Entries Categorized as 'Social World'

Dance Lesson

March 11, 2015

S. demonstrates a jump.

S. demonstrates a jump (Photo by Meredith F.).

This interim focuses on our global community. As a result, one of our Chinese students gave a lesson on a traditional dance. I think I made a good start at learning the twirls, but we did not have time to get to the jumps.

Trying a spin.

Trying a spin (Photo by Meredith F.).

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Maps that Explain …

March 10, 2015

Vox does some great articles using maps to explain things like World War II (which is always a popular middle/high school topic for history papers). What the site does best, is that it accompanies each map with an explanation of what was going on. This results in a set of really interesting vignettes that stoke the curiosity bunkers.

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Sources of Oil Used by the U.S.

August 30, 2014

Randal T. Olson compares the sources of the petroleum the U.S.A. uses, to where people believe the oil comes from.

Canada is the largest source of oil to the U.S.A..

Canada is the largest source of oil to the U.S.A..

While Canada is our major supplier of oil, Americans tend to believe that the oil comes from Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

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The Generic Ad

March 26, 2014

An interesting satire of those generic branding ads that should be useful when studying propaganda and advertising.

The Dish

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Intelligence Squared: The Killer Apps of Western Civilization

March 6, 2014

Naill Ferguson gives a provocative talk about his thesis that there are six “Killer Apps” that made western civilization so successful over the last five centuries.

The killer apps he suggests are:

  • Political and economic competition
  • The scientific method
  • Property rights (linked to voting)
  • Modern Medicine
  • Consumer based economies
  • Protestant work ethic

There’s a PBS series about it as well.

The Intelligence2 podcast, recommended by Mr. Schmidt, is a great resource for talks like this one. They have a nice archive.

Citing this post: Urbano, L., 2014. Intelligence Squared: The Killer Apps of Western Civilization, Retrieved March 27th, 2017, from Montessori Muddle: http://MontessoriMuddle.org/ .
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Global Shipping Patterns Then and Now

January 3, 2014

Ships tracks in black, plotted on a white background, show the outlines of the continents and the predominant tracks on the trade winds.  Image and caption from Sapping Attention.

Ships tracks in black, plotted on a white background, show the outlines of the continents and the predominant tracks on the trade winds. Image and caption from Sapping Attention.

For an interesting historical contrast — that highlights the change from wind to engine powered ships and the opening of the Panama and Suez canals — above is Ben Schmidt’s image created from the log books of U.S. ships in the 19th century, while below is a figure by Ben Halpern showing modern shipping patterns.

This map shows the frequency of shipping traffic along shipping routes around the world, ranging from low (blue) to high (red). Image and caption from SeaWeb.

This map shows the frequency of shipping traffic along shipping routes around the world, ranging from low (blue) to high (red). Image and caption from SeaWeb.

The first image also clearly shows the triangular trade routes between the Americas, Europe and Africa.

Schmidt also has some wonderful videos showing, among other things, the routes of whaling ships that are pushed farther and farther out as they drive whale populations toward extinction.

Citing this post: Urbano, L., 2014. Global Shipping Patterns Then and Now, Retrieved March 27th, 2017, from Montessori Muddle: http://MontessoriMuddle.org/ .
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Global Warming and the War in Syria

September 12, 2013

Reds and oranges highlight lands around the Mediterranean that experienced significantly drier winters during 1971-2010 than the comparison period of 1902-2010. Credit NOAA.

Reds and oranges highlight lands around the Mediterranean that experienced significantly drier winters during 1971-2010 than the comparison period of 1902-2010. Credit NOAA.

A 2011 article from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration linked recent severe droughts in the Mediterranean to anthropogenic climate change. Now Francesco Femia and Caitlin Werrell assert that the drought (and agricultural mismanagement) lead to the displacement of a million and a half people in Syria, which helped spark the current civil war.

Additional links:

The Dish

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A Day of Air Traffic

July 3, 2013

For talking about migration, here’s a short video showing one day’s worth of air traffic around the world from the Zurich School of Applied Sciences. It’s pretty amazing.

Citing this post: Urbano, L., 2013. A Day of Air Traffic , Retrieved March 27th, 2017, from Montessori Muddle: http://MontessoriMuddle.org/ .
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