Articles in Education

10 Ocean Phenomenon You Won't Actually Believe Exist
We have only just begun as a species this past twenty years or so, to embrace knowledge like never before from around our planet... most of it through television documentaries, the internet and online videos.  This vast knowledge base is being learned far faster by a young generation than was e...
10 Principles To De-clutter Our Lives
“Declutter. Organize. Live.” I have never considered myself a natural organizer. But in 2007, my family moved to Australia from the USA. Because we were moving into a smaller home, I found myself needing to declutter a large number of items. Fortunately, we were able to accomplish the ta...
100 Year Old Photos Bring History To Life
Edward Sheriff Curtis (February 16, 1868 – October 19, 1952) was an American ethnologist and photographer of the American West and of Native American peoples. During his life, he took an astonishing amount of pictures of the wild American landscape, retaining a record that would give future ge...
100 years ago, people were eating things that most of us will never taste. So what happened?
Back in 1905, a book called "The Apples of New York" was published by the New York State Department of Agriculture. It featured hundreds of apple varieties of all shapes, colors, and sizes, including Thomas Jefferson's personal favorite, the Esopus Spitzenburg. Whoaaaa. The book is full of invalu...
12 Amazing Oklahoma Secrets You Never Knew Existed
The Sooner State is full of history and with that comes secrets that have unraveled over time. From hidden places to little-known facts, here are 12 amazing Oklahoma secrets you never knew existed: 1. A Chinese underground society once existed in tunnels under Oklahoma City. Dominic Alves/Flickr ...
25 Ways You Can Be More Self Reliant Today
Learn Self-Reliance Skills Before You Are Forced To There are a lot more than 25 ways to be more self reliant so use these tips as a creative nudge. Self reliant living has always been an important skill. From the Pilgrims to the generation that lived through the Depression and World War II the ab...
3 Simple Tips For Traveling Long Term On A Tight Budget (video)
In this video, we share 3 surprisingly simple ways to travel long-term on a tight budget. The cost of accommodation and eating out can really add up while you're travelling and can make it hard to travel as long as you want to. We're sharing 3 travel tips that can help you reduce or eliminate those ...
5 Must See Floating Markets in Thailand: The Beauty Of Diversity
Amphawa Floating Market A floating market is a market that is located next to a body of water and vendors sell things directly out of their boats. Though some of the main waterways have since been filled in to make way for roads, Bangkok was once known as the Venice of Asia due to its extensiv...
5 WAYS TO FEED CHICKENS ON A BUDGET
Hello, friends! I’m Kelli, and I am here from The Sustainable Couple to share some tips about feeding your backyard chickens on a budget.   My husband, John, and I have had a small flock of chickens for almost a year. Our city had an ordinance prohibiting backyard chickens for many yea...
71 Million Year Old Fossil Discovered in Antarctica
Fossil hunting is an adventure anywhere—but when the search is on one of the most remote localities, complications are inevitable. But for an international team of scientists, the hard work recently paid off with a prize of over a ton of fossils from ancient marine creatures, dinosaurs and bir...
8 Themed Children's Gardens that Teach Kids How to Grow Food & Revel in Nature
by Catherine Winter Did you ever read the book The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett? In it, the protagonist (Mary) asks her guardian if she could please have a bit of earth to make a garden: “To plant seeds in–to make things grow–to see them come alive." Many children ta...
A Lab Culture Grown From the Handprint of an Eight-Year-Old After Playing Outside
A lab culture grown from the handprint of an eight-year-old after he came in from playing outside shows some pretty dramatic results as a number of different types of microbes growing rampantly in a TSA plate. This is the coolest thing I have ever seen! We all know our bodies are home to cou...
A Simpler Way - Crisis As Opportunity
Utilizing techniques of permaculture, rainwater catchment, community living, and various simple techniques, we can make a big difference in the world in which we live.  We can make a world that produces more oxygen and filters out impurities, that gives our bodies healthy whole foods, that allo...
Amazing Levitating Stones with Sound Waves. (Video)
The movement of the stone with the help of sound Okkulʹtisty long time talking about what else Atlanta and the ancient Egyptians in the construction of their shrines of knew how to move their massive stone details with the help of the sound, that is, the possessed the acoustic levitation. Modern Sc...
