Here is a great site for those of your who are students of philosophy. You’ll find articles on philosophers from Plato to Nietzsche, and definitions of terms from determinism to logical positivism. No deep links on this one, because it’s all in frames, but it’s a great site, and worth a bit of your time.
If you are into mythology, or just need to look something up, do yourself a favor, and check out THEOI GREEK MYTHOLOGY. This site contains information about the heroes, gods, creatures and spirits in classical art and literature. Check out the statue of Atlas on the front page, and then explore at your leisure. This is a fine use of internet real estate.
Love to read? Check out the Forbidden Library. It’s not full of racy books, but it is full of books that have been banned for one reason or another, in one place or another, and most of them are books you know and love. Books like Alice in Wonderland and The Call of the Wild. Yeah, crazy, right?
Here’s an online university for you to check out. Columbia Southern University was developed as an alternative to the traditional universities. The classes are designed to fit into the lives of those who don’t have traditional work schedules, such as law enforcement professionals, members of the military or paramedics, and others with demanding and unpredictable occupations. You shouldn’t be held back from your dreams because you are doing a service for others, right? Finally! A school that offers what you want, when you want it. It can work for you while you keep on working! CSU offers several levels of degrees and certifications, and your program can be completed entirely online.
Rhetoric is the study of effective speaking and writing. And the art of persuasion. And many other things. You can find out more about it at Silva Rhetoricae. Scroll down the middle section to learn how the author intended the site to be used and how he laid it out. You can get a quick overview, or spend substantially more time to get a thorough understanding.
Today’s neat thing is something I’d like to see. The thought was inspired by a website that focuses on some schools in St Louis, which you can check out here. My thought was, wouldn’t it be neat if there were sites like this for cities all over the country, that listed all the colleges and what they offered? There must be 10 assorted higher ed schools in my immediate area. It would be cool to be able to compare them all on one site, ykwim? Putting it all together is a bit more than I am willing to tackle, but I sure do wish someone else would do it!
Navtej Kohli has been gracious enough to sponsor a post about my favorite charity. In fact, he‘s sponsored several across my different blogs, and I’ll be highlighting a different charity for each sponsorship, but I’m making them all local, in a state wide sort of way. Right now, I want to tell you about All Kinds of Minds. This organization is rated 4 stars by Charity Navigators, and it’s self-stated primary goal is to “educate teachers, parents, educational specialists, psychologists, pediatricians, and students about differences in learning, so that children who are struggling in school because of the way their brains are “wired” are no longer misunderstood.” All Kinds of Minds believes that the key to helping a child is to pinpoint that child’s strengths and weaknesses in learning, and then help parents and teachers develop a program for that specific child. I don’t think it gets any closer to homeschooling than that, except for, you know, actual home schooling and all.
I want to thank Navtej for the opportunity to talk about an organization that’s making a difference to kids right here in my home state. We cannot make a better investment than pouring our resources into our children.
I was just looking at the Le Cordon Bleu Pâtisserie and Baking Program at http://www.miamiculinary.com/. The site is in frames, so i can’t get a direct link for you, but trust me when I say this is a neat thing. No, I take that back, don’t trust me; go check it out for yourself. The program lasts just nine months, bit the list of stuff you’ll learn to make and do is impressive: tartlets, creams, icings, pies, cakes, principles of kitchen management, specialty yeast dough, sponge dough, and decorate cakes ranging from simple royal icing to wedding cakes just to start!
This is one course I’d love to take myself! I may just use that list to design my own self taught course since leaving home for nine months isn’t exactly an option just now.
I’ve said before on my blogs that education is important. If you are not in a position to get to a brick and mortar campus, don’t be afraid to check out cyber-courses like those offered by Capella. You can earn actual university degrees online, right from home.
Capella was in the news recently, when Tammy Alexander was awarded the 2006 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award. She a master’s degree student at Capella and was honored for her work in cybersecurity. The award is given to recognize the achievements of individuals and organizations who are actively involved in community crime prevention, and is given annually to one individual or organization from each of the FBI’s 56 field offices.
Today’s neat thing is a photo school. Brooks offers several degrees in the photography field, and you can apply online. Go check out the gallery for some great shots! It will surely inspire you. The underwater photography classes look awesome!! It’s a hands-on class with most of the instructional time spent at Santa Barbara Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
I only wish they had some sort of correspondence program. I just can’t pull up and go to California for several years. Maybe in a couple of decades, eh?
Here is a page for the info geek in all of us. How Stuff Works has information on just about everything. Grab a lab coat and check it out! The write-ups here are clear and easy to understand, and the search bar at the top makes it easy to find whatever you are looking for. Of course, you can also just browse the site using the menu in the sidebar. That’s what a true information junkie *cough* me *cough* would do.
There’s more than enough here to keep you busy for a week!
Today’s neat-ness is an interesting discussion of the Socratic Method , used on 3rd graders. The Socratic method is a way of helping people find answers for themselves, and is very affective at any age for teaching. I also personally find it works great fro settling arguments. It’s hard to scream at someone while you are asking a question.