By: Glenn A. Walker
"I have always endeavoured to draw from the fountain-head; that my curiosity, as well as a sense of duty, has always urged me to study the originals; and that, if they have sometimes eluded my search, I have carefully marked the secondary evidence, on whose faith a passage or a fact were reduced to depend." – Edward Gibbon, author of "The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire." (1776-1788)
The English historian Gibbon is best known for his six volume work on the Roman Empire. He should also be remembered for his tenacious use of primary sources. He is considered by many to be the first modern historian.
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools has published a new report featuring best practices utilized by successful dropout recovery high schools. The report, Over-Age, Under-Credited Students and Public Charter Schools describes the role of charter schools in dropout recovery efforts across the Country. The NAPCS study utilizes an extensive research base to describe the challenges of serving dropouts in terms of limited school options and economic burdens. The report provides case studies to highlight five successful strategies for dropout recovery: competency-based progression; project-based learning; real-world application; flexible calendars and holistic student supports. The NAPCS report recommends four policies at the state and national level to support re-engaging America’s most underserved students:
By: Glenn A. Walker
NFL Films is a production company based in Mt. Laurel, NJ. Since 1962 it has created a filmed record of every NFL game. Their style is memorable because of its slow-motion treatment of great plays and players, the serious baritone narration of game action, and the soaring musical score that sounds like it comes from a Hollywood epic. The company uses the power of imagery to build long-lasting memories of contests played long ago. Steve Sabol, the son of NFL Films founder Ed, had this to say when asked about the impact of his movies: "Facts are fleeting; feelings are forever."