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Robert Burns'... instinctive consideration of men as men came from an ancestry which still cared more for religion than education. The moment men begin to care more for education than for religion they begin to care more for ambition than for education. It is no longer a world in which the souls of all are equal before heaven, but a world in which the mind of each is bent on achieving unequal advantage over the other. There begins to be a mere vanity in being educated...  Education ought to be a searchilight given to a man to explore everything, but very specially the things most distant from himself. Education tends to be a spotlight; which is centred entirely on himself...  The only final cure is to turn off the limelight and let him realize the stars.   G. K. Chesterton 

Where the control of education is taken out of the hands of the family and the community, and schooling gets further and further away from the people who have a direct stake in it, the quality suffers.  It is that which accounts in the largest part, for the deplorable state of American education today.  Yes, the government now controls education...but is it worth controlling?  Human Scale, Kilpatrick Sale

The social and psychological destruction inherent in obligatory schooling is merely an illustration of the destruction implicit in all international institutions which now dictate the kinds of goods, services, and welfare available to satisfy basic human needs. Only a cultural and institutional revolution which reestablishes man's control over his environment can arrest the violence by which development of institutions is now imposed by a few for their own interest. Maybe Marx has said it better, criticizing Ricardo and his school:  "They want production to be limited to 'useful things,' but they forget that the production of too many useful things results in too many useless people.''
                                                                Ivan Illich, "Celebration of Awareness," 1971
More on Illich:
Illich texts (unabridged) on the web   www.preservenet.com/theory/Illich.html
Deschooling Society (Entire text)   http://www.ecotopia.com/webpress/deschooling.htm
The coming peril is the intellectual, educational, psychological and artistic overproduction, which, equally with economic overproduction, threatens the wellbeing of contemporary civilisation. People are inundated, blinded, deafened, and mentally paralysed by a flood of vulgar and tasteless externals, leaving them no time for leisure, thought, or creation from within themselves.   G. K. Chesterton  Toronto, 1930    ( Chesterton works on-line )

Aymará Indian women from Peruvian highland villages near Juli gather once a week to talk and work.  They have formed an artisans' association that enables them to increase their earnings by directly marketing their own products.  Two women sit side by side embroidering a large wall hanging.  Others spin thread and work on smaller projects.  The same cooperative spirit that fills the air as they work prevails at lunch.  Each woman takes out a cloth filled with something she brought for the noon meal and places her contribution on a large colorful cloth known as an aguayo.  Then the women seat themselves on the ground in a circle around the cloth and share the food: chunno (freeze dried potatoes), puffed corn, and patties made from quinoa, a high-protein grain.  The women discuss events in their villages as they eat.  Not long ago a food aid program offering milk powder, flour, and oil began in their region.  Some women have stopped coming to the cooperative gatherings so they can attend the day-long meetings that are required to receive the food aid.  The women gathered around the aguayo spread with traditional foods lament the absence of these women and quickly agree they do not want these new foods.  "We're happy with the food we and our ancestors have always eaten," comments one.  "We do not want aid," concludes another.  "All we want are markets in which to sell our embroidery so we can keep growing our own food." 
Linda Shelly, La Esperanza, Honduras.
Extending the Table... A World Community Cookbook by Joetta Handrich Schlabach
See: Ladakh: A Study in Globalization

We were keeping our eye on 1984. When the year came and the prophecy didn't, thoughtful Americans sang softly in praise of themselves. The roots of liberal democracy had held... But we had forgotten that alongside Orwell's dark vision, there was another, slightly older, slightly less well known, equally chilling: Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World".... Orwell warns that we will be overcome by an externally opposed oppression. But in Huxley's vision no Big Brother is required... As he saw it people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think. What Orwell feared is those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book for there would be no one who wanted to read one... Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with the equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy... In 1984 Huxley added people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us. 
Neil Postman, "Amusing Ourselves to Death"

What's wrong with education cannot be fixed with technology. Lincoln did not have a Web site at the log cabin where his parents home-schooled him.  Steve Jobs, Founder, Apple Computer

In our dreams, people yield themselves with perfect docility to our molding hands.  The present eduction conventions of intellectual and character education fade from their minds, and, unhampered by tradition, we work our own good will upon a grateful and responsive folk.  We shall not try to make these people, or any of their children, into philosophers or men of science.  We have not to raise up from them authors, educators, poets or men of letters.  We shall not search for great artists, painters, musicians nor lawyers, doctors, preachers, politicians, statesmen -- of whom we have an ample supply. The task is simple.  We will organize children and teach them in a perfect way the things their fathers and mothers are doing in an imperfect way.
General Education Board, Organized by John D. Rockefeller, 1906

The tracks of what 20th century forced schooling was meant to be are right on the surface, right under our noses.  But we avoid seeing what's there in the hopes it will go away.  The state is busy organizing your children and linking them inextricably to the current economy, just as if the way we live together in society today is the end of history and the best we can do. It wasn't greed that drove this astonishing project to organize everybody and everything, but another of the deadly sins, pride.
    It was a dream of political and economic unification of the globe under rational scientific management just as if THAT could account for everything of worth.  The presumptive planetary managers didn't hate ordinary people, but they did consider them waste products....                                                                     John Taylor Gatto

Everyone is complicit in trying to make the education system look good without merit... This country is so content not to know the truth about its children, it's horrifying. 
            Lisa Graham Keegan, Superintendent of Public Instruction, State of Arizona

I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education. They seem to me to be built upon the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think. Whereas if the child is left to himself, he will think more and better, if less "showily." Let him come and go freely, let him touch real things and combine his impressions for himself... Teaching fills the mind with artificial associations that must be got rid of before the child can develop independent ideas out of actual experiences.  Anne Sullivan  (Helen Keller's teacher)

School has become the planned process which tools man for a planned world, the principal tool to trap man in man's trap. It is supposed to shape each man to an adequate level for playing a part in this world game. Inexorably we cultivate, treat, produce and school the world out of existence.   Jacques Ellul

It should be pointed out that if we tried to build education on the single pattern of "the scientific idea of man" and carry it out accordingly, we could only do so by distorting or warping this idea: for we should have to ask what is the nature and destiny of man, and we should be pressing the only idea at our disposal, that is the scientific one, for an answer to our question. Then we would try, contrary to its type, to draw from it a kind of metaphysics. From the logical point of view, we would have a spurious metaphysics disguised as science and yet deprived of any really philosophical insight; and from the practical point of view, we would have a denial or misconception of those very realities and values without which education loses all human sense or becomes the training of an animal for the utility of the state.   Jacques Maritain

I have come to believe that compulsory government schooling  -- while pretending to protect children from child labor  -- IS child labor. Einstein observed that "imagination is more important than knowledge." Similarly, contemplation is more important than achievement. Without contemplation, achievement is mostly busy work -- useful, but ultimately depersonalizing. By keeping young people "on task," compulsory government schooling salts the ground of contemplation, insuring that critical questions concerning context, meaning and matrix are never asked. The task confronting post-modernists is not so much what we need to do, but what we need to undo.   Alan Archibald

More Education Quotations

                     The State of Public Instruction

The richness of liberal education has been replaced by the task-orientation of technical instruction. Intellectual rigor is under seige. Not infrequently, college graduates -- and post-graduates -- emerge from the ivory tower functionally illiterate. Wisdom traditions are moribund. Tunnel vision is rewarded. We know a great deal about minutiae, but are stuporous facing life in-the-round.

