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  Francis Bacon: The Temper of a Man, by Catherine Drinker Bowen The Baconian Method/Scientific Method CloudBiography Video: Sir Francis Bacon Biography Novum Organum, by Francis Bacon Then & Now video: Francis Bacon – Introduction to the Philosophy of Induction The Essays, by Francis Bacon Hostage to Fortune: The Troubled Life of Francis Bacon, by Lisa Jardine and Alan Stewart Let’s Talk Philosophy video: Sir Francis Bacon The Advancement of Learning, by Francis Bacon Statue of Sir Francis Bacon, Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Education tax credits don’t cost taxpayers a cent

This op-ed has appeared in WGBH News, The Providence Journal, and Worcester Telegram & Gazette. In a republic based on the consent of the governed, there is a strong public interest in having an educated citizenry. Yet in Massachusetts, the cradle of public schooling in America where the state constitution directs us to “cherish” education, we seem to dole out incentives for just about everything except education. Consider the Race Horse Development Fund. Since 2014, the commonwealth has spent nearly $80 million to subsidize a horse racing industry that’s dying from the increasing availability of other forms of gambling. Since most of the fund’s money comes from a tax on Plainridge Park Casino revenue, it amounts to a transfer from gamblers, who tend […]

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Sources for “The 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower”: Mayflower: The Ship that Started a Nation, by Rebecca Siegel The Story of the Pilgrims, by Katharine Ross The Thanksgiving Story, by Alice Dalgliesh Squanto’s Journey (The Story of the First Thanksgiving), by Joseph Bruchac What Was the First Thanksgiving?, by Joan Holub William Bradford Pilgrim Boy, by Bradford Smith The Adventurous Life of Myles Standish and the Amazing-but-True Survival Story of Plymouth Colony, by Cheryl Harness American Experience: The Pilgrims, by PBS and Ric Burns, DVD Of Plymouth Plantation: 1620-1645, Modernized & Abridged, Mayflower Quadricentennial Edition, by William Bradford The Story of the Mayflower Compact, by Norman Richards Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War, by Nathaniel Philbrick The Courtship of […]

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Getting to Know the Native American Indian Tribes – U.S. History for Kids – Children’s American History, By Baby Professor Pocahontas, By Ingri & Edgar Parin d’Aulaire Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving, By Joseph Bruchac Children of the Longhouse, By Joseph Bruchac Who Was Sacagawea? By Judith Bloom Fradin Who Was Sitting Bull? By Stephanie Spinner The Last of the Mohicans, By James Fenimore Cooper (author), Deanna McFadden (editor), Classic Starts®, (grades 2-4) The Last of the Mohicans, By James Fenimore Cooper (author), By Malvina Vogel (adapter), Great Illustrated Classics, (grades 4-7) 500 Nations: An Illustrated History of North American Indians, By Alvin M. Josephy Jr. 500 Nations (DVD), Produced by Jack Leustig The Patriot Chiefs: A […]

Disputing Democracy – 5 Contentious U.S. Presidential Elections – Resources for K-12 Education

In Pioneer’s ongoing series of blogs, on curricular resources for parents, families, and teachers during COVID-19, this one focuses on: Introducing K-12 schoolchildren to the great, contentious presidential elections in U.S. history.

Medical Inventions – Additional Resources

  Cotton Mather, Smallpox Inoculation, Boston, MA, 1721 Samuel Adams & John Hancock, First Medical Society, Boston, MA, 1781 Harvard Medical School, Early Medical School, Boston, MA, 1782 Massachusetts General Hospital/Ether Dome, Teaching Hospital, Boston, MA, 1811 William T.G. Morton & Dr. John Warren, First Anesthesia for Surgery, Boston, MA, 1846 Dr. Lydia Folger Fowler, First American Female Medical Doctor, Nantucket, MA, 1850 Rebecca Lee Crumpler, First African-American Female Medical Doctor, Boston, MA, 1864 Clara Barton, Nurse & American Red Cross Founder, North Oxford, MA, 1881 Alfred Bosworth, First Infant Formula, Boston, MA, 1919-20 Philip Drinker & Dr. Louis Agassiz Shaw, First Development & Use of Iron Lung, Boston, MA, 1928 Robert Gross, First Surgery on Congenital Heart Defect, Boston, […]

The Republic of Gadgets – America’s Great Inventors – 25 Resources for K-12 Education

Understanding the enduring public and private benefit that great inventors and their contraptions have made to our civilization is to better appreciate the connections between human necessity, creativity, and ingenuity. Yet, in American K-12 education very little focus is placed on studying who America’s great inventors were and the central role they’ve played in shaping our republic of gadgets. We’re offering a variety of links on the topic for parents, teachers, and schoolchildren to enjoy and better realize authentic innovators.

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Benjamin Franklin, Kite Experiment, Philadelphia, PA, 1752 The Founding Fathers, the U.S. Constitution and the Experiment in Ordered Liberty, Philadelphia, PA, 1788 to the Present The United States Patent and Trademark Office, Washington, D.C., 1790 to the Present Eli Whitney, the Cotton Gin, Savannah, GA, 1793 Robert Fulton, the Steamboat, Submarine, and Torpedo, NYC, 1807 Samuel Colt, Colt Fire-Arms, Paterson, NJ, 1836 Samuel Morse, Telegraph System and Morse Code, Washington, D.C., 1844 Charles Goodyear, Vulcanized Rubber, Springfield, MA/New York, 1844 Alexander Graham Bell, the Telephone, Boston, MA, 1876 Thomas A. Edison, Light Bulb, Phonograph, Motion Picture Camera, and Research Laboratory, Menlo Park, NJ, 1879 Nikola Tesla, Alternating Current (AC) Induction Motor, NY, 1888 Henry Ford, Model T and Assembly Line, […]

The Houses of Great American Writers – 25 Resources for K-12 Education

According to the Brookings Institution research, teaching great fiction is declining across America’s K-12 education system, so we’re offering resources to help parents, teachers, and schoolchildren to better appreciate great American writers and the places where they wrote.

