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The greatest influence in my life

Was my high school history teacher. He created an interest and curiosity that still drives my search for knowledge. He taught me to question everything even the very material he was given to teach us from. Even though I was only required to take 2 years of history I took it all four years. Thank you for being one of these kind of teachers.

Worth a look, this gentleman was my high school history teacher, I hope you can do as well as he did:


If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

Very cool! Totally on the right track.

1. I know it's a work in progress, so I imagine you'll perform a careful text edit and so forth.

2. I'm a little confused about the moments where it says, "I used to think ______. Now I think ______."

(Are those instances connected with the notes / other materials the students have?)

3. Also, I'd consider nixing / replacing the music on the linked video section. The vid is STRONG! But the music is wack to the point of being distracting--especially to a 13 year-old audience, I'd hypothesize.

4. There's a lot going on in the vid, too, from an information standpoint, as well as with subtle and small graphic elements. Perhaps some sort of narration (and background mixed music, if no music at all [even better]) would help cinch that up?

Right on with this, though! Lovely! I can feel even in myself some of the good antidote effects of this neutralizing the social programming we endure these days, per the communo-fascist agenda.

What would the Founders do?

Thank you for the feedback

and for taking the time to click through the prezi.

1) You're correct, they are all works in progress. When a teacher starts a new curriculum, and avoids using textbooks, it is a ton of late nights and early mornings. My curriculum is only one year old and littered with typos and errors as I rushed them to the classroom. I'm catching them as I go and kicking myself for the lack of professionalism. I appreciate the keen eye of viewers pointing out the mistakes.

2) The 'I used to think now I think' is a great tool for making a students thinking visible to me. In this case it is a quick way to check for understanding. Typical responses in this lesson are:
"I used to think pursuit of happiness meant to have fun and eat ice cream. Now I think it means right to own property."
"I used to think my rights came from the government. Now I think my rights come from being human."
"I used to think people would all kill each other without a government. Now I think they would not because they have reason."
or less deep...
"I used to think Tyrannosaurus Rex was just a dinosaur name but not I think it means tyrant, like a mean King."
It also lets students reflect on their learning on their own without an authoritative teacher telling them what they learned. Often students share out what they learned and reinforce the lessons among their peers.

3-4) You're right about the video's distracting crazy flute solo. I turn it way down and read the the script on the video, pausing and giving students time to complete fill in the blank notes. I did not make the video. Here is the site it came from. It is based off the preface of Ken Schooland's "The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible." The video has been translated into dozens of languages. http://www.philosophyofliberty.blogspot.com/

Here is history lesson #1 Neo-Colonialism

Thanks again.

Right on!

Thanks for the added info. Good luck, and let us know how it all works out.

What would the Founders do?

This is great!

Wish you were my history teacher growing up. My mental and spiritual transformation would have happened long ago. Is there a history lesson #1?

Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety
-Benjamin Franklin