Harrison Bergeron and the pros and cons of equality

A good debate entertains, provokes, and challenges. A controversial dystopia does the same. Put them together and you have one engaging lesson. In Kurt Vonnegut’s classic dystopia, Harrison Bergeron, the government achieves equality (and avoids inferiority) by hampering or disabling individual talents. For example, intelligence is hampered with headphones that transmit distracting noises, strength is […]

The Greco-Persian Wars

On one side sits a world power and on the other side sits a collection of city-states. Who will win? In the fifth century BC, the Persian Empire was the dominant force in Mesopotamia and one of the largest in terms of geographic size in world history. By the late 400s BC, the Persian Empire […]

Revisiting the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 20 is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This year, invite students to open their minds by first opening their ears. Explore Dr. King’s continued significance through music. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Christopher Columbus are the only historical figures who never served as President for which the Federal government commemorates with a day […]

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