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  Washington Irving’s House, Sunnyside, Tarrytown, NY James Fenimore Cooper’s House, Otsego Hall, Cooperstown, NY (burned 1852) Edgar Allan Poe’s House, Baltimore, MD Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s House, Cambridge, MA The Old Manse, home to Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne, Concord, MA Henry David Thoreau’s Cabin, Walden Pond, Concord, MA Herman Melville’s House, Arrowhead, Pittsfield, MA Emily Dickinson’s House, Amherst, MA Harriet Beecher Stowe’s House, Brunswick, ME Frederick Douglass’s House, Cedar Hill, Washington, D.C. Walt Whitman’s House, Camden, NJ Mark Twain’s House, Hartford, CT Edith Wharton’s House, The Mount, Lenox, MA Scott Fitzgerald’s House, Great Neck, Long Island, NY Ernest Hemingway’s House, Key West, FL John Steinbeck’s House, Monte Sereno, CA Langston Hughes’s House, Harlem, NYC Zora Neale Hurston’s House, […]

A Commonwealth of Art – 20 Resources for K-12 Art Education

In Pioneer’s ongoing series of blogs here, here, here, and here on curricular resources for parents, families, and teachers during COVID-19, this one focuses on: Introducing K-12 schoolchildren to great works of art about, from, or in Massachusetts. Great Massachusetts paintings, folk, and fine arts are often not fully explored in the Bay State’s K-12 education system, so we’re offering a variety of resources to help parents, teachers, and schoolchildren.

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“King Philip,” illustration published in The Pictorial History of King Philip’s War, circa. 1851 “The Indian archer weathervane,” in copper by Shem Drowne, circa. 1716, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA “Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor,” painting by William Halsall, 1882, Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, MA “Trial of George Jacobs Accused of Witch Craft, August 19, 1692”, painting by Tompkins H. Matteson, 1855, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA “Midnight Ride of Paul Revere,” painting by Grant Wood, 1931, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC “Mrs. James Warren (Mercy Otis),” painting by John Singleton Copley, circa. 1763, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA “George Washington,” bust by Jean-Antoine Houdon, 1786, Boston Athenæum, Boston, MA “Action Between USS Constitution vs Guerriere,” painting by Michel Felice […]

“Architecture is Frozen Music” Great Massachusetts Buildings – 25 Resources for K-12 Education

Understanding enduring public and private architecture is a key way to learn about art, ideas, and how they harmonize with our democracy. Yet, Massachusetts buildings are often never discussed in K-12 education. We’re offering a variety of links about outstanding houses and architecture across the Bay State for parents, teachers, and schoolchildren to enjoy, visit, and better appreciate, including:

More information about historic Massachusetts buildings

Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, MA   House of the Seven Gables, Salem, MA   Historic Deerfield Village, Deerfield, MA   Faneuil Hall, Boston, MA   King’s Chapel, Boston, MA   Old North Church, the North End, Boston   Longfellow House–Washington’s Headquarters, Boston   Peirce-Nichols House, Salem, MA    Custom House, Salem, MA    Arrowhead, Herman Melville House, Pittsfield, MA    John Avery Parker Mansion, New Bedford, MA (demolished-1902) Hockanum Schoolhouse, Hadley, MA   Chesterwood, Stockbridge, MA   Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA   Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston   Ware–Hardwick Covered Bridge, Ware & Hardwick, MA   Chatham Lighthouse, Chatham, MA Naumkeag, MA Field Memorial Library, Conway, MA The Mount Edith Wharton’s House, Lennox, MA Tobacco Sheds, Pioneer Valley, MA   James […]

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The Sacred Cod of Massachusetts, State House, Boston, MA Massasoit Statue, Plymouth, MA Pilgrim Monument, Provincetown, MA The Puritan, Springfield, MA Statue of Anne Hutchinson, State House, Boston The Salem Witch Trials Memorial, Salem, MA The Minute Man, Concord, MA James Otis, Jr. & Mercy Otis Warren, Barnstable/Cape Cod, MA The Boston Women’s Memorial, Commonwealth Ave., Boston Equestrian statue of Paul Revere, the North End, Boston John Adams, the Boston Athenæum, MA Statue of Alexander Hamilton, Commonwealth Ave., Boston The Whaleman Statue & Seamen’s Bethel Cenotaphs, New Bedford, MA Boston Irish Famine Memorial, Boston, MA Homage to Women, Lowell, MA Nathaniel Hawthorne Statue, Salem, MA Frederick Douglass, Faneuil Hall, Boston, MA Sojourner Truth Memorial Statue, Florence, MA Memorial to Robert […]

Daughters of Liberty: Celebrating the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage & History – 10 Key Resources for K-12 Education

In Pioneer’s ongoing series of blogs here, here, and here on curricular resources for parents, families, and teachers during COVID-19, this one focuses on: Celebrating the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage & Women’s History.