Lessons from TED, TED-Ed. It’s a cornucopia of lessons.
VOCABULARY LESSONS here.
LESSON #1: PUBLIC v. PRIVATE OWNERSHIP
1. Tragedy of the Commons.
2. Anatomy of the State, Murray Rothbard, 1974.
3. The Trouble with Public Accommodations, Ryan McMaken, June 3, 2016.
4. Of Private, Common, and Public Property and the Rationale for Total Privatization, Hans Hermann-Hoppe.
“It’s for the Children!” and Other Progressive Shibboleths
1. Progressivism: A Primer on the Idea Destroying America, James Ostrowski, 2014. On the author, here is his Amazon bio:
James Ostrowski is a trial and appellate lawyer and author from Buffalo, New York. He graduated from St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in 1975 and obtained a degree in philosophy from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1980. He graduated from Brooklyn Law School in 1983. In law school, he was writing assistant to Dean David G. Trager, later a federal judge in the Eastern District of New York. He was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society and the International Law Moot Court Team. He served as vice-chairman of the law reform committee of the New York County Lawyers Association (1986-88) and wrote two widely quoted reports critical of the law enforcement approach to the drug problem. He was chair of the human rights committee, Erie County Bar Association (1997-1999). He has written a number of scholarly articles on the law on subjects ranging from drug policy to the commerce clause of the constitution. His articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Buffalo News, Cleveland Plain Dealer and Legislative Gazette. His policy studies have been published by the Hoover Institution, the Ludwig von Mises Institute, and the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. His articles have been used as course materials at numerous colleges including Brown, Rutgers, and Stanford. He is the author of Political Class Dismissed (2004), Government Schools Are Bad for Your Kids (2009) and Direct Citizen Action (2010). Presently, he is an adjunct scholar at the Ludwig von Mises Institute and a columnist for LewRockwell.com. He and his wife Amy live in North Buffalo with their two children, Anna, and Will. He is a long-time youth baseball and basketball coach.
How to Be a Better Teacher, Gary North, August 17, 2011.
1. “Christianity and Wealth,” Margaret Thatcher, May 21, 1988. Here is Dr. Gary North’s assessment of her speech.
2. “I Have a Dream,” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., August 28, 1963.
3. “Ich bin ein Berliner,” President John F. Kennedy, June 26, 1963.
4. President JFK’s Inaugural Speech, “Ask Not What Your Country Can Do for You; Ask What You Can Do for Your Country,” President John F. Kennedy, January 20, 1961. Find some school lessons for the speech here. And a video of the speech and inauguration here.
5. “Gettysburg Address,” Abraham Lincoln, November 19, 1963. What did his speech achieve? Here is Gary North’s interpretation of Lincoln’s address. How Lincoln forged a civil religion of American nationalism.
6. JFK’s Commencement Address at American University, June 10, 1963.
9. Larry Browne’s 1997 Hillsdale College’s Speech.
“Kennedy’s 6 Powerful Secrets of Rhetorical Persuasion,” thanks to John Forde and Gary North
What also made a big difference, according to Sorensen and many others, was that Kennedy and his writing team mastered six powerful secrets rhetorical persuasion–all six of which seem worthy of using in your sales copywriting, too.
Which six? Per the BBC, Kennedy’s secret sauce drew largely from the following list…
1.) The Power of Contrasts, as in Kennedy’s famous line, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”
2) The Power of Threes, especially in lists, like in the Kennedy line, “Where the strong are just, and the weak secure and the peace preserved.”
3) The double-punch you get by combining lists and contrasts together, as in the line, “Not because the communists are doing it, not because we seek their votes, but because it is right.”
4) The Apt Application of Alliteration, as you see (and hear) in a line like Kennedy’s, “Let us go forth to lead the land we love.”
5) The Pull of Powerful Imagery, like he gave us in the simple phrase, “The torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans.”
6) The Simple, Sensible Secret of Knowing Your Audience. Kennedy’s was the first inaugural speech delivered to a global audience, in real time. And he (and Sorensen) made sure everybody knew it, with no fewer than six lines that directly addressed allies and enemies overseas.
[9th Grade English Curriculum]
1. “American History,” Judith Ortiz Cofer, 1993.
2. “Two Kinds,” Amy Tan, 1989. Here is a deconstructive analysis of the story, where the author assigns antagonist roles to characters in the story as though they were bitter enemies, even hostile countries fighting a hot for national identity.
3. “Scarlet Ibis,” James Hurst, 1960.
4. Background on Capote’s “A Christmas Memory.”
5. The “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” is a poem written by Goethe but animated by Disney in 1940. The tale has relevance in any culture, at any time since the risk of bad ideas getting out of hand is a constant, perhaps universal theme. This theme is criticized here in Sorcerers, Apprentices, and Hobgoblins. And the particular idea that the author refers to is cultural Marxism.
6. “Marigolds,” the 1969 short story by Eugenia Collier, is another short story that is anthologized in high-school textbooks across the country. It’s the story about a 14-going-on-15-year-old girl growing up in rural Maryland. Though the story is written really well, I do not like the message. The message is supposed to be some sort of right-of-passage tale that requires a young girl to let out her hurt pride over her father’s economic position by destroying a neighbor woman’s garden, the marigolds in her front yard that she’d worked at so diligently to make beautiful. And in a fit of rage, Lizabeth comes tearing down in the middle of the night, in some asymmetric revenge, to decapitate all of Miss Lottie’s marigolds, evocative of what Jeremy Finch did in Chapter 11 of the 1960 novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, to Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose’s camellias.
1. My Antonia
1. Toggl is a good way to track the amount of time you spend on a project, like a stopwatch.
2. Google Calendar is indispensable for keeping track of activities as well prioritizing them.
3. Pomodoro Technique of time management. Its a method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. These intervals are named pomodoros, the plural in English of the Italian word pomodoro (tomato), after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that Cirillo used as a university student. The method is based on the idea that frequent breaks can improve mental agility.
11th GRADE CURRICULUM
1. Contrast 12 Angry Men, by Reginald Rose, with 12 Ordinary Men, by John MacArthur, 1979. For the religious motif in 12 Angry Men, in so far that it conjures the Last Supper and how the 12 apostles forsook Christ, is unmistakable.
1. The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien.
MOVIES THAT MIGHT INSPIRE
Something the Lord Made, 2004. The story is “about the black cardiac pioneer Vivien Thomas (1910–1985) and his complex and volatile partnership with white surgeon Alfred Blalock (1899–1964), the “Blue Baby doctor” who pioneered modern heart surgery.”
This version comes in 2 parts. I post this one because it’s clearer than the other, full-version that is posted on YouTube. Gary North gave a speech where he connected this story to the Michael Oher story covered in Michael Lewis’ 2007 book, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game. Here is Dr. North’s speech.
10. William Masey in the 2002 salesmanship tenacity movie, Door to Door. Check it out. It is excellent.
12. Pursuit of Happyness, Will Smith, 2006.
4. Other opinions on the subject.