July 27, 2016: New Horizons in South America and Beyond

 

This may have looked like a blog about some dude’s vacation.  And I won’t lie, I’ve absolutely enjoyed myself out here.  But it has been so much more than just a trip through South America…  The reason I wanted to be here – and the reason that Fund for Teachers so generously funded my research – is that there is something seriously lacking in the historical and cultural education of our students, at least in the United States where I teach. Continue reading “July 27, 2016: New Horizons in South America and Beyond”

Admiral Yi Sun-Sin, Defender of the Korean People

When is it ok to defy authority? To break the rules? Where is the fine line between success and catastrophe?
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Adapted in part from open sources.

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Pungsu, the Art of Korean Geomancy

How does a society explain good and evil? How does it find balance and harmony with its surroundings? Is your society in harmony with nature?
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Adapted in part from open sources.

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Korean History – The Basics

How have the three dynasties of Korea, its foreign invasions, and Chinese contacts influenced Korea’s historical development?
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Adapted in part from open sources.

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Foot Binding and the Standard of Beauty

What is beauty? Is it universal, or specific to one’s culture? What effect do concepts of beauty have on the behavior and self-image of everyday people?
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Adapted in part from open sources.

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The Silk Road, International Trade, and Global Prosperity

How do goods, wealth, technology, and culture spread? What is gained or lost in the exchange? Does trade benefit all sides equally? Who sets the terms of international trade?
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Adapted in part from open sources.
China’s ancient capital of Xian became a cosmopolitan melting pot because its position as a crossroad of the Silk Road trading network, a home to Buddhists and Muslims, where almost anything that was for sale in the ancient world could be bought or sold. (Xian, China, 2015.)

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The Great Wall and Borders Beyond Our Control

How and why do governments regulate the flow of people and information? Is the government’s interest always the same as the people’s?

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Adapted in part from open sources.

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The Sandinistas

What happens after a revolution, when those who ceded power don’t want to admit it’s gone? What right do nations have to preemptively attack the governments of other nations?
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Adapted in part from open sources.

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Augusto Sandino, National Hero

Is it heroic or foolish to fight against impossible odds, even if you know you are right? When is violence and revolt a justifiable strategy for change?
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Adapted in part from open sources.

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William Walker, the Grey-Eyed Man of Destiny

Does might make right? If you can do something, should you? Who decides what history is worth learning?
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Adapted in part from open sources.

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