An Invention That Converts Plastic Back Into Oil Is Changing The Way We Think About Trash
This video brief about the invention of a plastic-to-oil converting machine went viral and exceeded 3.7 million views on YouTube. This is evidence that concern over “the plastic problem” is certainly not going away, despite encouraging bans on and decreases in the use of plastic sho...
Arctic Survival: 'Sami Wisdom'
"The Sami people are one of the oldest semi-nomadic indigenous groups in the world. Traditionally herding reindeer in the Arctic regions of Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia’s Kola Peninsula (the region is known as Sapmi), they learned to work with the rhythms of nature in order to survive th...
Are Overprotected Children At A Disadvantage Of Dealing With Life's Realities?
A small face looms out of the gloom, bringing his red scooter to a halt just before the road. The boy, five, is on his own. Seconds later, he's off again, calling over his shoulder, 'I'll meet you after the bike tunnel.' I find him, breathing heavily, by the school gate, beaming with pride not at be...
Autism To Astrophysics, After Leaving Special Ed, Jake Skipped Seven Grades And Then...
A boy labelled as severely autistic, and never to learn how to tie his own shoe laces, was placed into a special needs school after his diagnoses aged two. His mother, following her instinct, pulled her son out of the state-run special education facility to homeschool him, and by the age of 11, he e...
Awesome New Trend: 9 Outdoor Preschools Opening Up In Seattle Parks!
Preschool aged children in Seattle, Washington are trading traditional classroom preschool for a chance to spend time outdoors!  Tiny Trees Preschool in partnership with the Seattle Parks and Recreational department will teach young kids in 9 city parks beginning in September 2016. According t...
Bamboo Mathematicians
Bamboo, a wonderful renewable building material is actually a tall grass. It has the ability to grow faster than trees and it's wood is versatile and strong. Asia has been using bamboo for centuries, and now that the world knows its value it is being used for floors, furniture, kitchens and many oth...
Bodie: A Ghost Town Since World War II, This Gold Boom Town Now Marks An Era Gone By
Bodie State Historic Park is a California gold-mining ghost town with over 170 buildings which are protected in a “state of arrested decay.” That means officials won’t fix up the abandoned buildings, but they won’t let Bodie fall to dust either. Bodie was too wicked to ever t...
Chapter 1: What Is Your Ultimate Goal In Life
Who am I if not myself? For a very long time, all across the west we have approached home design as a collection of separate features to serve us, the individual. Making sure that our homestead fills that “thing”. That little chunk, missing within ourselves. Ocean views, wide screen TV...
Childhood in Europe vs Childhood in America (video)
This video is a perspective on how outdoor play and recess makes a difference in the lives of children.  It may take a second to load:   // Unlike Americans, Europeans don't view recess as a waste of time.Like ATTN: on Facebook. Posted by ATTN: on Tuesday, March 8, 2016...
College Prof’s Experience With A Homeschooled Student
As a homeschooling family, I love reading articles like this. There is always the fear as a parent if we are doing the right thing by them. It's encouraging to know that we are! Posted in the Chicago Tribune on Feb. 18, 2016, is this personal commentary by David McGrath, emeritus English p...
Discovery Could Rewrite History of Vikings in New World (Video)
Archaeologists have confirmed only one site in North America with evidence of Viking inhabitants, but new discoveries in a remote area of Canada could reveal a second settlement. The new site is located in the forested peninsula of Point Rosee, stemming from southern Newfoundland, and is hundre...
Disused Farm Buildings are Transformed Into a Sustainable Farming and Cooking School
The buildings on the site exemplify the beauty and history of the existing buildings while modern insertions of the cookery school and soon to be constructed accommodation building help to make them fit for purpose and comfortable to current standards. This project accentuates an Area of Outstanding...
DIY - How To Make Gun Powder From Urine
Watch as cody takes us through the process of making gun powder from scratch they way they might have made it in the old west.  With a little knowledge, you have an unlimited supply of the stuff.  Watch and learn how he does it! Okay... and here's part 2:...
Do You Know What The Oldest Music in The World Sounds Like? (Video)
Let's check out what is arguably the "oldest song in the world" — at least according to Youtube declarations — backed up by research. It comes from the ancient city of Ugarit (now called Ras Shamra), which is in current-day northern Syria. The musical notations were printed on tablets, a...
