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July 19, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Ben Carson Suggests That Saul Alinsky & Clinton Are Devil Worshipers


Ben Carson gave a wild speech tonight at the Republican Convention connecting Saul Alinsky and Hillary Clinton to the devil.

You can read about it at Vox and in The NY Times at a short piece by Nicholas Kristof.

Republicans need to realize that Alinsky DIED FIFTY YEARS AGO. Regular readers may remember that I’m a nineteen-year veteran of the organization he began — that’s what I did prior to becoming a teacher thirteen years ago.

You might want to explore one of my previous posts, The Best Sites To Learn About Saul Alinsky, to learn his real story.

Coincidentally, KQED’s Mindshift is running a series called Books Teachers Share, and they interviewed me about one of Alinsky’s books. It should appear pretty soon….

July 19, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Compare Facebook “Likes” By Trump & Clinton Supporters

What You Like Falls on Party Lines: Facebook ‘likes’ illustrate the personal differences between Republicans and Democrats is a new Wall Street Journal interactive comparing “likes” in a number of areas by political affiliation. You can compare favored music, actors, musicians, television shows, etc.

It’s pretty interesting, though I suspect you won’t fine many surprises.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites To Learn About The 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections.

Thanks to Dan Pink for tweeting about it!

July 18, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

NEW TED-Ed Video & Lesson: “How did Hitler rise to power?”

TED-Ed has just released a lesson and video on How did Hitler rise to power?

Based on the timing of its release, I wonder if they are making a statement on certain events taking place this week?

I’m adding this video to The Rise of Dictators section on my World History class blog.

July 16, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Physical & Psychological Impacts Of Racism

Clint Smith has written an important and heavily annotated article in The New Yorker headlined Racism, Stress and Black Death.

Here’s an excerpt:


I’m adding it to:

The Best Resources For Learning About Teens & Stress

A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More

The Best Resources Showing Social Emotional Learning Isn’t Enough

July 16, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

“The World If” Is A Useful Feature From The Economist


I’ve written a lot about “What If?” projects I have both my ELL history and IB Theory of Knowledge students do (see The Best Resources For Teaching “What If?” History Lessons).

The Economist does a similar, but different, annual feature called “The World If.” In their series of articles, they try to project potential future scenarios — for example, if Donald Trump was president.

You can see their articles for this year and from 2015 here.

Doing something like could be a useful exercise in critical thinking, though I don’t think it teaches the same aspects of “thinking like a historian” that looking to the past might…

What do you think?

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