Academicians and other intellectuals assume the intrinsic primacy of intellect. Enthralled by cerebral self-certainty, we have devised a "meritocracy" based on certificates, degrees and credentials. Tragically, our many "merit badges" undergird a new caste system that prioritizes cleverness and intellect regardless their actual benefit to the human condition.

The "head" usurps the "heart."

Knowledge pre-empts wisdom.

Cleverness stifles spirit.

Experts and technocrats comprise the new ruling class, as cruel as any of their predecessors no matter how carefully they limit wounds to bloodless trauma and "closed head injury."

To paraphrase Wilde, we have become cynics who know the price of everything and the value of nothing.

Committed to "the illusion of technique," our institutions embark the senescence that Toynbee described as the end-state of any "cultural life cycle."

The breach between University Departments of Education and the public schools they "serve" is measured in parsecs.

Unless we re-establish the fundaments of liberal education - simultaneously deflating the arrogance of technique - the dehumanizing power of free-market globalization will accelerate the experiment whereby machines are anthropomorphized and people mechanized.

A Faustian bargain has been struck. Mephistopheles has the upper hand.

Philosophical utilitarianism is the cornerstone of industrial - and post-industrial - culture. Our blinkered obsession with utility has become self-destructive. The critical issue is no longer "how" to do things. Rather, we must determine "what" to do --- perhaps even more importantly, what to un-do.

In Buddhist terms, "what does the Dharma require?" 

Mere cleverness exercised within the confines of utilitarianism supposes that "content" trumps "context." Acculturated to ignore the largely subliminal matrix that enmeshes us, we focus obsessively on near-term minutiae, fixate punctiliously on the task-in-hand, grow irascible at the suggestion we're trapped in a meaningless "box," and dedicate ourselves --- with wanton attachment --- to productivity, consumption, cultural acceleration and putative progress.

Utilitarianism - and the industrial engine it has produced - rightly claim unprecedented "success."

What we need now is an argument against "success."

We have created an instructional system ultimately dedicated to custodial care. Supporters of Public Instruction admire the many "accomplishments" of schooling, blind to the possibility that such "success" is achieved despite the obstacles created by Public Instruction.

Public Instruction's obsessive focus on "success" -- like other facets of our winner-take-all culture -- tends to "write off" anyone viewed as a "loser."

Clearly, school personnel are "good people." Hence, the urgent need to salve
the collective conscience with a steady stream of "service providers" whose most dependable product is pidgeon-holing "problem children" as "Problem Children."

Too often, school officials -- particularly Central Office and Support Service personnel -- benefit from the unresolvable chaos of Public Instruction. Mayor Richard Dailey's Freudian slip during the 1968 Democratic Convention reveals the mechanism that's foundational to professional profiteering: "The police are not here to create chaos: they're here to preserve it."

It surpasses irony that at the very moment children most need parental embrace, "absentee parenting" has become as common in suburbs as in ghettos.

The devolution of parental responsibility to "the schools" is due to the "need"
--- real or perceived --- for both parents to "hold down jobs." Abetted by Public Instruction's willingness to act in loco parentis, parents lack time, resource - and increasingly, the commitment - to raise their own children.

Pre- and post-school activites lengthen.

The cycle is vicious. Our children are becoming wards of the State, while the State acts as co-dependently dysfunctional parent.

We have created a culture that requires a small fortune (and, by extension, massive environmental degradation) to purchase a semblance of domestic tranquility. Lacking wealth, the "moonlight" treadmill yawns as universal default.

It is my hope that "the family" - particularly the extended family - will remain the chief font of value and meaning. Whether this proves true, "intervention" in family life is a dubious proposition often provoking consequences worse than the evil being "remedied."

Although dis-integrated "family culture" poses intractable problems, direct intervention in the home (except in extremis) is proscribed by law and custom.

Fortunately, our inability to intervene on the domestic front facilitates focused attention to acculturative mechanisms and educational processes which do lend themselves to reform.

Unfortunately, the ferocious determination of American political activists to maintain the hierarchical stratification, abject obedience and comprehensive indoctrination of government franchise schools correlates with the progressive abandonment of our young to the ministrations of mercenaries and "experts." (As ombudsman for North Carolina migrant workers, I observe Latinos' astonishment that Americans no longer raise their own children, instead relinquishing this sacred duty to paid "caregivers" and peer-group idols.)

The mechanisms of stupefaction which beset American culture are insidious, ubiquitous and relentless. Tragically, our conditioning is so complete that  we welcome abdication of personal responsibility to "experts," wonks and technocrats who "know better" than the population they've diligently disabled.

American public schooling -- in concert with celebrity/media culture -- skillfully transforms conscientious citizens into self-seeking consumers. The magnificence of individual "pleasure domes" is without precedent. These emblems of  personal "success" sustain a culture characterized by private opulence and public squalor.

We know what we want but ignore what we need.

We pride ourselves on "progress," an unprincipled drift into increasingly fatuous futures.

As we reap the whirlwind of wantonness, our political atrophy is advanced, our stupefaction profound, our subjugation to "mere economics" nearly complete.

We have created a culture of sodden materialism, based on the seductive belief that we can live by "bread alone."

"Lies My Teacher Taught Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong"
by James Loewen, Harvard University. Read Loewen's study of the relationship between "dovishness/hawkishness" and "educational achievement level" and you will see the world differently forevermore.  www.Loewen.homestead.com
You have been told that Real Life is not like college, and you have been correctly informed. Real Life is more like high school.
  Commencement address by Meryl Streep  
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Those who don't remember history are condemned to repeat the 11th grade.                       James Loewen
It is the great triumph of compulsory government monopoly mass-schooling that among even the best of my fellow teachers, and among even the best of my students' parents, only a small number can imagine a different way to do things.
   John Taylor Gatto
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To be thoroughly modern is to confine oneself to an ultimate narrowness.
   G. K. Chesterton     

The bread which you do not use is the bread of the hungry.

The garment hanging in your wardrobe is the garment of the one who is naked.

The shoes that you do not wear are the shoes of one who is barefoot.

The money you keep locked away is the money of the poor.

The acts of charity you do not perform are so many injustices you commit.

St. Basil the Great
Cappadocia, Turkey
(Founder of The Basilian Order of Priests  --- my educators.)

