Author: Spencer Campbell

The Garden of Forking Paths by Jorge Luis Borges

The Garden of Forking Paths by Jorge Luis Borges I On page 22 of Liddell Hart’s History of World War I you will read that an attack against the Serre-Montauban line by thirteen British divisions (supported by 1,400 artillery pieces), planned for the 24th of July, 1916, had to be postponed until the morning of the 29th. The torrential rains, Captain Liddell Hart comments, caused this delay, an insignificant one, to be sure. The following statement, dictated, reread and signed by Dr. Yu Tsun, former professor of English at the Hochschule at Tsingtao, throws an unsuspected light over the whole affair. The first two pages of the document are missing. “. . . and I hung up the receiver. Immediately afterwards, I recognized the voice that had answered in German. It was that of Captain Richard Madden. Madden’s presence in Viktor Runeberg’s apartment meant the end of our anxieties and—but this seemed, or should have seemed, very secondary to me—also the end of our lives. It meant that Runeberg had been arrested or murdered.[1] Before the sun set on that day, I would encounter the same fate. Madden was implacable. Or rather, he was obliged to be so. An Irishman at the service of England, a man accused of laxity and perhaps of treason, how could he fail to seize and be thankful for such a miraculous opportunity: the discovery, capture, maybe even the death of...

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Nelson Mandela and education in the home

I am in the middle of reading the autobiography of Nelson Mandela and wanted to share a little bit. Here is a quote from the book. Like all Xhosa children, I acquired knowledge mainly through observation. We were meant to learned through imitation and emulation, not through questions. When I first visited the homes of whites, I was often dumbfounded by the number and nature of questions that children asked of their parents— and their parents’ unfailing willingness to answered them. I’m my household, questions were considered a nuisance; adults impart information as the considered necessary.   (Mandela 11) This is interesting, because in my classroom I want questions, lots of them. Questions are a way that I know students are engaged and thinking. I know that this was a different time and place, but it is still interesting to see how an entire culture viewed education and questioning. How was questioning and education handled in your home growing...

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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov Full Text

Spellchecked by M. Avrekh, 21 Dec 1999 FOREWORD “Lolita, or the Confession of a White Widowed Male,” such were the two titles under which the writer of the present note received the strange pages it preambulates. “Humbert Humbert,” their author, had died in legal captivity, of coronary thrombosis, on November 16, 1952, a few days before his trial was scheduled to start. His lawyer, my good friend and relation, Clarence Choate Clark, Esq., now of the District of Columbia bar, in asking me to edit the manuscript, based his request on a clause in his client’s will which empowered...

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The Importance of Writing Things Down: Keeping Kids Organized

The Importance of Writing Things Down:Keeping Kids Organized Even though this graphic was built for college age students, I think that there are some very important facts, ideas, and information that Middle School students can take from it. Taking notes and more importantly, keeping a planner/calendar of some sort, are the biggest tools for helping students be successful. I have many students who are brilliant and hardworking, but their organization skills are not the best. We try very hard to help students write and keep a daily planner. I have found that just writing things down is not good enough. Students should be checking their planners every night before bed and every morning before they leave for school. This daily inventory of responsibilities will create success for them....

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