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  1. Apologies for posting here - I don't have high school age children. Calvin is reasoning at a high level and I was wondering about putting him in for a classical civilisation exam that is taken by sixteen year olds in the UK. I finally decided against it, because I assumed that his writing skills just weren't ready. This is absolutely not a problem - I feel no need to push him beyond his abilities. Anyway, the online tutor had a look at a piece that Calvin wrote (entirely independently), and said he'd be fine for the exam. This is a tutor whom some online friends have used and been happy with. I was quite shocked that what he had written was considered adequate, so I thought I'd ask you: "Carnegie... was no better than an outlaw.. [he] had stolen the work of others and taken it for himself." Discuss Andrew Carnegie was the richest man in the world of his time. He made his money in the steel industry and then did something almost unprecedented: he gave it all away. He built libraries, opera houses, church organs, you name it. Yet despite being the biggest philanthropist of his time, he had a downside as well. Carnegie revolutionised the steel industry by finding out what actually happened inside a blast furnace. Thus he created the American steel industry almost from scratch. At the beginning of the American Civil War, America imported all of its steel rails. By 1873, the US was producing 115 000 tons of steel. This was all due to Carnegie. As well as increasing output, Carnegie upped the quality of steel. His company set the standards for steel price and quality. With the money ($477 million) from the sale of his company, Carnegie started donating. He constructed thousands of libraries, which had not been available before. He commissioned Carnegie Hall, a prestigious concert venue in New York. He also bought organs for churches across the country. Not everyone thought kindly of Carnegie, though. Some argued that the only reason he was so rich in the first place was because he had spent years underpaying his steelworkers. Carnegie countered with an amazing declaration. He said that rich people were smarter than poor ones - that was how they got rich. Therefore, rich people had a duty to the poor to help them. There is no doubt that Andrew Carnegie was a genius. That does not necessarily mean that he was a good man, though. On balance, he was a scheming trickster who maneged [sic] to win the cupboard love of his generation purely by cunning. Bibliography: The Story of the World, Volume 4 by Susan Wise Bauer; A History of US, Volume 8, by Joy Hakim; A History of the American People, by Paul Johnson
  2. It's looking like next year's lit/comp is going to be heavily weighted toward British Lit of the Victorian era... so I thought I'd ask if anyone had suggestions to add to our list... We're starting with: Kim Three Men in a Boat Nicholas Nickleby The Importance of Being Earnest On the Origin of Species (Those five are pretty much non-negotiable because of various other things they match up to...) Then there are some possibilities to add in: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (he's wanted to read it for a while) Dracula (I've wanted him to read it for a while!) Some selection of the Sherlock Holmes stories Possibly Pygmalion, even though it's a little late (1912) Something by Gilbert and Sullivan (H.M.S. Pinafore seems the obvious choice) Some poetry (Tennyson, the Brownings) I might have to throw in Frankenstein although I found it deadly boring when I read it ages ago.... And I probably need to throw in a Bronte (or something) but I don't know which. The themes that come to mind are: Changing roles of children/ education Gender and class Colonialism Religion and spiritualism, and morality Science Travel Writing (as a sort-of-genre) Satire We've already read (but may need to revisit) some other books that would fit - A Christmas Carol, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, Flatland... What would you add?
  3. Does anyone know if Susan plans on continuing with more of the HS series? I noticed that the only one available ends with the fall of Rome? When will others in the series be ready, if there are going to be more? Also I glanced over the sample chapters, but didn't see any lists of books to go along with the chapters. Does anyone have any input on how this program works or how other books are added in to this? TIA
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