Edible Schoolyard: A Project in Action
Established in 2010, Edible Schoolyard NYC is a nonprofit organization committed to bringing Alice Waters’ vision to New York City public schools. When Alice Waters, acclaimed restaurateur and food activist, created the Edible Schoolyard Project in Berkeley, California in 1995, she knew the be...
Elementary Children Learn About Engineering By Building Their Own Playground
At Charles R. Drew Charter School, elementary students learn complex engineering skills and concepts, helping to build lifelong critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Here’s how they do it. This is a great attempt to inspire children into learning not only skills but also learn to love ...
Elon Musk admits to 'Unschooling' his Children
“Unschooling” is an educational method advocating learning in a natural environment via self-direction of the student. Around since the 1970s and used by educator John Holt, it is still considered to be a controversial method of schooling for children. While homeschooling has attracted w...
Elon Musk Creates the World's Most Exclusive School: Entrepreneur Reveals He Bought a Mansion to House 20 Pupils (Including His Five Kids) And Three Teachers
If Elon Musk doesn't like something, he'll create his own, better version. From reusable space rockets to revolutionary home batteries, it seems there's not much the billionaire can't improve. Now, Musk is trying to do the same with his children's education by starting a radical school, with no grad...
Eustice Conway: Self Sufficient or Threat To Society?? A 16 Video Journey
Eustace Conway (born Eustace Robinson Conway IV in 1961 in Columbia, South Carolina) is an American naturalist and the subject of the book The Last American Man byElizabeth Gilbert. He has also been the subject of Adventures In the Simple Life by Sarah Vowel on the weekly radio show, This Ameri...
Ever Wonder What A Weapon Could Have Looked Like 46,000 Years Ago? Check This Out!
Archaeologists from ANU have uncovered what is being called the oldest-known axe, found a large rock shelter in Windjana Gorge National Park in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Lead archaeologist Professor Sue O’Connor said the axe dates back between 46,000 and 49,000 years, aro...
Every Day ‘Survival Lessons’ From The 1800s
There’s a lot of great information available for surviving when society ends as we know it. Much of the guidance, however, deals with using modern technology and conveniences to survive long term. This makes sense, because modern technology makes life a lot easier. Nevertheless, I’d lik...
Farming Preschool Would Teach Kids How to Grow Their Own Food
Winner of the AWR International Ideas Competition to design a new nursery school, “Nursery Fields Forever” reimagines what nursery schools could be like. Designed by a team from Italy, composed of Gabriele Capobianco, Edoardo Capuzzo Dolcetta, Jonathan Lazar, and Davide Tr...
First Sustainable School in Latin America.
This past week a sustainable public school opened in Urugay. The education establishment is located near the Jaureguiberry Hotsprings. Built with the earthship technic, with reused tires and glass bottles. Architect Michael Reynolds supervised the construction. 45 children attend this new school t...
Footprint for Nations: Where does yours Rank?
In today’s world, where humanity is already exceeding planetary limits, ecological assets are becoming more critical. Each country has its own ecological risk profile: Many are running ecological deficits, with Footprints larger than their own biological capacity. Others depend heavily on res...
Grandparents Who Babysit Are Less Likely to Develop Alzheimers (video)
There’s nothing like grandchildren to keep older adults joyful and active. A recent study shows that spending a moderate amount of time with grandkids may actually prevent Alzheimer’s disease by increasing brain function and memory. In addition to boosting brain power, babysitting ...
Happy 4th Of July! With A Little Flare And Style...
Chris Cheng shows us how to play awesome music with his suppressed firearm.  Watch as he plays the Star Spangled Banner: Be sure to check out Chris' Book:  "Shoot To Win"   Now here he is "playing" My Country Tis Of Thee: Marine Corps:    ...
Have You Ever Thought, School Starts Way To Early...Well, You Were Right (Video)
Sleep in essential for development and learning. Starting school later during the day, improves their cognitive skills, and overall students grades and school scores improve. via TheHuffingtonPost in Facebook...
History: The 10th Mountain Division Turned The tide Of The European War
In the winter of 1941 the Italians lost 25,000 soldiers in the mountains of Albania because of lack of winter warfare training, physical fitness and lack of proper equipment. Minot (Minnie) Dole, who had invented the National Ski Patrol Service, offered up the NSPS to the War Department in order to ...
