Shouldn’t Miss News of the Week

Here are five articles I came across last week that you shouldn’t miss. Enjoy!

Much-criticized ‘drum major’ quote on Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial to be removed: The paraphrased statement “I was a drum major for justice peace and righteousness” will be completely removed and not replaced with the true quote.  I wonder if a teaching moment could be missed by the alteration, what do you think?

This week in history, 258 years ago: Catherine Ray and Ben Franklin’s Secret: An interesting story on a decade’s-long (mostly) penpal relationship between Benjamin Franklin and Catherine Ray Greene of Block Island, Rhode Island.

Archaeologists Find Ancient Evidence Of Cheese-Making: This neat story is about archaeological findings that claim that cheese-making is at least 7,000 years old!  I’ve never made cheese, but I’d like to try to someday.

4 Costly Myths About World Heritage: From National Geographic, well worth the read.

How a School Project Saved Muncie’s Historic Neighborhoods: This story circulated earlier this week starting on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s blog, and soon elsewhere, so maybe you’ve read it already.  If you haven’t, you should because it shows the power of what can happen when students are given a great project with room to flourish when it comes to our historic places and neighborhoods.

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For more, head on over to Bricks + Mortar’s post “This Week.”

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2 Responses to Shouldn’t Miss News of the Week

  1. Erik says:

    I can relate to the story in Muncie. We nomiated the old high school in town for the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois through our Main Street organization and it was actually selected.

    http://www.landmarks.org/ten_most.htm

    Too many old neighborhood schools have gotten the short end of the stick and the community has been hurt because of it.

    • I agree completely, and sadly this is happening everywhere. My neighborhood school was shuttered some years ago now, despite it being amongst the top ranking in student test scores and other performance indicators. Now the students (K-6) must be bussed 15 minutes away (plus more time for the time spent at bus stops) to a different school. The school building sadly sits vacant, but as it has the only city playground in the area, the city still needs to provide upkeep on that while the building in front of it looks increasingly neglected.

      Congratulations on getting the local high school onto the Endangered List so that it gets the recognition it deserves.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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