Lessons

Lessons from TED, TED-Ed.  It’s a cornucopia of lessons.

Free Courses from MIT.

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.
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10 Common Objections to Capitalism, Henry Hazlitt.

“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.

The real American enemy: Progressivism.
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How to Be a Better Teacher, Gary North, August 17, 2011.

[9th Grade English Curriculum]

SHORT STORIES
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.    
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NOVELS
1. My Antonia
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English Literature to 1499

TIME-MANAGEMENT TOOLS
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.
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11th GRADE CURRICULUM

DRAMA
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.
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NOVELS
1.  The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien.
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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 GameHere is Dr. North’s speech.

10. William Masey in the 2002 salesmanship tenacity movie, Door to Door. Check it out. It is excellent.

11. And though this is not a specific entrepreneur movie, it is a great story, a great love story, called The Answer Man (2009), starring Jeff Daniels, co-starring Lauren Graham.

12. Pursuit of Happyness, Will Smith, 2006.

2.  Door to Door, William Masey, 2002.
3.  Flash of Genius, Greg Kinnear, 2008.

4.  Other opinions on the subject.

SELL LESSONS TO TEACHERS
1.  Share My Lesson.
2.  Teachers Pay Teachers.
3.  Sell courses that you’ve created.
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