HOW A NEW GENERATION IS GETTING THEIR EDUCATION ABROAD- WITHOUT A TUITION
A recent “travel experience” movement has inspired thousands of people to seek opportunity abroad in an effort to tap into something more tactile and fundamental for their continuing education. At its roots, NuMundo is a website that serves as the switchboard for interested parties to co...
How Did Marijuana Become Illegal In The First Place?
Dear Doctors, “With so much information coming out about the medical value of marijuana, and that marijuana is not as dangerous as alcohol, why was it made illegal in the first place?” Sincerely, Looking for a history lesson Dear Looking, That is an excellent question. Now that many pol...
How do we bring an obsolete educational system into the world of the present?
My middle daughter has been diagnosed with selective mutism.  It overlaps with about 90% of the symptoms of Aspergers on the autism spectrum.  Her special skills include a photographic memory and she is a personal GPS.  She can tell you where to go or where you misplaced your keys, or...
How Music Trumps Reading For Childhood Development
Forget the Mozart Effect and Baby Einstein, take it easy on acquisitions for your two-year-old’s private library, and don’t fret if your three-year-old hasn’t started violin lessons just yet. The key to unlocking a child’s potential intelligence and happiness may indeed lie i...
How To Attract Beneficial Bugs
Some bugs eat our crops, but fortunately, there are other bugs that eat those plant-eating bugs. The trick is to make your garden appeal to them. Just like in the world of mammals, in the insect world, there are plant-eaters and there are animal-eaters. Those species that are referred to as ben...
How To Butcher a Chicken - 'warning - graphic'
This first video is how to make chicken free, or vegetarian chicken.  This goes out to all of you who are depressed that so many chickens become food for the masses.  If this is you, watch only this first video, but go no further!! For the rest of you, if you are on the farm, this will be...
HOW TO CHART THE SUN’S MOTION IN RELATION TO YOUR HOMESTEAD
Learn to track the sun before you design your home to determine the best orientation for it, as well as how to take advantage of the sun rays, because the position is also important for the passive cooling and heating of the house. Understanding the sun’s motion relative to a site is an i...
How to watch the SUPER BLOOD MOON eclipse: Rare phenomenon will be seen throughout most of the world this weekend
Supermoon lunar eclipse will take place on September 27th and 28th It will be visible in North and South America, Africa and western Asia The event will also be seen in eastern Pacific Ocean region and Europe  It will last 1 hour and 11 minutes and begins at 8:11pm ET (1.11am BST) It ...
Human Libraries: Where You Check Out People Instead of Books
Founded in 2001 in Denmark to promote human rights and social cohesion, the human library project seeks to create greater understanding between people and provide a safe space where we can learn more about each other and work through stereotypes and discrimination present in our community in order t...
Making Pianos In The 1800's Was Both An Art And A Science!
Pianos have been setting around peoples homes for so long, that we hardly stop anymore to consider what went into making them.  In fact, many of the pianos still sitting around were made before electricity!  So how in the world did they make them?  Did you know that a piano might have...
Mark Ruffalo: to be in Residence at Dickinson College
Actor and activist Mark Ruffalo will be in residence at Dickinson College Monday and Tuesday to spend time on campus with students, with faculty, and to accept The Sam Rose ’58 and Julie Walters Prize for his environmental activism. “What we’re looking for with this award is we bri...
Michio Kaku: All Kids Are Born Geniuses, But Are Crushed By Society Itself
Michio Kaku is a futurist, popularizer of science, and theoretical physicist, as well as a bestselling author and the host of two radio programs. He is the co-founder of string field theory (a branch of string theory), and continues Einstein’s search to unite the four fundamental forces of nat...
NEW FARM TO SCHOOL CENSUS: LOCAL FOOD PURCHASING INCREASING
Good eating habits start at home, but schools also need to take a part on this voyage since meals are also prepared an eaten during class hours. On Tuesday, October 20, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced new Farm to School Census data confirming the multiple benefi...
Opening A Daycare In A Nursing Home? Yep! (Video)
What can a 5-year-old learn from a 95-year-old? At Seattle’s Providence Mount St. Vincent nursing home, that question is answered daily. You see, “The Mount” also houses a child care center of 125 tots. And the full cycle of life on display is magic. Special correspondent Cat Wise ...
Primitive Tech: Now He Makes A Bow And Arrows From Scratch!