To be merely modern is to condemn oneself to an ultimate narrowness.
      G. K. Chesterton

"Lies My Teachers Taught Me: Everything Your American History Text Got Wrong."
        James Loewen     www.Loewen.homestead.com
...information has become a form of garbage, and ourselves garbage collectors.
           Neil Postman

People have the habit of passionately taking sides when it's too late for anything but fate to operate. They're pushing a vehicle that's already rolling downhill...
     Jacques Ellul

Yet it is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.   
    J. R. R. Tolkien

Sometimes I think war is God's way of teaching us geography.              Paul Rodriguez
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Books On-Line
Mags On-Line
Old men ought to be explorers.
T. S. Eliot
Educational Theorists

Ivan Illich

Illich: an Overview - http://www.infed.org/thinkers/et-illic.htm
Illich: Great Compendium - http://www.davidtinapple.com/illich/
So Radical He Makes Noam Chomsky Look Like a Republican - http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?IvanIllich
Illich texts (unabridged) on the web: www.preservenet.com/theory/Illich.html
Deschooling Society (Entire text): http://www.ecotopia.com/webpress/deschooling.htm
Jerry Brown interviews Illich (See Archives):   www.wtp.org
Jerry Brown interviews Illich:  www.wtp.org/archives/pages/ivan_illich_jerry.html
Remembering Ivan Illich - (Whole Earth Review) - http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1510/is_n81/ai_14656486
Ivan Illich - Wikipedia entry - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_Illich
Illich: Vida y Obra - http://www.ivanillich.org/frame511024.html
Memory Palace: Vernacular Culture in a Digital Age (Audio interviews with Illich, others) http://sunsite.queensu.ca/memorypalace/
Tools for Conviviality (Entire text)   http://www.oikos.org/ecology/illich.htm 
Carlos Carreto's Letters from the Desert (with forward by Illich)

John Taylor Gatto

Anthology of Gatto writings:  http://netwiz.net/~preserve/theory/Gatto.html

G. K. Chesterton

G.K.Chesterton - Wikipedia entry - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G._K._Chesterton
The Chesterton Society  www.chesterton.org
G.K.Chesterton  http://www.cse.dmu.ac.uk/~mward/gkc/
G.K. Chesterton "The Colossal Genius"  http://ic.net/~erasmus/RAZ27.HTM

Neil Postman 

Postman Links   http://bradley.bradley.edu/%7Eell/Postmanlinks.html
Technopoly Links    http://www.stemnet.nf.ca/~elmurphy/emurphy/technop.html
Interview Postman  http://www.pbs.org/newshour/forum/january96/postman_1-17.html
Review: "The End of Education"   http://www.cdli.ca/~elmurphy/emurphy/postman.html
Science and the Story we Need  http://www.firstthings.com/ftissues/ft9701/postman.html
Deus Machina   http://www.technos.net/tq_01/4postman.htm


Americans believe that technology has no intrinsic moral orientation.  According to American orthodoxy, morality depends solely on a given technology's application. Although this "neutrality" may be true in theory, many techologies lend themselves to such massive practical abuse that we fool ourselves by arguing their "value neutrality." In our headlong rush "to be value-free," Mario Cuomo says "we have become value-less." Television dwells at the heart of American vapidity. Television is the foremost means by which we transform ourselves into Eliot's "hollow men." As dramatist, David Mamet, put it: "We gotta throw our televisions away. It's all trash. It's like talking about how cocaine might have some vitamins."                        (See Gerry Mander's "Four Arguments Against Television.") 

It was the freewheeling seventies, and our family had chosen to live without a television. People began talking about our new "lifestyle." Funny --- I thought of it as a life, rich in friends and careers, brimming with garden-grown food and home-baked bread and the sounds of singing around the piano. The ultimate accusation came from our pastor's wife, who said, "How dare you try to protect your children from reality?" 
Kathleen Wendland, Sun Magazine

The news of the day is a figment of our technological imagination.... Without a medium to create its form, the news of the day does not exist.... We are now a culture whose information, ideas and epistemology, are given form by television, not by the printed word.... Americans are the best entertained and quite likely the least well-informed people in the Western world.                                                                             Neil Postman, "Amusing Ourselves to Death"

The Merchants of Cool (A PBS report detailing the ways in which moneyed interests manipulate the consciousness of young people.) http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/cool/

Bread and Circuses  Alan Archibald

Great Media Analysis (by New Zealand Marists):  http://www.faithcentral.net.nz/inclass/media.htm

The Plug-In Drug by Marie Winn: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0140076980/102-7681252-5608923

Television and Cultivation Theory http://www.ripon.edu/faculty/petersikt/Media_stuff/CultTh.html

Assisted by TV-news correspondent, Steve Powers, Neil Postman has written a book entitled "How to Watch TV News." (Penquin Books)  Notably, Canada requires students to take a course in "Media Manipulation" to graduate High School. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0140132317/qid=1069437802/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/002-6453741-9104051?v=glance&s=books

Television: The Cyclops that Eats Books

Essays on the Philosophy of Technology

Television: Agent of Truth Decay

Educational Philosophy

The Neo-Luddites by Kirkpatrick Sale http://greenfield.fortunecity.com/crawdad/213/neolud.html

The Merchants of Cool (A PBS investigation of how mercenary interests manipulate and degrade the mind and spirit of young people.) http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/cool/

Strangers in the House (a Canadian Film Board investigation of television's impact) 

Ivan Illich - Author of De-Schooling Society.  Books on-line and more:  http://alanarchibald.homestead.com/Page2.html

Bread and Circuses    Alan Archibald

The Informal Education Homepage. (A great website, providing insight into "schooling" alternatives --- from Nyerere and Montessori through Marx and Illich, as well as what's going on in your neighborhood today. English, Scottish and Irish origin.) http://www.infed.org/index.htm

Education in the 20th Century: Historical Moments - (A fine historical review by a U. of Toronto scholar) http://fcis.oise.utoronto.ca/~daniel_schugurensky/assignment1/index.html

Homeschooling (by NPR) http://www.npr.org/programs/atc/features/2001/feb/010226.cfoa.html

Homeschooling- Unschooling - http://suite101.com/links.cfm/homeschool

NPR recommended homeschooling links:  http://www.npr.org/programs/atc/features/2001/feb/010226.cfoa.links.html

Spartacus Educational - a superb British site that's particularly strong in history www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk

Homeschooling Sites - http://www.anobadiah.com/links1.htm

The Computer Delusion, Todd Oppenheimer  http://www.tnellen.com/ted/tc/computer.htm

The Digital Divide (PBS)   http://www.pbs.org/digitaldivide/

Television: The Cyclops that Eats Books http://www.cambridgestudycenter.com/articles/LarryWoiwode.htm

John Dewey Project on Progressive Education, Univ. Vermont

A Nation at Risk (Federally sponsored probe of America's public school system) http://www.ed.gov/pubs/NatAtRisk/index.html

International Test Scores (and their implications for American Public Instruction)   http://4brevard.com/choice/international-test-scores.htm

Benefits and Hazards of Distance Learning 

For Better or Worse - The Marriage of Web and Classroom   http://www2.tltc.ttu.edu/kelly/AHA.htm

"Moths to the Flame: The Seduction of Computer Technology"  www.obs-us.com/obs/english/book

"The Man Who Counts the Killings" (An Atlantic Magazine article which argues that the world view propagated by television is essentially fascistic) www.theatlantic.com/issues/97may/gerbner.htm

Great Media Analysis: http://www.faithcentral.net.nz/inclass/media.htm

Search Engines

Ixquick  Metasearch Engine "The World's Most Powerful Metasearch Engine"   http://ixquick.com

Ten Good Search Engines:

1.)  HotBot offers clear, crisp interface. Allows user to view up to 100 hits on a single screen saving lots of annoying re-load time. www.hotbot.com
2.)  Dogpile  http://www.dogpile.com/
3.)  Snap (Search Engine with good "news stories from around the web" and fine links to on-line news sources.)   http://www.snap.com/
4.)  Yahoo!  Search engine with good global sub-sections. Hits evaluated by people, not machines. Google is Yahoo's default search engine.  http://www.yahoo.com/  
5.)  Lycos   http://www.lycos.com/ (Lycos provides a Spanish language search engine covering the U.S.)
       6.)  Mining Company, home of "About.com"  www.miningco.com
    About.com Religion & Spirituality            http://home.about.com/religion/index.htm?PM=59_0239_T
          About.com Science  http://home.about.com/science/index.htm
          About.com Culture, History, Language  http://home.about.com/culture/index.htm?PM=59_0216_T
          About.com Health http://home.about.com/health/index.htm?PM=59_0208_T
       7.) All the Web. The web's fastest search engine.  www.alltheweb.com
8.) Alta Vista: www.AltaVista.com

Blue Angels - list of meta-search engines. http://www.blueangels.net/metalist.html

Central depository of search engines and search tools, conveniently arranged for easy usability and multiple inquiries: http://www.buttecounty.com/search.htm 

Answer.com (brings simple-dimple net searches directly to the page you're on by "Alt-clicking" any word whose meaning you wish to explore in greater depth.) www.answers.com

"News" Search Engine   http://www.pandia.com/news/index.html

KidsClick!  http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/KidsClick!/ (Compiled, maintained and prescreened by dedicated librarians, a site to be trusted.)

Ask Jeeves for Kids: http://www.ajkids.com

Snopes - THE SITE to separate truth from urban legend and other cyber-myths

Visual Search Engine (seeks out web-based images)  http://www.ditto.com/

Library Access (and other Reference)

Reference Desk - best web access to facts: www.refdesk.com

Academic Info Portal   http://www.academicinfo.net/

Digital Library, a librarian's choice of the best of the web:

Internet Public Library: Teen Division (New York Public Library): http://www.ipl.org/div/teen/

Librarians' Index to the Internet, "By Librarians; For Everyone!" (U. of California)  http://lii.org

Library Spot (Large, well-arranged, easy-to-use site for all manner of intellectual inquiry. Strongest on humanities. Good "Science Projects" page)    www.libraryspot.com

InFoPeople "Your best internet connection is your librarian"    http://www.infopeople.org/

Radical librarian sites:

Xrefer (Good, comprehensive reference tool. One feature locates quotations by providing fragments thereof)   http://www.xrefer.com/

Fact Monster (A good reference tool for young learners) http://www.factmonster.com/

Books, Essays and Magazines on-line

Electronic Literature Directory (Vast access)  http://directory.eliterature.org/

Library of Congress   http://www.loc.gov/

U. of Toronto Library Resources: http://www.library.utoronto.ca/resources/index.html

University of Michigan Library   http://mel.lib.mi.us/main-index.html

University of Michigan Reference Desk   http://mel.lib.mi.us/reference/REF-index.html

New York Public Library (See "Exhibitions  On-line"): www.nypl.org

Britannica (arguably the best on-line dictionary with great search tools that display results in user-friendly fashion)   http://www.britannica.com/

Ibiblio "Collection of Collections" (literary and musical)  UNC-CH   http://www.ibiblio.org/

Thesaurus.com    http://www.thesaurus.com/

Your Dictionary (Awesome compendium):   http://www.yourdictionary.com/

Dictionaries (Aramaic to Zulu)  http://www.onelook.com/

Merriam Webster Dictionary, Thesaurus (and 230 non English Dictionaries) http://www.m-w.com/home.htm

Rhyming Dictionary  http://www.rhymezone.com/

Glossaries  http://www.glossarist.com/

Glossaries (by language)   http://www.lai.com/glossaries.html

Nupedia (reviews all on-line encyclopedias while open-endedly developing its own database)   http://www.nupedia.com/

DK Publishers - Great books for homeschoolers!  -  http://us.dk.com/


American Journalism Review  (Great "Journalists Tools" ection)  http://www.ajr.org/

NewsLink (formerly part of American Journalism Review)
The Omnivore (A daily news and information service): http://www.way.net/omnivore/

Google News  --- "the latest news"  www.news.google.com

Reuters News Wire   www.reuters.com 

"News" Search Engine    http://www.pandia.com/news/index.html

Country Watch - "Website to the World" (providing country-by-country news): www.countrywatch.com

Global newspapers and magazines: http://www.newsd.com/

Newpapers from around the world http://dir.yahoo.com/News_and_Media/Newspapers/by_Region/Countries/

On-line newspapers by geographic region:  http://www.onlinenewspapers.com/

Spanish language newspapers (by country, region and city)   http://periodicos.ws/


Reference Desk  www.refdesk.com

2400 free searchable public databases   http://www.searchsystems.net/

Quotes / Quotations  (See hyperlinked directory in left hand column) http://alanarchibald.homestead.com/Page7Q.html

Internet Encyclopediae   http://dir.yahoo.com/reference/encyclopedia/

Information Please Almanac   http://www.infoplease.com/

Bitlocker. Databases Made Simple. Access, creation, web publication

The Hardin Medical Directory of Internet Health Sources

SciTech Daily (An excellent review of scientific news)  www.SciTechDaily.com

SciCentral (Weekly "alerts" describing "hot spots" in scientific literature. Choose updates from 120 disciplines.)  www.SciCentral.com

Perspective on the meaning of large numbers (viewed as pennies) http://www.kokogiak.com/megapenny/

Census Bureau Info (with maps)   http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/index.html

News & Observer Research Access   http://www.newsobserver.com/nerd/


Google maps: http://maps.google.com/

Topo and Aerial Photos   http://www.terraserver.microsoft.com/

Very useful topographical maps of the entire United States: http://www.topozone.com/

Maps (with driving directions from point A to B) http://www.mapquest.com/

Maps on-line: http://nationalatlas.gov/

Environmental Quality Maps from HUD: http://www.hud.gov/emaps/

Earth Maps: http://www.earthamaps.com/

Independent Traveler (with 800 #s & websites) http://www.independenttraveler.com/

NASA's Visible Earth  Photos from Space   http://www.visibleearth.nasa.gov/

NASA  Bringing People Space and Science together over the Internet: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/

Government Information

One site shopping for the federal office you want to know more about:  http://firstgov.gov/

Census Bureau Info (with maps)   http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/index.html

Information Please Almanac   http://www.infoplease.com/

Ask an Expert

Ask an Expert   http://www.k12science.org/askanexpert.html

Ask Yahoo: http://ask.yahoo.com/ask/

U. of Penn. Museum (Usable, informative site with "Ask our researchers" feature under "Archeology")

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences - Ask an expert.  www.naturalsiences.org

New York Times Learning Site (with "Ask a Reporter" access)

Census and CIA Data

Census Bureau Quick Facts (by state): http://www.census.gov/qfd/

CIA Factbook (Current state of geo-politics from CIA vantage)  http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook

How stuff works

"How to...."   http://www.ehow.com/home/

How Stuff Works   http://www.howstuffworks.com/

Specific Disciplines

Ancient World and Philosophy

Great Humanties Websites - http://vos.ucsb.edu/index.asp

Academic Info Gateway    http://www.academicinfo.net/


History Lists   www.tntech.edu/www/acad/hist/lists.html

Link to Ancient Rome (and Greece): http://www.ghg.net/shetler/rome/

Philosophy in Cyberspace (Vast, well-maintained site with regular new postings.) http://www-personal.monash.edu.au/~dey/phil/

Philosophy Resources on the Internet: http://www.epistemelinks.com/Main/MainText.asp

