Boy Scouts honor Gerald Ford (from archives)

April 13, 2009

I found this photo on the archived White House website; a marvelous shot of more than 120 Boy Scouts in the National Cathedral during the state funeral of President Gerald Ford.  Ford requested that Eagle Scouts turn out to pay their respects and support him in his final journey; at every stage of his funeral journey, Eagle Scouts saluted Ford, himself an Eagle Scout and the first to serve as president.

Caption from the White House website (now archived):   Boy Scouts attending the State Funeral service for former President Gerald R. Ford at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., salute his casket as it leaves the cathedral, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007. White House photo by David Bohrer.  Photo in the public domain

Caption from the White House website (now archived): Boy Scouts attending the State Funeral service for former President Gerald R. Ford at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., salute his casket as it leaves the cathedral, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007. White House photo by David Bohrer. Photo in the public domain


Social studies on the ‘net

April 13, 2009

A note from one of our school’s librarians:

Here are some web sites for Social Studies teachers:

Center for History and New Media – http://chnm.gmu.edu

Cyberschoolbus: United Nations – http://www.cyberschoolbus.un.org – international issues and the United Nations

Digital History – http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu – US History

Famous Trials – http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/ftrials.htm

History/Social Studies for K-12 Teachers – http://home.comcast.net/~dboals1/boals.html – links to SS issues

Humanities-Interactive – http://www.humanities-interactive.org/a_base_UD.html

HyperHistory Online – http://www.hyperhistory.com/online_n2/History_n2/a.html – world history

iEARN – http://www.iearn.org – online projects

Internet History Sourcebooks Project – http://www.fordham.edu/halsall – ancient, medieval history, modern history

The Learning Page…Especially for Teachers – http://lcweb2.loc.gov/learn

National Geographic Education Guide – http://www.nationalgeographic.com/education

Newsweek Education Program – http://www.newsweekeducation.com

SCORE: History/Social Science – http://score.rims.k12.ca.us

Special Projects: Understanding World Events – http://www.esrnational.org/sp/we/world.htm

Gee, didn’t I note most of those sites?  If I did, it wasn’t recently enough.  A good reminder (my AP government students used the UMKC site for their projects on the Scopes Trial last month).  Check out each of those sites and let us know which ones you find particularly valuable.


Closing schools in Sacramento

April 13, 2009

If you thought for a moment that public schools are not engrained in the psyche and culture of the nation, take a look at the fight in Sacramento, California, over proposed closings of a few schools.  From the Sacramento Bee.

Even when schools fail, they can form the heart of a community.


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