Monthly Archives: January 2009

The American Music Resource

The American Music Resource (AMR) provides a multi-dimensional source of reference information about all styles of music indigenous to the Western Hemisphere. It is intended to serve efficiently and quickly: text-only. The collection houses over 800 bibliographies, lists and files, and is indexed below by topic (genre and style subdivisions) and subject (individuals – mostly composers). Some listings also include links to selected Internet resources, as does the netography.

The American Music Resource

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Lord of the Flies

Nobelprize.org presents:

Lord of the Flies

William Golding’s first novel, “Lord of the Flies,” 1954, rapidly became a world success and has remained so. It has reached tens of millions of readers. If you are one of them, you may challenge your memory with this game. If you haven’t read the book, read it and come back! It’s a very entertaining and exciting book about a group of young boys who are isolated on a desert island.

Lord of the Flies

Child Abuse does not = homeschooling

Have you  seen the recent headlines from the UK, Children’s Minister: Home education ‘may be cover for abuse’ and some of the responses such as Parents object to plans for home school probe and this one at Dare to Know?

We’ve seen these types of headlines lead to calls for more  accountability measures for home educators in the US as well.  However, in almost every abuse case that I have read about, there were usually prior complaints.  Additionally,  the common factor was not the  educational choice, but the mentally ill or criminally insane individual(s) who could unfathomably harm an innocent child and the backlog  of work facing child protective services.

Such media reports that single out homeschoolers  always prompt  me to ask, what about the abuse that happens in schools?  Unfortunately criminal and insane behavior is no respecter of persons and indeed it does cross all areas of society and educational choices.  Recently, a very popular band leader at my town’s high-school  was found to have had developed an inappropriate relationship with a student.  He had been here for several years and had really helped the band program become something the students and community are proud of.  Being well liked,  the news came as a shock, but that does not make it any easier on the young woman or her family.   And yes it has been reported that he had prior complaints at a previous school.    Should this lead the authorities to create new “band leader”  laws to prevent another band leader from abusing a student?   As foolish as that sounds, it is a perfect example of what happens when hard cases are used to create bad laws.

No sane individual ever likes to hear of a child being abused, but the continued effort by some to connect it with certain educational choice adds unnecessary  confusion  since the choice irrelevant.  Instead of imposing new laws on the innocent, investigators should follow complaints, enforce present laws and do all they can to assure that children who may be in questionable circumstances know how to  get out of them.

Certainly  the media’s words sting, but it  is the legislators’ intent and pens we must watch for to make sure that bad laws do not develop from hard cases.     The UK headline is yet another  example of  why homeschoolers must be continually vigilant.

Herblock’s History

Herblock’s History: Political Cartoons from the Crash to the Millenium introduction:

From the stock market crash in 1929 through the new millennium beginning in the year 2000, editorial cartoonist Herb Block has chronicled the nation’s political history, caricaturing twelve American presidents from Herbert Hoover to Bill Clinton. He has received three Pulitzer Prizes for editorial cartooning (1942, 1954, and 1979) and a fourth with Washington Post colleagues for public service during the Watergate investigation (1973). He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 1994 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2000, the Library of Congress named him a “Living Legend” in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the nation. Numerous honorary degrees from institutions nationwide, most recently a 1999 Doctor of Arts from Harvard University, suggest academia has forgiven him for leaving college early to pursue a career as an editorial cartoonist. And well it should, for no cartoonist or commentator in America has done more to educate and inform the public during the past seven decades than Herb Block.

Explore the man and history via his cartoons.

Herblock’s History