Penn State Philosophy Links (Great Compendium - See "Jobs for Pilosophers"): http://philosophy.la.psu.edu/

Aesop's Fables (and much more!)  This is a great classics site!!! http://www.ou.edu/cas/classics/gibbs/Documents.html

Other Aesop sites: http://directory.google.com/Top/Society/Folklore/Literature/Tales/Fables/Aesop's_Fables/

Ancient Rome and Latin Language: http://students.ou.edu/C/Richard.D.Cochran-1/Links.html

Archeology on the Net: http://www.serve.com/archaeology/

Byzantine Studies on the Internet: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/byzantium/

Oriental Institute, University of Chicago:

Myth, Fairy Tale and Legend: http://faculty-staff.ou.edu/G/Laura.K.Gibbs-1/myth/

Plato    http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Academy/3963/main.htm

Plato    http://phd.evansville.edu/plato.htm

Philosophy Resources on the Internet http://www.epistemelinks.com/Main/MainText.asp

Blaise Pascal http://members.aol.com/KatharenaE/private/Philo/Pascal/pascal.html

Ancient Civilizations   www.eduplace.com/links/gen/ancient_civiliz.html

The best Classics Portal: http://www.rdg.ac.uk/Classics/Link/

Classics Page (U. of Kentucky)   http://www.uky.edu/ArtsSciences/Classics/

The Classics Archive (brings 441 Classics to the Internet) http://classics.mit.edu/

Perseus Homepage (with Latin texts)   http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/

On-Line Philosophical Texts (categorized by philosopher) http://philosophy.about.com/homework/philosophy/library/blworksindex.htm?terms=Ivan+Illich

Preservenet (Cultural analyses that transcend traditional political categories)  www.preservenet.com

Diverse anthology on sustainable living   http://globalstewards.org/think.htm

UConn Classics links http://www.sp.uconn.edu/~wwwmcl/Multimed/Internet/classics.html


See Language and Books/Magazines on Line


Great Humanties Websites - http://vos.ucsb.edu/index.asp

Academic Info Gateway    http://www.academicinfo.net/

Spartacus Educational - a superb British site that's particularly strong in history www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk

Horus' Weblinks to History Resources (U. California at Riverside): http://horus.ucr.edu/horuslinks.html

Yahoo History Links: http://dir.yahoo.com/Arts/Humanities/History/

History Gateway at Kansas. http://www.ku.edu/history/WWW_history_main.html

Histor eSearch: http://www.snowcrest.net/jmike/

Modern History Sourcebook (Fordham University): http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/modsbook.html

American History (About.com): http://americanhistory.about.com/

American Memory, Library of Congress  Printed Ephemera of Three Centuries: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/rbpehtml/

Essay on the relationship between knowledge and love: "We know to the extent we love" by Augustine of Hippo http://www.pma.edmonton.ab.ca/human/folklife/cdamweb/pubs/kelker1.htm

Journal of Geo-Politics (with fine country-by-country references, including translation options)   http://fowlerlibrary.com/Kiosk/

Africana   http://www.africana.com/

History of the American West (in photos) http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/award97/codhtml/

History/Social Studies for K-12 Teachers http://execpc.com/~dboals/boals.html

"One Stop" Education Sites

Great Humanties Websites - http://vos.ucsb.edu/index.asp

Academic Info Gateway   http://www.academicinfo.net/

Digital Library, a librarian's choice of the best of the web:

Academic Info Gateway  http://www.academicinfo.net/

Spartacus Educational - a superb British site that's particularly strong in history www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk

Informal Education Homepage. (A great website, providing insight into "schooling alternatives" --- from Nyerere and Montessori through Marx and Illich, as well as what's going on in your neighborhood today. English, Scottish and Irish origin.)   http://www.infed.org/index.htm

High School Hub (Subject Guides and Cool Reference Section. Daily goodies to amuse.) http://www.highschoolhub.org/hub/hub.cfm

Busy Teachers' Website - K-12 http://www.ceismc.gatech.edu/busyt/

Websites for Teachers and Parents: http://www.ad12.k12.co.us/northglennhigh/nghs/teach2.html

Internet Scout Project   http://wwwscout.cs.wisc.edu/index.html

Kid Source   http://www.kidsource.com/

Kids Click  web search for kids by librarians (Cal Berkeley): http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/KidsClick!/

Homeschooling clearing house   http://homeschooling.about.com

Canadian Home Based Learning Resource Page  (Great site)  www.flora.org/homeschool-ca/

Homeschooling Information. (Great source covering a broad spectrum) http://www.franceandassociates.net/homeschoolinfo.html

Homeschooling: Creating Alternatives to Schooling (Address at U. of Penn.) http://users.erols.com/holtgws/AltToEd.htm

Education Otherwise (A British homeschooling site, with lots of links to Europe as well as America)   www.education-otherwise.org

The One Room School House. The Extraordinary Effect of Family Life Upon Student Learning   http://www.frc.org/fampol/fp95ied.html

Learn in Freedom   http://learninfreedom.org/#LearnFree

Homework Help web-links: http://www.startribune.com/stories/1649/1129985.html

Uniquely Gifted: Internet Resources for Gifted/Special Needs Children - http://www.uniquelygifted.org/

Thinkquest (with "Hogwarts on-line"). An exemplary site highlighting splendid work by young people.  http://www.thinkquest.org

EduHound: "We tracked it down so you don't have to."  http://www.eduhound.com/

EduHound ("El Perro Podenco") In Spanish: www.eduhound.com/espanol  

The Web Awards --- Education  http://thewebawards.com/categories/education.htm

BBC Education Webguide (See "Learning")  www.bbc.co.uk

CBC4Kids   www.cbc4kids.ca/

Educational Web Adventures  http://www.eduweb.com/adventure.html

Big Chalk   www.bigchalk.com

Info Zone Research Skills  www.assd.winnipeg.mb.ca/infozone/index.htm

Speakeasy. Internet for Educators http://www.speakeasy.org/educators/history.html

World Lecture Hall (Post-secondary): http://www.utexas.edu/world/lecture/index.html

Study Works (On-line assistance for secondary students) http://www.studyworksonline.com/

Educational Gateway (One stop curricular listings by grade level): http://www.thegateway.org/

Kids on the Web (one of 50 Great Sites for Kids and Parents chosen by the American Library Association)   http://www.zen.org/~brendan/kids.html

New York Public Library "On-Lion for Kids" http://www.nypl.org/branch/kids/

KidsKonnect.com (with very good "Reference Desk"): http://www.kidskonnect.com/

The Grammar Lady    www.grammarlady.com

Routes/Roots of English    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/routesofenglish/

Neat Schoolhouse    www.neat-schoolhouse.org/awesome.html

School Work    www.schoolwork.org

World Wide School (with great books on-line)   http://www.worldwideschool.org/

Rsearch Paper   www.researchpaper.com

Home Schooling Carolina (Modest site with useful links, including Gatto essays): http://members.carolina.net/hsc/links.html

Dr. Al-Clem's Study Skills for Students (with advice for college preparation): http://thetwocrows.com/ahclem/


Myth, Fairy Tale and Legend: http://faculty-staff.ou.edu/G/Laura.K.Gibbs-1/myth/

The Encyclopedia Mythica   http://www.pantheon.org/

Folklore and Mythology (Electronic Texts)  http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/folktexts.html