Using simply things found in the forest, watch as he now makes a bow and arrows from scratch! Here’s an explanation of how he did it… I made this bow and arrow using only primitive tools and materials.The bow is 1.25 m (55 inches) long and shoots 60 cm (2 feet) long arrows. I don&rsqu...
Raising a Wild One: Challenge Accepted
We are raising three wonderful, spirited girls ourselves so when I found this article I thought I would share it with you. Hope you enjoy it. Raising a spirited child is a blessing and a challenge. They have this beautiful resilience about them and we know in our hearts that this will be vital...
Reading, writing and mud: the growth of Forest Schools
Out of love for our children and out of wanting them to have the best and happiest life, we have explored different ways to educate them, fostering their passions and allowing them to be free and hopefully thrive in an environment that supports their passions and interests. I really enjoyed reading ...
Rescuing The Past - An Old Pot Belly Stove
This antique, Estate Oak, cast iron parlor stove was manufactured in 1893. The model is 'Hot Storm', and it was the 53rd unit off the line for that model, noted by a stamp on the underside of the nickel skirt. It was rescued from an abandoned mine outside on Breckenridge Colorado in the 1970's. Th...
School Is Becoming Obsolete As Fast As Technology Moves Forward
The standard for homework set by educators is known as the “10-minute rule.” That means 10 minutes per grade level per night (ie: first graders get 10 minutes, 8th graders get 80 minutes), with recommendations for no homework for kindergarteners. A new study of over 1,000 primary and sec...
Schools are teaching kids to meditate so that they’ll be more focused and less stressed
Meditation is being taught at some schools to help children find a centered and calm place. For those of us older than 30 and not from southern California, meditation was not part of our childhood curriculum. If we engaged in deep breathing, it was because we were running too fast, not because we we...
Serving Organic School Lunches Since 2003! And The Winner Is...
ORGANIC SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM In 2003 we approached schools in the county with the idea of providing pure yet kid friendly meals at lunchtime. Today, we are happy to provide hot organic school lunch options to 1,300 kids a day at 14 schools in Marin (nine private and five public). Good Earth makes ki...
Should Wilderness Education Be Taught In School
According to Ben Fogle, "We need fewer exams and more wilderness in education." "Instead of pumping time and money into exams, we should focus on wellbeing and encouraging children to connect with the natural world." Government plans to introduce national tests for seven-year-olds shows just how far...
Some of The Greatest Trees That Ever Lived
Mariposa Grove is a sequoia grove located near Wawona, California, United States, in the southernmost part of Yosemite National Park. It is the largest grove of Giant Sequoias in the park, with several hundred mature examples of the tree. Two of its trees are among the 30 largest Giant Sequoias in t...
Spirit Weavers: practicing of basic human skills to ensure the survival of the body and the soul
Spirit Weavers Gathering is a five day celebration of cultures past,  a remembering and practicing of basic human skills to ensure the survival of the body and the soul. Fermenting foods, weaving, dying fabrics, creating ceremony, sharing meals at night and dreams in the morning, drin...
Teach Children To Value Nature. Here's One Way To Do It....
In Tulsa Oklahoma, we have a terrific zoo.   We feel like it's "our zoo" because we've been annual members ever since our kids were babies.  We had a neighbor who fed the bears, and we have just felt a part of their system.  One neat program here at the zoo is our nature exchange. It ...
Terraeden Biotecture Northern Rivers Build with Time Lapse Video
After the success of the first build we did, we were ready to embark on the second experiment. The build in Bundaberg was a stunning example of an Earthship inspired dwelling done on a very large scale with new materials adapted into its design for the climate. It then became time to do something si...
Texas School Triples Recess Time And Sees Immediate Positive Results In Kids
More and more, parents are protesting school policies that allow teachers and administrators to withhold recess to punish student misbehavior. Common infractions include tardiness, acting out in class and failure to complete homework—everyday childhood behaviors that result in numerous childre...
The Breakdown: How RV Solar Works (video)
Excerpt from Gone With The Wyn's:  "We’re no “Solar Experts” but we practically have our PHD in Trial and Error.  When we take on a complicated subject, such as off-the-grid solar applications, we research online, call the manufacturers of the products and take in as...
The College of Lost Arts
A small college in Charleston, South Carolina, seeks to revive the centuries-old fine building trades. When Hurricane Hugo hit Charleston, South Carolina, in 1989, its Category 4 winds carried off nearly every roof in town, leaving homes and businesses to be flooded by torrential rain. Not since the...
