houston, Texas Hero, Opposed the Civil War

When the Marquis de Lafayette, the French hero of the American Revolutionary War, returned for a tour of the young United States in 1824–25 — just …

Extreme Weather

Lynching memorial leaves some quietly seething: 'Let sleeping dogs lie'

Black men were lynched for “standing around”, for “annoying white girls”, for failing to call a policeman “mister”. Those are just a few of the horrific stories on display at a new national memorial to lynching victims in Montgomery, Alabama.<p>One mile away, another historical monument tells a very …

Black History

Fall of the Western Roman Empire

To many historians, the fall of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century CE has always been viewed as the end of the ancient world and the onset …

Ancient History

10 things you may not know about Abraham Lincoln

There’s no danger of people forgetting Abraham Lincoln. Some 15,000 books have been written about him. And that’s not including U.S. history textbooks, which can’t ignore his leadership during the Civil War.<p>So you may know a lot about the 16th president. But there are many things about Lincoln that …

War

Why Schools Fail To Teach Slavery's 'Hard History'

"In the ways that we teach and learn about the history of American slavery," write the authors of a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), "the nation needs an intervention."<p>This new report, titled <i>Teaching Hard History: American Slavery</i>, is meant to be that intervention: a resource …

Black History

Why Thomas Jefferson Owned a Qur’an

Two hundred and three years ago this month, President James Madison approved the act of Congress purchasing Thomas Jefferson’s private library. …

Religion

Bill Gates is surprisingly strict about his kids' tech use — and it should be a red flag for the rest of us

For all his success in designing world-changing technology, Bill Gates has set surprisingly strict rules for how his kids can use that technology, the billionaire philanthropist has said in multiple interviews.<p>"You're always looking at how it can be used in a great way — homework and staying in …

Be like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett: If you’re not spending 5 hours per week learning, you’re being irresponsible

“In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn’t read all the time — none. Zero.” <i>— Charlie Munger, Self-made billionaire & Warren Buffett’s longtime business partner</i><p>Why did the busiest person in the world, former president Barack Obama, read an hour a day …

Self-improvement

Want More Courage? Follow Elon Musk's 3 Rules Every Day | Inc.com

Throughout history we tend to remember bold thinkers. Try changing the world while being un-bold. Elon Musk revels in thinking big, from inventing the most exciting car company of the 21st century (Tesla) to making space travel a reality (SpaceX). At the last count, Musk has disrupted at least five …

Motivation

AASQ #24: If I’m already on a hybrid, what bike will be faster but still upright?

<i>We know, there’s no such thing as a stupid question. But there are definitely some questions too embarrassing to ask your local shop or riding</i> …

School district asks substitute teacher not to return after student assaulted him

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Jack McCulley taught in the Battle Creek Public Schools for 22 years. He continued to work as a substitute after he retired in 2008.<p>But after a Battle Creek Central High School student punched him out in October, he doesn't want to go back. And the district doesn't want him to …

Middle School

Introduction to the Book of Habakkuk

Come to Terms With Injustice in This Introduction to Habakkuk<p>The Old Testament book of Habakkuk, written 2,600 years ago, is yet another ancient …

The Story of Human Migration Out of Africa Just Got Rewritten

Some of our ancestors jumped the gun.<p>For anyone trying to trace the roots of the human family tree, it would have been very convenient if our …

How To Make Your Kids Smarter: 10 Steps Backed By Science

I’ve explored the science behind what makes kids happier, what type of parenting works best and what makes for joyful families.<p>But <b>what makes children</b> …

Parenting

War of 1812: Causes of Conflict

Trouble on the High Seas<p>A Young Nation in a Dangerous World<p>Having won its independence in 1783, the United States soon found itself a minor power …

What the Least Fun Founding Father Can Teach Us Now

James Madison, who wrote the first drafts of the U.S. Constitution, sponsored the Bill of Rights, and served as the fifth Secretary of State and the fourth President, was America’s least fun Founding Father. He was also the shortest, standing roughly eye-to-eye with George Washington’s collarbone, …

The forgotten Muslim heroes who fought for Britain in the trenches

A biting wind whips across the rolling countryside, cutting through the crowd gathered on a hillside overlooking Notre Dame de Lorette, France’s national war cemetery. Huddled amid what remains of the 440 miles of trenches that made up the western front, they shudder out of shock and surprise …

North Africa

Stop shooting silver bullets and learn to trust our teachers again

Auditing classroom performance is not actually possible and it makes no difference to pupils. Brave headteachers must say no<p>Teaching has always been a demanding job. Performing for five hours a day in front of a class is tiring, but add to that lesson preparation, marking, meetings and admin and …

Teaching

John Kelly gets Civil War history wrong

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Tuesday defended White House chief of staff John Kelly, after his praise of Robert E. Lee as an "honorable man" and comments that the Civil War began because of "the lack of an ability to compromise."<p>Kelly's comments, made during an …

War

John Kelly Claims Civil War Caused By Lack Of Compromise. History Shows Otherwise

During an interview Monday night on Fox News, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said that "the lack of the ability to compromise led to the Civil War."<p>His comment was swiftly countered by confounded observers, who pointed out that the Civil War was fought over slavery and that compromising on …

Black History

Compromise and the Civil War

I wanted to share a few thoughts about John Kelly’s remarks on compromise and the Civil War.<p>The first thing to say is that Kelly’s view was the …

At World Series, a racist taunt fuels a stunning episode of civility

HOUSTON — Shocking acts of civility, common sense, accountability and generosity have broken out at the World Series. Please, someone put a stop to this before it spreads.<p>On Saturday, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred suspended Yuli Gurriel of the Houston Astros without pay for five …

Baseball

The Struggle and Triumph of America's First Black Doctors - The Atlantic

Around 1906, a young boy in Atlanta was stricken with a condition that cut off the circulation in his legs. His family feared it was life-threatening.<p>His father, an African American minister named Briny Jordan, took him to the closest doctor he could find in the city. The doctor was white, so Briny …

Black History

Why Are We Still Assigning Homework? #IMMOOC

I went to a workshop recently and we got assigned “pre-work”, which is just another way to say homework for adults. Right before the workshop started …

Walter Isaacson Goes Inside the Most Creative Mind in History: Leonardo da Vinci

The award-winning author explains what drew him to Leonardo da Vinci, and what we can all learn from this self-made Renaissance man.<p>Midway through …

New Documentary Explores What It Means to Be a MAMIL

The film shows how "middle-aged men in Lycra" get into cycling, and why they would embrace the label<p>Whether you're a seasoned cyclist or you're new to the sport, there's a good chance you've come across MAMILs.<p>The term, short for "middle-aged men in Lycra," doesn't refer to career cyclists; rather, …

Malala Yousafzai's tweet about her first day of college will be your source of inspiration today

Malala Yousafzai has started her college career, five years to the day after she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman.<p>Yousafzai commemorated the …

Is America really free?

While the history of American culture has always been known for its freedom of speech and religion and the Hollywood cinema has always portrayed us …

Ty Seidule Takes on Lee and the Lost Cause

Many of you will remember the short video that West Point Professor of History Ty Seidule did on the cause of the Civil War. It went viral and …

American Civil War

Little Rock Nine: the day young students shattered racial segregation

Minnijean Brown Trickey didn’t intend to make a political statement when she set off with two friends for her first day in high school. She was, after all, only 15. “I mean, part of growing up in a segregated society is that it’s a little sort of enclave and you know everybody,” says Trickey, who …

Black History