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I have not seen home schoolers or unschoolers sharing information about Project Gutenberg and Librivox. They are FREE!

Some of the people promoting home schooling do seem to be trying to turn it into businesses creating income streams for themselves .
I recommend Project Gutenberg. Often to people. I don't find it to be a good curriculum, school teaching source.

It is good for reading, first hand accounts of African American Slave Narratives. Several hundred or so exist.

On here that would be a great thread topic of discussion. The accounts are very interesting.
 
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umbrarchist

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I recommend Project Gutenberg. Often to people. I don't find it to be a good curriculum, school teaching source.

It is good for reading, first hand accounts of African American Slave Narratives. Several hundred or so exist.
Fabian Essays in Socialism, by George Bernard Shaw

One problem with this society is being propagandized into accepting the approved beliefs. Like Adam Smith's "Invisible Hand". But his Wealth of Nations can be downloaded and searched. He used the word 'education' Eighty Times and Invisible Hand only once. He wrote "read, write and account" multiple times, not "read, write and arithmetic".

Ever heard anyone advocate mandatory accounting/finance in the schools?

That book on socialism is recent so I have not finished it. I knew George Bernard Shaw, H. G. Wells and John Maynard Keynes were Fabian Socialists. But I never heard of that book. We are propagandized against socialism by people who say nothing about planned obsolescence.

That book is from 1911. Before Keynes became famous and WWI, nuclear weapons and electronic computers and planned obsolescence. But the capitalist-socialist crap is still going on.

Probably less than 5% of PG's 69,000 works are worth reading and seriously thinking about. Why people bother digitizing books on anatomy from 1850 is beyond me. But sharing information and thoughts on worthwhile works in PG could be quite useful.

High School students saving time listening to audiobooks of antiquated literature could be helpful. I had to read The Scarlet Letter in high school. Today I could listen to the public domain audiobook while I walked to school.
 
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The Higher Education of Women​

by Emily Davies​


That book is from 1866! WTF!

More than 100 years before I graduated from high school! Why not high school math books from the 1920s to 1950s, or accounting books from that period?

They can't find books more useful than that to provide easy, free access to?
 

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@umbrarchist ... Thanks for sharing! You've spoken on education often, reading, etc.

If you could teach a class, what would the topic be?

I've imagined reading / science fiction, as you have mentioned it as well, but I don't really know.

Perhaps something more techy?

Yes, the technology is here, we can teach our own children. There should be some group effort, to give the babies a place to come and learn, from those that know. It seems sort of easy on the surface, but it can be a daunting task. In our early years here at destee, we had classes and there was an open invitation to anyone that wanted to teach, any topic, they could. So many years, so many challenges, so many changes, efforts come and go, but it is certainly very do-able. A lot easier now than in years past.

Yeah ... what would be the topic of your class, if you had one?

I wanna sign-up! :)

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Destee
I have taught small classes on computers at two different companies I worked for. This was before 2000 and fast internet was not available.

I engaged in an information exchange with a Black man when I was the computer tech at a hospital. He was a Bible expert and read 3 languages though I am not sure he qualified as a Christian. He was very suspicious of ancient scribes. I tutored him about computers.

He was shocked when I called computers "stupid". I have had very few teachers I liked, maybe 2. I consider crappy books to be a major part of our education problem. One excellent book can be worth 10 mediocre books and 100 crappy books. Probably more than 100 because crappy books can cause people to lose interest in the subject.

I think the education business should be very afraid of computer technology but I expect them to manipulate it to serve their economic interests. What is the difference between a degree in Computer Science versus one in Information Technology? Whatever the school decides.

In 1980 an IBM 3033 mainframe cost $3,000,000. Anyone can go to a pawnshop and buy a used computer for $300 that would be 100 or more times as powerful as that mainframe. But go to a major library in a big city and see how many computer books they have. Where do you start? Go to school and pay them to dribble out information at $300 per class?

But then there is physics in a country where people don't ask about the steel in a 1400 foot skyscraper. That is really weird to me. But way less complicated than computers.

I have suggested this video:



IBM flew me to Atlanta and Dallas a dozen times or more for training on various machines and no class explained as much fundamentals as that video. Corporate knowledge is limited to what serves the interests of the corporation, not what you can take anywhere to serve your own purposes.
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Edison touts educational films in The New York Times

Date(s) 1911​


That is funny! I wouldn't trust Edison because he would say that for the money. And in 1911 there was no sound. They didn't even have color.

But today I consider teachers giving lectures in classrooms to be obsolete. But Internet videos have the same problem as books. I have watched at least a dozen videos on how CPUs work. That is the best one I have seen. But there is something that it does not mention though it might be somewhat historical/esoteric.

That computer design is called the "von Neumann architecture". If a mathematician gave you a list of the top 10 mathematicians of the 20 century then John von Neumann would probably be in the top 3. IBM hired John von Neumann as a consultant in 1951. But the entire time I worked there I never heard or read any mention of him. I have gone into bookstores and looked in entire shelves of computer books checking the indexes for his name and not found it. One time I saw it on an index and went to the page and all it was was a list of people like Atanasoff and Turing etc., famous computer pioneers

Most of the times when I have found the term "von Neumann architecture" the explanation has been crappy, they say "input-processing-output" like that helps anybody understand anything. The good explanations have been in electronics books but they never say "von Neumann architecture".
 
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