Nov 21, 2016
A few years back, I brought to your attention the attempt made by some brave, yet ill-prepared Scots to establish a Scottish colony in what is now Panama. Another nation that doesn't get talked about when it comes to colonization is Germany. At least, not until the end of the 19th Century when Germany gets the rest of Europe's  Read More. . .
Nov 7, 2016
I've never been a fan of the French Revolution. It was a violent, bloody affair responsible for a great deal of the socio-political problems of the past two hundred years. Worse yet, it's often misrepresented as a great step for 'Liberty, Equality, & Fraternity.' That being said, there were some nifty parts of the Revolutionary  Read More. . .
Oct 31, 2016
Back in the beginning of the month, I began talking about a document I reviewed in one of my Professional Developments last spring 'Select Excerpts from the notice of Proposed Requirements – Race to the Top Provisions Related to Principals and School Leaders.' At one point I said: . . . I'm still formulating ideas about  Read More. . .
Oct 24, 2016
Even more than micronationalism, I love the Solid Grease era of the 1950s and Early 1960s. Poodle Skirts and Doo-Wop. Ike and the Brooklyn Dodgers. And of course, a fanatical* infatuation with atomic weapons. Following the armistice in Korea in 1953, the United States and NATO were concerned by the potential for Soviet and  Read More. . .
Oct 17, 2016
What is our purpose as Educators? Is Education a Common Good or a Consumer Good? Or is it something else altogether? This was one of the theses that emerged from one of the Professional Development course on the History of American Education I participated in last Spring. Should everyone receive an Education? Or should  Read More. . .
Oct 10, 2016
Note: This article originally was posted on 12 October 2015. It's been updated for this year and has a postscript with thoughts I've had after some debates from last Columbus Day. Today is Columbus Day, and here at Two-Fisted History, we happily celebrate it! We happily celebrate it, but it makes us wary for one particular  Read More. . .
Oct 3, 2016
Last Semester, one of our in-class readings was 'Select Excerpts from the notice of Proposed Requirements – Race to the Top Provisions Related to Principals and School Leaders' compiled by the National Association of Elementary School Principals. It was simultaneously enlightening and frightening, and became heavily annotated in  Read More. . .
Sep 26, 2016
The history of China is pretty rad. For starters, China is the longest continually running civilization – going back to at /least/ 2100 BC. China has tons of great stories to tell. Even at the end of the 19th century, China was still an Imperial Monarchy. In 1875, during the Qing/Manchu Dynasty, a woman named Qiu Jin was born  Read More. . .
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