Loggia (Arts and Humanities. See "Mythography")   http://loggia.com/

Aesops Fables, Grimm Fairy Tales, de la Fontaine Fables: http://www.pacificnet.net/~johnr/aesop/

Children's Literature Web Guide (U. of Calgary):   http://www.acs.ucalgary.ca/~dkbrown/


Great Humanties Websites - http://vos.ucsb.edu/index.asp

Duke's Classical Music Links (The world's most comprehensive source: 2000 non-commercial links in 8 languages.) http://www.lib.duke.edu/music/resources/classical_index.html

Classical Music (Interactive site) http://library.thinkquest.org/22673/index.html

Free Classical Music (Legal download; Continually updated: http://www.karadar.it/

Lyrics World http://www.summer.com.br/~pfilho/html/main_index/index.html

Union songs, history in song, folk song http://crixa.com/muse/unionsong/musites.html

Napster (the folks who started free music-downloading)  www.napster.com

Massive Music Links Page   http://www.halcyon.com/spotter/ajp/links.htm

Save Our Sounds (Over one million historic sound clips) www.saveoursounds.org

Song Lyrics: http://www.lib.washington.edu/music/lyrics.html


Great Humanties Websites - http://vos.ucsb.edu/index.asp

Academic Info Gateway   http://www.academicinfo.net/

Penn State Philosophy Links (Great Compendium - See "Jobs for Pilosophers"): http://philosophy.la.psu.edu/

See "Ancient World and Philosophy" above.

Politics and Law

Great Humanties Websites - http://vos.ucsb.edu/index.asp

Academic Info Gateway   http://www.academicinfo.net/

Speak Truth to Power   http://www.speaktruth.org/index2.html

American Politics (New York Times links): http://www.nytimes.com/library/politics/polpoints.html

Politics (U.S. and International. Mansfield University): http://www.mnsfld.edu/depts/lib/gov.html

Public Documents and Maps. (Perkins Library, Duke U.): http://docs.lib.duke.edu/index.htm/resource/campaign/internet.htm

I have a dream, by Martin Luther King Jr.

Political Comedy: http://politicalhumor.about.com/cs/latenightjokes/

Zmag/Znet (Uncommonly insightful political analysis): http://www.zmag.org/ZNET.htm

Noam Chomsky - http://www.talene.net/chomsky/

Chomsky Speech Praises Catholic Church (See complete Chomsky archive, also at zmag.org): http://www.zmag.org/content/ForeignPolicy/chomsky_march26.cfm

Politics.com   www.politics.com

C-Span, "Public Affairs on the Web"   http://www.c-span.org/

On-line Guide to the U.S. Government "The U.S. Blue Pages" http://www.usbluepages.gov/

Juritas.com (Professional legal research tool --- free registry)   http://www.juritas.com/my_juritas/home.asp

Criminal Justice Statistics    http://www.albany.edu/sourcebook/

Grassroots.com   www.grassroots.com

A Force More Powerful (Pacifism in the 20th Century): http://www.pbs.org/weta/forcemorepowerful/

Political Cartoons   http://cagle.slate.msn.com/politicalcartoons/

Brill's Content. The All-Star Newspaper. Links to the best of the press.

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)   http://www.fair.org/

Open Secrets (Analysis of government activity) http://www.opensecrets.org/home/index.asp

Journal of Geo-Politics (with fine country-by-country references, including translation options)   http://fowlerlibrary.com/Kiosk/

11,000 on-line bios, half in English    http://www.biography-center.com/

On-line conversion of measures   http://www.onlineconversion.com/

History of Utopia (from the New York Public Library) http://www.nypl.org/utopia/

Democracy (A collection of texts): http://www.democracy.org/books-phil.html

Democracy   http://www.democracy.org/

Supreme Court of the United States - Opinions: http://supremecourtus.gov/opinions/opinions.html

Find Law (research tool for legal professionals): http://www.findlaw.com/casecode/supreme.html

Legal Information Institute, Cornell University   http://supct.law.cornell.edu/supct/

6000 Legal FAQ  http://www.worldlawdirect.com/

Over-rulings  Supreme Court decisions that were eventually overturned: http://www.access.gpo.gov/congress/senate/constitution/scourt.html

Constitution Facts   http://www.constitutionfacts.com/

The Declaration of Independence http://www.historychannel.com/exhibits/declaration/bios.html

Presidential Biographies: http://www.netcolony.com/news/presidents/presvplist.html

Searchable Public Record Databases (by state)  http://www.pac-info.com/

Freedom, Environmentalism and Liberalism (Lancaster University dissertation) http://www.lancs.ac.uk/users/philosophy/mave/mh_1.htm

New York Times Learning Site (with "Ask a Reporter" access)

ABUZZ - Pose a question, get an answer from NYT readers.   www.abuzz.com

All Africa   http://allafrica.com/education/

Science and Technology

Great Academic Websites http://www.howardcc.edu/students/campus_services/library/great_websites/

Academic Info Gateway:   http://www.academicinfo.net/

Science and Medicine

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences- Ask a scientist

Science Friday for Kids (NPR) http://www.sciencefriday.com/kids/


Great Humanties Websites - http://vos.ucsb.edu/index.asp

Academic Info Gateway   http://www.academicinfo.net/

Anthropology Links (U. of California at Santa Barbara): http://www.anth.ucsb.edu/links/pages/

Archeology on the Net: http://www.serve.com/archaeology/

Paleontology and Fossil Links (U. of Arizona): http://www.library.arizona.edu/users/mount/paleont.html


Biology Site of Sites: http://home.teleport.com/~amobb/biology/

Biology Links (Harvard U.): http://www.mcb.harvard.edu/BioLinks.html

The Tree of Life (Phylogeny and Biodiversity): http://tolweb.org/tree/phylogeny.html

Genome Gateway (from Science Magazine)  http://www.nature.com/genomics/human/

Religion and Environment on the Net (Harvard): http://environment.harvard.edu/guides/envbon/v42n06.html

Biological Invasions (U. of O.) - http://seagrant.orst.edu/colloquium/links.html

Rainforest Information Center (John Seed)  http://forests.org/ric/


Dr. Al-Clem's Study Skills for Students (with advice for college preparation): http://thetwocrows.com/ahclem/

Chemistry links - http://www.wpbschoolhouse.btinternet.co.uk/page02/page02.htm

Chemistry  Links for Chemists (University of Liverpool): http://www.liv.ac.uk/Chemistry/Links/links.html

The Catalyst  Chemistry Resources for Secondary Teachers: http://www.thecatalyst.org/

PhysLink (Physics and Astronomy on web. User friendly.): http://www.physlink.com/

High School Chemistry Sites: http://www.ced.appstate.edu/whs/goals2000/projects/rookie.htm

The Atom's Family: http://www.miamisci.org/af/sln/

Chemistry Site   www.tqd.advanced.org/2923

The Chemical Society (Great links page): http://www.chemsoc.org/links/links.htm

Bizarre Stuff You Can Make in Your Kitchen (Home Chemistry Experiments): http://freeweb.pdq.net/headstrong/default.htm

History of Physics - and allied sciences such as optics and astronomy from the American Institute of Physics   http://www.aip.org/history/

Light - an exploration   http://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/light/english/index.html

Anti-Matter --- Theory and Fact: http://livefromcern.web.cern.ch/livefromcern/antimatter/index.html

Superb visualization of chemical interactions: www.csc/lul/chem/graphics.html

Center for Molecular Modeling (National Institutes of Health): http://cmm.info.nih.gov/modeling/ (Good site; good links.)