The Decline of Play in Preschoolers — and the Rise in Sensory Issues
Valerie Strauss  (iStock) Here is a new post from pediatric occupational therapist Angela Hanscom, author of a number of popular posts on this blog, including “Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today,” as well as “The right — and surprisingly wrong &md...
The Proposal And The Plan - A Tax Free America
When our parents were kids, there were less people to deal with, less taxes, less roads, less regulations.  The world has twice the population now that it did then.  The IRS is nicer now, but the legal system is over cluttered with more laws than ever, and peoples rights are being trounced...
The Top Ten Things Parents Hate About Common Core - And Reasons To Home or Privately School Your Children
Top Ten Things Parents Hate About Common Core This is the first year most parents have heard about common core, and they don't like it one bit! This is the year new national Common Core tests kick in, replacing state tests in most locales, courtesy of an eager Obama administration and the future gen...
The truth about why raw milk is illegal
by Yelena Sukhoterina Have you ever wondered why RAW milk is illegal? While the main argument by the FDA is that it has a higher chance of having Salmonella, E. coli, or Listeria bacteria, the same can be said for many types of sushi and unpasteurized cider, believe it or not. Yet those are le...
There's Power In The Atmosphere: Watch It Power This Motor
I had never heard of a hexicopter before this, but this video seriously got my mind reeling and wanting to explore this potential energy on a larger scale.   As you find and dig up great links of others doing so, please post them below in the comments!  New techs and sources of energy will...
This is One of the Reasons Why Finland has the Best Schools
Finland has vastly improved in reading, math and science literacy over the past decade in large part because its teachers are trusted to do whatever it takes to turn young lives around. The Harvard education professor Howard Gardner once advised Americans, "Learn from Finland, which has the most ef...
This Man Will Teach Us New Things About The Old Ways Of Working With Stone
(16 photos, 2 videos) Arnaldo Costa is an old world stone mason who would much rather do things himself.  He knows all the tricks for lifting and splitting and building with, cutting and chiseling rock to make anything he sets his mind to.  Watch as he emplores his terrific ...
This Real Life 'Magic School Bus' Can Drive You Across the Surface of Mars
Lockheed Martin's Generation Beyond initiative aims to "inspire the next generation of innovators, explorers, inventors and pioneers to pursue STEM careers." And what better way to spark young students' curiosity than to give them ride on a bus that simulates a ride across the Martian surface? Pass...
Top 40 Useful Sites To Learn New Skills
Forget overpriced schools, long days in a crowded classroom, and pitifully poor results. These websites and apps cover myriads of science, art, and technology topics. They will teach you practically anything, from making hummus to building apps in node.js, most of them for free. There is absolutely ...
Tutankhamun's Knife was 'Made From Meteorite Iron'
"The dagger is exceptional because of its composition and its high manufacturing quality", researchers say. A dagger entombed alongside the mummy of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun was made with iron that came from a meteorite. The weapon was one of a pair of daggers discovered by British archaeologis...
Unschooling Kids: Could Minecraft hold the key to the future of how kids learn…?
As I am reading this article I am bound to think about my own children and how Minecraft has helped them. I see my now six year old create worlds were imagination has no limits and were she can create spaces that show creativity resourcefulness and being an Architect to see them build beautiful spac...
Using Nature to Nurture: Alaska Forest Schools Move the Classroom Outdoors
Studies show time and time again that exposing children to the outdoors and play maked them better learners. This school in Alaska is taking this information at heart and doing great things. One by one, Lia Keller’s students hopped down from their parents’ minivans or SUVs and scooted ac...
Vatican Library Digitizes 4,400 Ancient Manuscripts and Gives Them Away for Free
The Vatican Apostolic Library is now digitizing its valuable ancient religious manuscripts and putting them online via its website. All of the content is available for free. The Library was originally founded in 1451 AD and holds over 80,000 manuscripts, prints, drawings, plates and books print...
Vintage Life Hacks From 100 Years Ago That Are Still Genius Today
The term life hacks is relatively new, but did you know that they have been around for a very long time? That’s right. In the 1900s, Gallaher’s Cigarettes started putting stiff paper in their packs of cigarettes to help add some strength because it made them last longer. Over time, someo...
