Monthly Archives: June 2017

George Bernard Shaw on Duty

“When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.”

George Bernard Shaw

Excerpted from: Winokur, Jon, ed. The Portable Curmudgeon. New York: Plume, 1992.

Word Root Exercise: Ornith/o

I think this worksheet on the Greek word root ornith/o introduces students to several words educated people should know, and which stand a very good chance of showing up on the SAT and other high-stakes college entrance exams.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Education as a Human Right

“I believe in the existence of a great, immutable principle of natural law, or natural ethics which proves the absolute right of every human being that comes into the world to an education; and which, of course, proves the correlative duty of every government to see that the means of an education are provided for all.”

Horace Mann As Quoted in Places for Learning, Places for Joy: Speculations on American School Reform by Theodore R. Sizer (1973)

Excerpted from: Howe, Randy, ed. The Quotable Teacher. Guilford, CT: The Lyons Press, 2003.

Recite (vt/vi)

Here is a context clues worksheet on the verb recite; it’s used both transitively and intransitively.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Rotten Reviews: Francis Bacon

“His faults were–we write it with pain–coldness of heart, and meanness of spirit. He seems to have been incapable of feeling strong affection, of facing great dangers, of making great sacrifices. His desires were set on things below, titles, patronage, the mace, the seals, the coronet, large houses, fair gardens, rich manors, many services of pate…”

T.B. Macaulay, Essays 1842

Excerpted from: Bernard, Andre, and Bill Henderson, eds. Pushcart’s Complete Rotten Reviews and Rejections. Wainscott, NY: Pushcart Press, 1998.

Cultural Literacy: The Invisible Hand

As I’ve mentioned, probably ad nauseam at this point, I work in an economics and finance-themed high school in the financial district in Lower Manhattan. Wherever you work, however, if you teach high school social studies, or anything to do with early theories of capitalism, especially anything on Adam Smith, then you may well find this Cultural Literacy worksheet on the invisible hand useful.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Keynes on Education

“Education: the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the indifferent by the incompetent.”

John Maynard Keynes

Excerpted from: Winokur, Jon, ed. The Portable Curmudgeon. New York: Plume, 1992.