Earth Science

Extreme Science (Earth Science, maps, weather and more): http://www.extremescience.com/

Geology, Earth Science and Astronomy on the web: http://geology.com/

Geology Web Pages (see "Hot Links"): http://www.geo.duke.edu/geo41/geo41.htm


Science and Math Education Resources: http://newton.physics.wwu.edu:8082/jstewart/scied/science.html

U.W. Mathematics Department Resources for Research and Education: http://www.math.washington.edu/menu-research-ed.html

Math Education Resources (including "Interesting and Amusing"): http://www.mste.uiuc.edu/mathed/mathedlinks.html

Cornell Math and Science Gateway: http://www.tc.cornell.edu/Edu/MathSciGateway/

Terri Husted's Homepage for New (and not so new) Math Teachers: http://people.clarityconnect.com/webpages/terri/terri.html

S.O.S. Math Site   www.sosmath.com

Shodor - Math and Science education  site   www.shodor.org

The World of Numbers http://www.geocities.com/~mikemclaughlin/MS.html

"Statistical Resources on the Web" -

Mathematics and Statistics Web Resources, U. of Canterbury - http://library.canterbury.ac.nz/sci/math/math_web_res.shtml

Mathematics Resources, Duke U. - http://www.lib.duke.edu/mathphy/math.htm

Mathematics Portal, U. of Birmingham:  http://www.mathgate.bham.ac.uk/mathsportal/DepartmentList.asp


Horticulture Links (U. of Missouri): http://horticulture.missouri.edu/hortlinks.htm

The Gardening Launch Pad  www.gardeninglaunchpad.com   (with 4000, mostly non-commercial links)


Fish and fishing information on-line. (Field & Stream writer Ken Schultz personal site. With illustrated "Encyclopedia of Fish")   http://www.kenschultz.com/

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (Great resource for ichthyology and other marine sciences)   http://www.whoi.edu/home/

Monterey Bay Aquarium   www.mbayaq.org

Medical Library Association "Websites You Can Trust"  http://caphis.njc.org/consumerAll.html

U. S. National Library of Medicine   http://www.nlm.nih.gov/

National Health Museum --- Access Excellence  www.accessexcellence.org

Cancer Net (from the National Institutes of Health): http://cancernet.nci.nih.gov/

Health Resource Network Directory (Comprehensive): http://www.outreach.missouri.edu/hotline/dietetic.htm


Nature Serve (an on-line encyclopedia of life. Strong on endangered species): http://www.natureserve.org/

Zoo Books links (Rich compendium of sites about animals): http://www.zoobooks.com/links/themeindex.html

Science/Nature for Kids (About.com): http://kidscience.about.com/kids/kidscience/

Serengeti Park    http://www.serengetipark.org/

Bronx Zoo  http://www.bronxzoo.com/

Science Sundries

Science Master  "Exciting young minds about the world around us"  http://www.sciencemaster.com/

Science "Snacks" (from the Exploratorium)  http://www.exploratorium.edu/snacks/

Fun Low-Cost Science Experiments (built-in Spanish translator) http://www.funsci.com/

Geo Libraries. Resources for Science and Math Teachers: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Forum/4817/teach-math-sci.html

"The Why Files" Science behind the News, U. of Wisc Board of Regents: (Be sure to see "Cool Science Images")   http://whyfiles.news.wisc.edu/

150 Essays on Science and Society: http://www.sciencemag.org/feature/data/150essay.shl

Ask an Expert   http://www.vrd.org/locator/index.html

History of Technology   http://www.skiltopo.com/start/html/day14637.htm

Technology and the Future: http://www.alteich.com/content8.htm

Community Technology Centers' Network --- Youth Education (Mainstream, but not without virtue.) www2.ctcnet.org/ctcweb.asp?webcat=youthed

Global Warming (See it for yourself)  http://www.climatehotmap.org/

Think Quest: http://www.thinkquest.org/

Popular Science   www.popsci.com/

Climate Diagnostics Center   http://www.cdc.noaa.gov/

The Exploratorium (San Francisco's hands-on museum of science)  www.exploratorium.edu

The Tech Museum of Innovation (San Jose's answer to The Exploratorium)  www.thetech.org

Discovering Archaeology (a Scientific American publication): http://www.discoveringarchaeology.com/

Structure and Evolution of the Universe (NASA): http://universe.gsfc.nasa.gov/

The Darwin Awards    http://www.darwinawards.com/

All about weather (including current conditions and forecasts) www.weather.com

NASA sun exploration   http://vestige.lmsal.com/TRACE/

National Geographic --- Education:   http://magma.nationalgeographic.com/education/index.cfm

Cool trips to remote places, by National Geographic   http://iexplore.nationalgeographic.com/


Sociology Links:  Sociology Links:  http://www.sociolog.com/


Mother of All Art and Art History Links Pages (University of Michigan): http://www.art-design.umich.edu/mother/


American Museum of Natural History: http://www.amnh.org/

British National Museum National Archives (the last 1000 years): http://learningcurve.pro.gov.uk/virtualmuseum/

Museum of Paleontology (Great Life Sciences site): U.C. Berkeley www.ucmp.berkeley.edu

Museum of Unnatural History    http://www.unmuseum.org/unmain.htm

U. Penn Museum "World Cultures" (On-line exhibits): http://www.upenn.edu/museum/Collections/ourwebexhibits.html

Art Museum   www.artmuseum.net

For many more museums, see bottom of History Page


Internet Movie Database   http://www.imdb.com/

Rotten Tomatoes - www.rottentomatoes.com

All Movie Guide   http://www.allmovie.com/

Movie Review Query Engine   http://www.mrqe.com/

Movie Trivia   http://movies.factcity.net/factcity/factcity

Foreign Language/Culture/ESL

Global Language Portal  "Your Dictionary.com" - provides dictionaries, grammars and on-line courses for hundreds of languages. http://www.yourdictionary.com/

Language-learning links   http://www.language-learning.net/

Latino Link - a portal that focuses on latino issues   www.latino.com

Directorio de Programas Educativos en Castellano   www.abcdatos.com/programas/edu.html

Hogar Hispano (Hundreds of carefully chosen Spanish language education sites)  www.hogarhispano.org

Pregunte.  Las bibliotecas responden. (Spanish language reference service)   http://pregunte.carm.es/pregunte/pub01.shtml

Anillo de historia. Todas las webs referentes a la historia española. http://elsitio.de/historia/

Medicina y Ciencia Digital   http://www.medicinayciencia.com/home.htm

June 29.com - a great foreign language page.  http://www.june29.com/  (When you reach June 29's frontpage, click "Human Languages Page," and proceed to "Language and Literature")

Language-learning links   http://www.language-learning.net/

TERRALINGUA: "Partnerships for Biologic and Linguistic Diversity"   http://www.terralingua.org/

"I Love Languages" (formerly "Human Languages Page/June 29") - a great language page. See "Language and Literature": http://www.ilovelanguages.com/

