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Saturday, August 14, 2010

First Two Weeks

Hello All. As you will see in the first two weeks of class, all grade levels will be doing similar community building and introductory activities. With this being my first year here at the DaVinci Academy, I have a number of What is History, Types of Historical Study, and Historical Influence lessons that I would like for all of my students to know and experience. So as you log-on or read your e-mails in the first two weeks please do not be alarmed when the grade-levels are not listed separately. After we get past the what is history, the study of history, and discussing the importance of history, each grade-level will diverge onto their separate paths of study as the 5th grade will move into geography and Meso-American history, 6th grade will move into geography and major world religions, 7th grade will move onto imperialism, and 8th grade will move onto the fall of the British Empire as we start our journey into the study of World and American History. Have a wonderful last day of summer and I will see you all on Monday.

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We can learn from history how past generations thought and acted, how they responded to the demands of their time and how they solved their problems. We can learn by analogy, not by example, for our circumstances will always be different than theirs were. The main thing history can teach us is that human actions have consequences and that certain choices, once made, cannot be undone. They foreclose the possibility of making other choices and thus they determine future events.
-Gerda Lerner

History, we can confidently assert, is useful in the sense that art and music, poetry and flowers, religion and philosophy are useful. Without it -- as with these -- life would be poorer and meaner; without it we should be denied some of those intellectual and moral experiences which give meaning and richness to life. Surely it is no accident that the study of history has been the solace of many of the noblest minds of every generation.
-Henry Steele Commager

Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.
-Robert F. Kennedy