Saturday, January 06, 2007

Farenga

Another foggy, wet, grey morning... and another quote, this time by Patrick Farenga:

"In the eighteenth century it was not common to suggest that slavery was a sin against fellow human beings. In the nineteenth century it was not common to suggest that women deserved the same privileges of citizenship as men. In the twentieth century it is not common to suggest that children can learn without attending schools. All three are examples of how the cultural attitudes of a population influence not only their view of reality, but also create social structures that reinforce and perpetuate those views. Science, medicine, and law were used to keep slaves and women in their place until cultural attitudes towards these people changed; likewise, I think, we are in the midst of a gradual change in our perception of children. At the start of the twenty-first century some people are realizing that children are people--not little adults nor cute kids--but real people. Yes, children are often inexperienced, innocent, and have various needs that caring adults should address, but they are people nonetheless. As they are recognized as people, children, like slaves and women, will also be treated with respect and allowed more autonomy in their lives."

Some links passed on by an EO group member
Artisan Cam
The Earth & Geologic Time Scale
Personal & Earth Timelines Lesson
Geologic Timeline
Also: Home Schooling: A British Perspective by Sean Gabb

1 comment:

mcewen said...

No more chimney sweeps and tea pickers then! Great links. I'm already useing EL but the Artisan Cam is great! Thanks