Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Disillusion is a word often associated with The Great War and its aftermath. What about this war led to an unprecedented level of disillusionment for people in the Europe and the US?


I know this comes with only a few days left to blog, but I think it could be a great topic. As we will discuss in class, historiography is essentially the way that historians study history. For example when historians ask why an event unfolded the way it did?  Some might say because of economic reasons, while others might argue for social reasons and others might say it was due to the actions of a "great man." I challenge you to compare different historical interpretations of an event. This could be good practice for your 20th Century History Project.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Can a person be wrong and still be important?

Today most people in the field of psychology think Sigmund Freud was wrong about many of his most basic assumptions. If that is true, why is he considered so important? You could also look at some of his ideas and newer alternatives.

Man's Ego

According to your text, Darwin's theory was the "sharpest blow" to modern man's ego since Copernicus "moved the earth from the center of the universe." Why has this particular scientific theory caused so much fuss over the past century and a half? Why have US Courts come down so hard on "creationism" and its younger relative "intelligent design"?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Any good ideas?

As you study Bentham, Ricardo, Malthus, Smith and the Utopian Socialists, which of their ideas were the best? Why?

Thursday, March 26, 2015


(I know we are not quite there yet, but some of you are looking for a new topic) For a boring, bookish man who spent most of his life in a library, his ideas certainly shook the very foundations of Western Civ. Here is your chance to continue our analysis of Marxism: the theory? why it made so much sense to so many? how it was used? abused? Did he get anything right? What were his critical errors?

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Student as Scribe

In this post an assigned student will provide a summary of the days lesson. Was there an assignment or reminders? This should include a summary, how the lesson relates to the "essential question" or "big idea", helpful maps, links, videos, etc. that would be useful to understand or review the day's lesson. This is worth up to 15 points and will be graded on content, creativity, effort and timeliness. Your initial post is due one day after your assigned class, but feel free to add to it as your understanding of the topic expands. At the top of your post you must put the date you are scribing about and your scribe number!

3 reasons for this assignment: 
1. Allows one student to dig deeper into a given topic and do some research, critical thinking and even teaching. 
2. Help anyone who missed that day for whatever reason. 
3. If we do this right this should be a great tool to use when preparing for tests.