ESL site (Good on-line tool): http://www.rong-chang.com/

Spanish Institute, Puebla: Great Links http://www.sipuebla.com/contents23.htm

CNN En Espanol   http://cnnenespanol.com/

Spanish language newspapers (by country, region and city)   http://periodicos.ws/

UConn Spanish links http://www.sp.uconn.edu/~wwwmcl/Multimed/Internet/spanish.html

EduHound ("El Perro Podenco") In Spanish: www.eduhound.com/espanol


The Heifer Project is one of the best-designed charities in the world. Donors give farm animals (or beehives) to poor families who, in turn, promise to give away one female offspring This commitment to "share the blessing" is held sacred by all participants.) - www.heifer.org

Digital Library, a librarian's choice of the best of the web:

The Global Ideas Bank - http://www.globalideasbank.org/

Slave Narratives (produced by the Works Progress Administration)  http://xroads.virginia.edu/%7Ehyper/wpa/wpahome.html

Civil War Photographs - Library of Congress    http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/cwphtml/cwphome.html

Smithsonian photos   http://americanart.si.edu/helios/index.html

Tobacco (A study in the maliciousness of Big Business) http://www.library.ucsf.edu/tobacco/

Chocolate: http://www.cocoapro.com/

American Museum of Natural History Middle School Science "Outdoors" http://www.amnh.org/learn/biodiversity_counts/

Hoax Museum  http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/

Library of Congress Map Collection: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/gmdhtml/gmdhome.html

National Geographics Wild World (presents the earth's 867 bioregions)  http://www.nationalgeographic.com/wildworld/

Hubble Space Telescope  New Views of the Universe  http://hubble.stsci.edu/discoveries/hstexhibit/

American Museum of Photography  http://www.photographymuseum.com/faceof.html

Photos of the Year (58th annual): http://www.poy.org/58/

Shakespeare in Cultural Perspective  http://daphne.palomar.edu/shakespeare

Canada Literacy Foundation (See Links): http://www.abc-canada.org/public_awareness/literacy_matters_round_table.asp

Language-learning links   http://www.language-learning.net/

Common Dreams (Breaking News and Views for the Progressive Community) http://www.commondreams.org/

Holocaust Remembrance   http://www.yadvashem.org.il/

Voices of the Holocaust  Accounts by Survivors, 1946. (U. of Illinois) http://voices.iit.edu/

The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation: http://www.grammarbook.com/

People Spot (Directories, Genealogy etc.)  http://www.peoplespot.com/

All Family Resources: http://www.familymanagement.com/ Grimm Fairy Tales, Frankenstein, Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde. Spanish language option.

Kid-friendly search (with lots of useful links) http://www.rcls.org/ksearch.htm

Uniquely Gifted Children: http://www.uniquelygifted.org/

College bound? College View provides readily accessible information about American - and Canadian - colleges and universities. (As a graduate of the University of Toronto, I was struck by the inclusion of Canadian institutions of higher learning. Similar American sites reveal customary gringo jingoism by limiting their purview to schools within the United States.)  http://www.rcls.org/ksearch.htm


Science and Medicine

English Language, Books on-line, Magazines on-line

Miscellany (at bottom of page 2)

News Directory (Comprehensive compendium of news sources): http://www.newsd.com/

Newswatch:  http://www.newswatch.org/

Sociologists' writings on the web: http://www.pscw.uva.nl/sociosite/TOPICS/Sociologists.html

Philosophy Resources on the Internet: http://www.epistemelinks.com/Main/MainText.asp

Thinkquest (with Hogwarts on-line). An exemplary site highlighting splendid work by young people. This site is so well done that I'm repeating reference.  http://www.thinkquest.org/php/lib/ic_i2k_semi.html

Alternative Press Links   http://www.scn.org/news/newspeak/gone.html

Electronic Literature Directory   http://directory.eliterature.org/

Mr. Rogers   http://www.misterrogers.org/

Homestead.com (Free websites; easy-site construction tools; no bothersome advertisements cluttering your page. A truly remarkable service.) www.homestead.com

Noah's Flood: A New Wave of Evidence: http://www.geol.vt.edu/profs/jas/3114-web/00Climate/991118_WP-Noah.html

Hitler's Lost Sub   http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/lostsub/

Whales and other Cetaceans (A rich English language website from Finland)   http://www.physics.helsinki.fi/whale/

Global Warming (See it for yourself)  http://www.climatehotmap.org/

Chili!!!  http://www.chillisgalore.co.uk/

Earth from Space (Nasa's 350,000 photos)  http://earth.jsc.nasa.gov/

Arctic Wildlife and Oildrilling  http://www.savearcticrefuge.org/

Freedom, Environmentalism and Liberalism (Lancaster University dissertation) http://www.lancs.ac.uk/users/philosophy/mave/mh_1.htm

Facilitated student access to CNN   http://fyi.cnn.com/fyi/index.html

Ten Ways to Transform Victorian Capitalism into Democratic Capitalism, by David M. Boje, June 17, 1998 --- Good, hyperlinked article with links to Mondragon cooperative. Strong Illich influence. Focuses on decentralized community organization in New Mexico

Citizen at Large, Jay Walljasper   http://www.consciouschoice.com/citizen/

Writer's Resources (the whole scoop)   http://www.writerswrite.com/

Guiness World Records  http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/home.asp

Magic and Illusion   http://magic.about.com/hobbies/magic/

Christmas and Hannukah from The History Channel  http://www.historychannel.com/exhibits/holidays/

Best set of "safe" discussion groups on web. From aliens to Zen. (Always exercise caution when participating in web discussions) www.deja.com/usenet

Common-Place, The Interactive Journal of Early American Life: http://www.common-place.org


Computer tutorials on-line   http://www.tutorialfind.com/tutorials/

Free Computer Help (at Computer Hope) - http://www.computerhope.com/

Help2Go - http://www.help2go.com/

Cyber Tech Help - http://www.cybertechhelp.com/

Need computer help? (C/Net lends a hand)   www.help.com

Learn to type; learn to surf http://www.sp.uconn.edu/~wwwmcl/Multimed/Internet/computer.html

Dowloads (free) - www.download.com

Downloads (free) - http://www.simtel.net/welcome.php

Homestead.com (Free websites; easy site construction tools; no bothersome advertisements cluttering your page. A remarkable service.)    www.homestead.com

Free ISP News    http://www.freedomlist.com/

Yahooligans - Yahoo's Web Guide for Young People: http://www.yahooligans.com/

Web-cams worldwide    http://wizardry.free.fr/engworldcam.html

Web Copier    http://www.maximumsoft.com/


Radio Tower (Live, on-line access to radio stations all over the world.)    http://www.radiotower.com/

Shoutcast - free webcasting software. (Start broadcasting.)   http://www.shoutcast.com/

Webcasting - http://www.swcast.net/

Video News and Entertainment: http://platinum.yahoo
The bread which you do not use is the bread of the hungry.
The garments hanging in your wardrobe are the garments of those who are naked.
The shoes that you do not wear are the shoes of one who is barefoot.
The money you keep locked away is the money of the poor.
The acts of charity you do nto perform are so many injustices you commit.
   St. Basil the Great
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Spanish Pronto
Medical Spanish
Hogar Hispano
Bread and Circuses

Rubrics of reform for public instruction

Alan Archibald
Gatto Commentary

Further reflections
on compulsory government schooling

Alan Archibald