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I would love to hear your thought on standardized testing. What have your experiences been? Is it required for home educators in your state? Do you find it helpful for evaluating your students?
For those of you who missed it, Monday's blog entry was an encouragement to all of you who believe education is essential in the fight against ignorance and oppression. Your work is changing lives.
And, as we had talked about writing a little bit ago, I thought you would enjoy this article from the Chronicle of Higher Education on the importance of written expression.
October 19, 1765
The Stamp Act Congress, or First Congress of the United States, drew up a Declaration of Rights and Grievances in response to the British Parliament's passage of The Stamp Act. This foundational even in American history does not get a lot of coverage but it was at this point that the American colonists expressed their unhappiness and disgust with their treatment at the hands of the British. It was in this document that the colonists demanded rights we barely even think about today such as:
- No taxation without representation
- Trial by jury
- American colonists possessed the same rights as Englishmen
- Parliament could not represent the colonies without granting them voting rights.
To learn more about the Stamp Act and the early movements of the American Revolution, check out the following titles:
America's Paul Revere by Esther Forbes
A More Perfect Union, The Story of Our Constitution by Betsy and Giulio Maestro
Boys and Girls of Colonial Days by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
The Forth of July Story by Alice Dalgliesh
History Stories for Children by John Wayland
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
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