Walking Your Kids to School could Result in Criminal Charges
Imagine walking your child to school and suddenly an officer tells you that you’re trespassing and need to get off the premises. That’s the policy that Bear Branch Elementary School is implementing against parents. The tactic, according the original report by FOX 26, is to prevent parent...
Want Kids To Listen More, Fidget Less? Try More Recess... This School Did
Four times a day, the doors of Eagle Mountain Elementary in Fort Worth, Texas, fling open to let bouncy, bubbly, excited kindergarteners and first-graders pounce onto the playground. The youngest kids at this school now enjoy two 15-minute breaks in the morning and two in the afternoon for a total o...
We Owe It All To A Farmer, So Thank One Today
There was a time when many people lived off their land.  They harvested their own food, made bread from their grain, milked and butchered their own cattle for meat, had chickens for eggs, then later for dinner.  This was a life not suited to everyone.  Working from the crack...
Welsh Thatcher Seeks Apprentice To Carry On The Trade
"One of Wales’ last remaining thatchers is hoping to recruit an apprentice to help preserve his dying trade. Watch the video at this link:  http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/welsh-roof-thatcher-who-looking-11421064 Alan Jones, 62, from Newport, Pembrokeshire , could retire in f...
What Happened When My School Ended Useless Homework?
"What the research shows is that, in countries where they spend more time on homework, the achievement results are lower," Dr Walker, from Sydney University's Education Faculty, said. Anyone who closely follows the debate about the value of homework at different grades knows about a famous meta-anal...
What Is A Master Gardener, And How To Become One
On Becoming a Master Gardener Master Gardeners are a diverse lot. They come in many ages and from all walks of life. But the one thing they all have in common is the desire to share gardening knowledge and experience with other gardeners. The Master Gardener idea was born back in the early 1970s. S...
What is Nixtamalization? And Why You Should Know?
Nixtamalization (from the Spanish "Nixtamalización") describes the process for any grain that can be used to remove the pericarp, by cooking and steeping the dried kernels with water and lime (calcium hydroxide). This process provides several nutritional benefits, converting maize into dough ...
What is Project Stoke and Why Should I Care?
What is Project Stoke? Creating connections and inspiring entrepreneurs to fuel a cookstove revolution. Our focus is to provide cookstoves in a way that proactively creates economic benefits, in addition to the health benefits that cookstoves themselves provide. Our C...
What Is The First Thing I Should Do To Start Living Off The Grid? Thank You!
What is the first thing I should do to start living off the grid?    Living Off The Grid response: That is the reason we spend so much time ... Over 1000 articles per year cataloguing many of the options and possibilities. It's an educational and societal equati...
What Makes People Want To Live Off The Grid?
Ebelin Rosas Aug 6th, 7:13pm "Hi my name is Ebelin and I'm doing a speech on living off the grid. I was wondering if you can answer some questions?"   "What personal problems or society problems would make people want to live off grid? How can living off grid help?" ...
What These School Lunch Ladies Did Is Simply Unbelieveable!
We’re all human beings. We all eat, we all sleep. We all love and care for our children. But around the world there are many different cultures, and each of those cultures can sometimes have a different definition for a few things, including what caring for children looks like. In most of the ...
When Is It Okay To Take Your Kids Out Of School
FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV The father of two elementary aged children proved to be the real MVP when he replied to a letter from his children’s school that said they were not accepting a family trip to Boston as an excusable absence. Michael Rossi took to Facebook to share the let...
When You Plan To Go Off The Grid, Here's Where To Start
This is for both knowledge and preparation.  We all know the pitfalls of living in certain parts of the world.  If you live on the ocean, there is always the risk of Tsunami, battering winds from storms or hurricanes.  If you live on a fault, there are earthquakes.  If you live n...
Which Eggs Are Best? Organic, Free Range, Or Conventional?
Glance down at that fresh egg in the carton, and what do you see? A versatile food and a near-perfect capsule of energy and protein? Or a stealthy delivery system for Salmonella bacteria? If you chose the latter, it's probably because you remember the August 2010 Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak, whi...
Why I Chose To Un-School My Son
Learning from you interests, fostering your curiosity and you passion, to me this is what this method of learning brings to the table. You never loose the wonder because there are no restrictions to what you can learn. Now more than ever before our society is seeing the need to take matters into our...